Safety and After Sales Service – Dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child mounts come standard across the S-Cross range, kudos to Maruti for that. However, there are no side and curtain airbags like the European-spec S-Cross which scored a full 5 stars in the Euro and ASEAN NCAP crash tests. However, the S-Cross facelift also gets all 4 disc brakes. We all are aware what is the reach of Maruti’s network in India. A service centre can be found even in the remotest of areas. However, the S-Cross facelift will retail only through the NEXA channel, which is quite less in number when compared to the regular Maruti dealerships.
Verdict – The Maruti S-Cross is the flagship car from India’s largest car maker and although the least selling car from the company, it still is the best one can buy from the Indo-Japanese firm. While not a very engaging car to drive and the lack of the 1.6-litre engine robs away the thrust we were so addicted to, there is no denying, the 1.3-litre engine accounted for 95% of sales. With the facelift, Maruti has given the S-Cross more appeal inside-out and while the hybrid system has no benefits from the government, it does make the S-Cross more frugal. All in all, the S-Cross has now become desirable and practical.
* Maruti’s wide sales and service network, can service this car anywhere
* Updated front-end makes the S-Cross appealing to many
* SHVS tech has made this car more frugal with less emissions
* Fantastic ride quality and good ground clearance makes it apt for India
* Seats offer excellent support, leather feels nice too
* Loaded with a ton of features, as one would expect from the flagship Maruti
What’s Not So Cool
* The 1.6-litre engine will be sorely missed
* 1.3-litre engine has just about adequate performance
* Steering lacks feel, isn’t as fun as it should be
* Brakes could offer more feel and confidence
* Gearbox isn’t smooth, offers a notchy feel
Alternatives: Ford EcoSport, Honda WR-V, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano
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