Maruti can sell premium cars with premium price tag, and that was proved by them with the success of Ciaz. Offering great value, great features and great car; Maruti is able to fight with anyone in any segment.
Now as we already know that India is a market where people buy car based on looks and fuel efficiency rather than its safety and value. People started shifting to SUVs as they have road presence, high seating and most important on unsettled Indian roads, the ride comfort. In the range of 8-12 lakhs, many cross-overs started raining in our market. Duster, Terrano etc. came in indian market in 2012, but they were not really offering all the features and value at that time. Eventually, time passed and they made competition tough.
Maruti had to come in this segment to fight with Nissan, Renault, Ford and Hyundai. It has to be a safe, good looking, efficient, feature proof car by Maruti! Maruti finally came up with S-Cross, a crossover that came to change the market scenario. A car that was designed very good, built nicely and offered great value in overall all the departments.
I must state here, the car is built very solidly. Material and quality is better than expected on any other Maruti products.
Car scores low marks in the looks department. The exterior design is not very eye pleasing or head turning. The dimensions of the car is really big, in fact it is longer than its sibling Ertiga.
Front of the car resembles to the SX4. Bi-xenon projector headlights are first in the segment are placed here in the ends of the middle grill. It houses LED strips, which are ironically not DRLs (day time running lights) but pilot lamps, which can be started with light stick inside the car. In the bottom end, there are two fog lamps with chrome inserts around them.
There is no chrome drama in the rear end. Rear houses a simply designed tail gate. MarutiSuzuki logo, name of car and just a 1.6 naming is there to identify car’s model. There is no provision for 1.3 models. Simple tail lights and rear wiper with washer is fitted in nice manner. Reverse parking sensors are on mounted on bumpers and there is a rear camera to aid you while parking.
Side profile of the car makes it look like a station wagon rather than a premium crossover. Maruti has added skid-plats and black plastic cladding all along the body of car to make it look bulky. Well, it looks bulky as well. ORVMs are mounted on the doors themselves, they can be adjusted electrically and can be shut via a button, too.
Alloys of the wheels don’t carry a great design. They look like aftermarket wheel covers. Antenna to receive radio and GPS signals is mounted on rear side of the roof.
Entre inside with keyless locking system. You will be treated with all black sporty looking interior theme. All the desired features are available here. From touchscreen infotainment system to automatic climate control and front comfortable seats to great quality dashboard.
Steering wheel is leather wrapped, cruise control buttons and integrated volume, mute, song changing buttons are all here to help you. To pick up calls and to give voice command, you have three buttons to pull, mounted on the left side of the steering.
Push start/stop button is located on the right side of the dashboard, fog lights, headlight focus adjustor! There are two centre AC vents in the center, below them; there is a touchscreen centre console. Both are surrounded by silver lining. Below the screen, you got your Climate control. Left hand side of the dash is just simple and houses glove box storage compartment. A 12V power socket is given to juice up the phone. There are plenty of storage spaces to store your small knick-knacks. Centre arm rest is supportive and there is a storage space in it.
All four doors can handle 1L water bottles. Front seats are very comfortable. They offer great support and finding perfect seating location is an easy task with height adjustable seats. Coming in the car or leaving the car would be easy from front and back seats as door apertures are big enough. You can incline rear seats to maximize the comfort. It’s irony that there is no rear AC vent to help you in extremely hot summers.
Talking about the boot space, it is 353-375 litres depending upon the position of rear seats. You can fold seats in 60:40 ratios to maximize the space. Boot is shaped nicely too. There is a small light provided too to help you out in dark times.
It’s really funny that Maruti introduced the 1.6 Diesel engine here in India even before Fiat itself do it. The 1.6l DDiS Fiat based diesel engine has healthy 118 BHP @3750rpm and a jaw dropping torque of 320Nm @1750rpm. This is mated with a slick 6 speed gear box unit and is called DDIS320 engine as it produces 320Nm of torque.
Another engine on offer is DDIS200 diesel with 1300cc Vaariable Turbo engine. We all know it as Maruti has already offered this Nation Engine in Swift, Dzire, Ertiga and Ciaz.
Fire up the DDIS320 engine and you won’t feel a lot of vibrations. Though there is a little amount of diesel rumble that makes way to cabin. It’s a diesel engine, so this is quite acceptable. Press the accelerator and go beyond 1750rpm, which will throw you in turbo zone and you’ll be pushed back in your seats. Below that, engine will feel little underpowered. For a quick overtake or manoeuvre, you have to shift down a gear. The DDIS320 engine is made for long highway cruising, so it will cruise above 100 speeds at 6th gear in low rpm.
2 ventilated discs are provided in the front and 2 solid discs are provided in the rear to stop the car in lowest possible distance. ABS+EBD are provided to enhance vehicle handling. Car comes equipped with 2 airbags and there is no option for additional airbags.
Car is a Front Wheel Drive, so you don’t get off road capabilities like Duster AWD offers in the same segment. But what you get is driving pleasure and good high speed control capabilities.
Steering feels responsive even on triple digit speeds. All the parts of the car are really well built and you can feel that. Engine is efficient; DDIS320 gives 22.7kmpl and DDIS200 returns 23.65kmpl. Fuel tank is 48 litres and that gives you long range; that is good for touring.
What works for?
- Well packed all rounder car at a great price point
- Solidly built inside out
- Practicle and spacious cabin
- Good quality interiors
- Supportive seats and great steering give you comfortable long distance trips
- Best in class after sales by Maruti
- Packed with great features
What works against?
- Not so great exterior design
- Turbo-lag is present in lower rpm range in 1.6 engine
- Boot is big though would not take a lot of luggage for long trips
- 1.6 engine is more expensive than 1.3, you have to pay about 1.2 lakhs more
Comment down below if I missed a point or you don’t think the same way and why.
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