Maruti S-Cross Review

As the name suggests, it is a crossover by the design and provides the finest of both worlds i.e. a compact SUV and a large hatch. Maruti launched the S-Cross in the year 2015 with two diesel engine options, 1.6-litre and 1.3-litre. The 1.6-litre variant did not sell well but offered impressive performance. In 2017 Maruti gave it a facelift with some attractive cosmetic changes and the 1.6-litre diesel engine was discontinued. The 1.3-litre mill came with a mild hybrid system. Later, when the BS6 norms arrived, the 1.3 diesel engine was also discontinued, and now the S-Cross comes with a petrol engine for the first time.

Pros:- Elegant Design, Practical Cabin, Punchy Engine, Comfy Ride Quality

Cons:- No Diesel Engine, Misses Out On Some Features, Steering Lacks Feedback

Maruti S-Cross Exterior

The Maruti S-Cross gets a large front grille with chrome accents. The bonnet looks muscular and has strong character lines. It gets LED projector headlamps and DRLs in the top model while the lower trims are offered with halogens. The changes in the side profile of the car are very minimal, and you get a new set of 16-inch alloys, which look nice.

Maruti S-Cross Interior

The Maruti S-Cross gets an all-black interior. It comes equipped with Maruti’s SmartPlay Studio infotainment system which supports Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Voice Commands, Bluetooth, USB & AUX connectivity, steering-mounted controls, remote control through SmartPlay Studio App, etc. It also gets keyless-go with push-button start, automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, reverse parking camera, auto-dimming IVRM, and cruise control. The steering comes leather-wrapped, which gives it a premium feel. The instrument cluster is also easy to read.

Maruti S-Cross Space

The Maruti S-Cross is loaded with an ample amount of rear space. There is enough legroom, headroom, and under-thigh support is also good. The boot has 375-litres of capacity, and loading luggage is not a tough job because of its low loading lip. The rear seats can fold in 60:40 ratio, which can open up more cargo space.

Maruti S-Cross Engine Performance

The Maruti S-Cross petrol gets the same 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine that is shared with its siblings like the Ertiga, XL6, Ciaz and Vitara Brezza. The engine churns out 103 HP @ 6000 RPM and a torque output of 138 Nm @ 4400 RPM. This engine comes mated with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed old school torque convertor automatic. The S-Cross petrol gets a mild-hybrid system which offers three features – automatic start/stop when you bring the car to a halt and release the clutch in neutral, torque assist which offers a slight push of torque at low RPMs and regenerative braking which recharges the li-ion battery under braking.

At idle speeds, the engine is extremely refined and offers a great punch at low revs. Power delivery is flat in the midrange, and it redlines up to 6500 RPM. The old school automatic is not quick to respond and does not get a tiptronic function or manual mode. You just get low, 2nd and an overdrive lock-up button for when you need to overtake on highways.

Maruti S-Cross Mileage

The ARAI rated fuel efficiency of the Maruti S-Cross petrol is 18.55 km/l (MT) and 18.43 km/l (AT). However, in the real-world conditions, it will return around 11-13 km/l in city traffic conditions and 13-15 out on the highways. Fuel efficiency depends upon the style of driving and traffic conditions.

Maruti S-Cross Handling

The Maruti S-Cross is a fun to drive car. The steering feels light and is good for city driving. However, out on the highways, it lacks some feels and feedback. The body roll is well contained and feels stable at high speeds. It gets all 4 disc brakes, and the braking power is quite impressive.

Maruti S-Cross Comfort

The suspension is well-tuned, and it filters through most of the bad patches of the road. However, sometimes you can hear a bit over some terrible roads. The ride of the S-Cross feels mature and comfortable, and it does not toss you up over the bad patches of the roads.

Maruti S-Cross Safety

The Maruti S-Cross comes equipped with dual front airbag, ABS with EBD, all-disc brakes, high-speed alert warning, ISOFIX child seat mounts, engine immobilizer, front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiter are standard across all the variants. The automatic variant also gets a hill-hold feature.

Maruti S-Cross Service

It is a known fact that Maruti has an excellent sales and service network over the entire country. You can find a Maruti service station in any city, town or village. By owning a Maruti car, peace of mind is guaranteed.

