Maruti Suzuki S Cross Review & Test Drive


Maruti Suzuki S Cross Overview

With the S-Cross, Maruti has forayed into the premium crossover segment and in doing so has pioneered the segment in India as well. At 4,300mm in length, the Maruti S-Cross is longer than all other mass market hatchbacks in India. It measures in at 1,765mm in width, 1,590mm in width and has a wheelbase of 2,600mm. Suzuki has also upped the ground clearance of the S-Cross to 180mm for the India spec model. Do not mistaken though, as the S-Cross is no off-road buggy and it does not come loaded with the all-wheel drive system found on the international model either. But then again, all most of all of India does not deal with snow in the winters for the need of an all-wheel drive system for daily use.

So what is the S-Cross all about for India then? Well for one, this is truly a premium offering from Maruti Suzuki. Build quality, interior trim and fit and finish are the best seen on a mass segment Maruti till date. The car also comes loaded with equipment and the cabin is a spacious one to be in. This car takes Maruti’s mass market game a notch forward in every aspect and is truly a well rounded vehicle. Check for Maruti Suzuki S Cross price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Taking the game further is the fact that Maruti has also introduced a new engine in India under the hood of the S-Cross in the form of the 1.6 litre DDiS diesel engine. A unit that has the potential to power bigger Maruti’s in the future. As a spacious, powerful, fun to drive, well equipped, safe and premium offering the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross caters to a niche clientele in its segment. Backed by the company’s large sales and service network, the Maruti S-Cross is an able automobile that takes the brand forward on all counts.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Look

The new Maruti S-Cross 2017 gets a new front look . The new front grille looks premium, and resembles the BMW X1 to an extent. The S-Cross does look good and it has a lot of bits that do stand out. With the new fascia, it looks more attractive now. The new hood design makes it look bigger. The headlamps also get a change and there are projectors this time. This is one of the fastest facelift Maruti has ever given to any of its products and we reckon this should help. The global S-Cross got its update and it was due for India anyways.

The side remains unchanged. However, the alloy wheels are new this time. The rear is simlar to what it was earlier. Its is mostly the front end that looks different now. The projector headlamps get daytime running LEDs on this new version too. The headlamps look more exquisite. There shall be some new colours also on offer. The new hood makes it look somewhat different and more appealing, we have to wait and watch how it seems in the real world.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Comfort

The S-Cross is a flagship car for Maruti, and it’s interior shows. The all-black dashboard with satin chrome accents and the hexagonal shaped centre console are all similar to the pre-facelifted model. The leather-wrapped steering wheel features buttons for audio and cruise control. The use of soft-touch plastics adds to the premium feel in the cabin. The SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system takes care of music needs and gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The instrument cluster dials get minor tweaks. The crossover comes with features like automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, reverse parking camera and gear shift indicator.

The switches carried over from the Swift and Dzire still continue to feature in the facelifted S-Cross. The instrument cluster is easy to read. The large door pockets, magazine pockets and other utility spaces add to better ergonomics of the cabin. Maruti is offering leather seats on the facelifted S-Cross which offer very good support. However, where the S-Cross surprises us is in the rear seat space. There is enough legroom, headroom and the under-thigh support is good too. Surprisingly there are still no rear AC vents being offered.

The boot space remains identical to the pre-facelifted car at 375-litres and is very usable and taking luggage in and out is very easy thanks to the low loading bay. The rear seats spilt fold in 60:40 ratio, in case, you need additional cargo space.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Transmission

The specs of the S-Cross will see a change here this time. The 2017 Maruti S-Cross will get a 1.3-litre diesel engine only. The engines develops 90bhp of power and 200Nm of maximum torque. A five-speed manual transmission does duty alongwith. The 1.6-litre diesel engine will be discontinued. Reason for that being, high price tag and low penetration amongst buyers. Maruti had been importing this engine directly from Fiat in Europe, hence it was expensive. So those looking at performance will miss out on this engine. Maruti wants to focus more on mass buyers rather than enthusiasts. The single engine option will help the company curtail costs too. For more details on Maruti Suzuki S Cross visit Mpculture

The 1.5-litre petrol engine, which was rumoured to come is also out of the race. This engine will not be launched anytime soon. The 1.3-litre engine will be the only engine for the S-Cross. This is more of a cruiser engine and is ideal for decent performance and good driveability. for spirited driving, however, one has to make constant gearshifts.

The 1.3-litre diesel engine returns about 13km/l in the city and about 17km/l on the highway. As per the ARAI figures, the S-Cross returns 25km/l. Howver, in real driving conditions that is hard to achieve.This Fiat sourced engine is very frugal and Maruti has mastered how to extract the best possible performance and mileage from this engine. An SHVS on this engine is not likely to come, as the new tax regulations would make it unviable now.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Riding

The Maruti S-Cross isn’t a tall vehicle which makes it drive more like a hatchback than an SUV, yet there is some amount of body roll due to the heavy weight of the car. The vehicle does handle well and can be fun but there is little feedback that the steering offers although still better than the Ciaz. What is fantastic though is the ride quality as the car absorbs most bumps in its stride with ease, only throwing that occasional thud when you suddenly encounter a bad patch at higher speeds. The S-Cross could do with better stopping power and although the tyres have good grip, the feedback from the brake pedal is a bit lacking.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Safety

The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross gets a good number of safety features as a standard fitment across all the variants. The stopping duties are done by ventilated disc brakes for the front wheel and solid discs for the rear. ABS is offered as standard even in the base model. And as for the safety, child safety lock, crash sensor and seat belt warning are given as standard in all the trims. However, the anti-theft alarm is given a miss in the base variant.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki S Cross On Road Price is 10,30,684/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,85,000/- in Hyderabad. Maruti Suzuki S Cross comes in 5 colours, namely Urban Blue,Pearl Arctic White,Premium Silver,Caffeine Brown,Granite Grey. Maruti Suzuki S Cross comes with 2WD with 1248 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 88 bhp@4000 rpm and Peak Torque 200 Nm@1750 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at 11.3 seconds . Maruti Suzuki S Cross comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Final Word

The Maruti S-Cross reviews are mostly positive. It is undoubtedly one of the best cars in the segment. You might feel a little inferior in terms of power, but the engine refinement does the job for you. Plus, the designing is unmistakably attractive and bold. After all, there aren’t many cars on the block to get vertical chrome-dipped front grille. And unlike some of the affordable cars from the company, the S-Cross is richly fed with a good range of safety additional and the disc brakes on all the four wheels and ABS as standard will prove the point. Even, the crash sensor has not been missed in any of the trims. However, the Maruti S-Cross on-road price takes it closer to the league of the Hyundai Creta, which tends to divert the customers to the Hyundai car. And thus, this is the reason why we don’t see as many S-Cross as the Cretas and the Dusters.

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