Maruti S-Cross Price

Following are the prices (on-road Mumbai) of the variants offered in the Maruti S-Cross:

  • Maruti S-Cross Sigma (MT) – 9.68 lakhs
  • Maruti S-Cross Delta (MT) – 11.05 lakhs
  • Maruti S-Cross Delta (AT) – 12.65 lakhs
  • Maruti S-Cross Zeta (MT) – 11.45 lakhs
  • Maruti S-Cross Zeta (AT) – 13.05 lakhs
  • Maruti S-Cross Alpha (MT) – 13.01 lakhs
  • Maruti S-Cross Alpha (AT) – 14.44 lakhs

Maruti S-Cross Resale Value

Maruti cars are known to be reliable cars and most of them boast of good resale value. The S-Cross diesel holds onto its value pretty well and the petrol variant might not be too different but right now it is too early to say.

Maruti S-Cross Colours

The Maruti S-Cross is offered in the following colours:

  • Nexa Blue
  • Caffeine Brown
  • Granite Grey
  • Premium Silver
  • Pearl Arctic White

Maruti S-Cross Specs

Following are the specifications of the BS6 Maruti S-Cross:

  • Engine:- 1462cc, 4 Cylinder, K15B Smart Hybrid
  • Power:- 103 HP @ 6000 RPM
  • Torque:- 138 Nm @ 4400 RPM
  • Transmission:- 5-Speed Manual | 4 Speed AT
  • Fuel Efficiency (ARAI):- 18.55 km/l (MT) | and 18.43 km/l (AT)
  • Fuel Efficiency (Real World):- 11-13 km/l (City), 13-15 (Highway)
  • Dimensions (L X W X H):- 4300 mm x 1785 mm x 1595 mm
  • Wheelbase:- 2600 mm
  • Ground Clearance:- 180 mm
  • Kerb Weight:- 1130 – 1170 kgs
  • Fuel Tank Capacity:- 48 litres
  • Boot Capacity:- 375 litres
  • Turning Radius:- 5.5 metres
  • Tire Size:- 215/60 R16 (Steel & Alloy)
  • Suspension:- MacPherson Strut with coil spring (Front), Torsion Beam & coil spring (Rear)
  • Brakes:- Disc (Front & Rear)

Maruti S-Cross Variants

The Maruti S-Cross is offered in the following variants:

  • Sigma
  • Delta (MT/AT)
  • Zeta (MT/AT)
  • Alpha (MT/AT)

Maruti S-Cross Rating

We give the Maruti S-Cross a rating of 4/5.

Maruti S-Cross Upcoming Models

Recently Maruti gave the S-Cross a petrol engine with the BS6 emission norms. No new model of the S-Cross is expected in the near future but in a couple of years we are likely to get a new generation of the S-Cross.

Maruti S-Cross vs Hyundai Creta

Hyundai launched its latest generation of the Creta recently. The Hyundai Creta is one of the favourite cars for the people in India, and the sales figures show that too. The Hyundai Creta gets multiple powertrain options, and on top, it gets a turbo petrol engine with a 7-speed DCT gearbox, which is a choice for car enthusiasts. The Creta is also offered with a standard petrol engine as well as a diesel engine. The Creta also has much more features.

Maruti S-Cross vs Kia Seltos

The Kia Seltos is a hot-selling car in the Indian market. The Seltos offers significant features and multiple powertrain options (shared with the Creta) which are suitable for every kind of buyer. In terms of dimension, the Kia Seltos is wider by 15 mm and taller by 50 mm when compared to the Maruti S-Cross.

Maruti S-Cross vs Renault Duster

Recently Renault launched the 1.3-litre turbo petrol variant of the Duster. The turbo variant of the Duster has more power and torque than the Maruti S-Cross and also gets the option of a CVT. In terms of dimensions, the Duster is longer by 60 mm, wider by 37 mm, and taller by 100 mm. The wheelbase of the Duster is also more by 73 mm when compared with the Maruti S-Cross. The Duster offers exemplary ride quality and is quite involving to drive.

Maruti S-Cross vs Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks is offered with a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine, which has more output figures when compared to the Maruti S-Cross. In terms of dimensions, the Nissan Kicks is longer by 84 mm, wider by 28 mm, and taller by 74 mm. The Nissan Kicks also has a 74 mm longer wheelbase than the Maruti S-Cross. The Kicks shares its underpinnings with the Duster but lags behind in terms of service.