Maruti Suzuki S Cross Hatchback First Drive Review

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Maruti Suzuki S Cross Overview

If there was one criticism that the S-Cross was guilty of, it was its lacklustre looks. And while the facelift that the S-Cross received in September last year received mixed reviews, its looks are now certainly worth a comment or two. Maruti has also axed the 1.6-litre Alpha diesel motor in the range-topping variant. This has allowed them to drop the top end of the S-Cross’ price bracket. Maruti has also added Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki or SHVS that aims to boost fuel economy and initial pick up. We spent a good week driving the S-Cross in different conditions to figure if these changes help or hamper the S-Cross in the real world.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Exteriors

The S-Cross had the right proportions for a crossover and those looks are now enhanced with this upgraded model. The fascia sports the most significant changes with a bold new redesign. The grille now comes with a thick chrome surround and vertical slats in between. I’m not fond of flashy things, but many Indians love chrome on their cars for that bling factor. And Maruti Suzuki seems to have done just about the right thing as many people in Udaipur appreciated this revamp.

There are redesigned headlamps too with projectors and LED DRLs. Furthermore, the bonnet and front bumper are now chiseled to give the S-Cross a muscular look. The silhouette of the car remains the same, but the car rides on new two-tone machine-finished alloy wheels shod with wider 215/60 R16 tyres, up from the previous 205/60 R16. At the rear, the crossover sports sleeker looking LED tail lamps.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Interiors

The interiors of the S-Cross strike a familiar chord with the outgoing version. This is a good thing since it was a well-finished cabin that looked elegant anyway. The noticeable updates include a door armrest that’s now wrapped in leather, a smart-hybrid auto start/stop cancel switch and the touchscreen infotainment system which is now compatible with Android Auto (earlier only Apple CarPlay). The rest is the same. So, you get adequate stowage spaces on the lower centre console, inside the drivers central arm rest and the front door pads too.

Just like earlier, the overall fit and finish is good and there are lots of soft touch points on the upper dash and door pads. That said, we noticed some inconsistency such as the variation of plastic grain on the soft touch dashboard versus the hard plastic sections. Let’s talk about the seats now. Slide on to those large front seats with firm cushioning and you will appreciate lots of legroom, the high seating positon with great visibility, good lateral and thigh support, and adequate headroom.

Meanwhile, the large rear bench can comfortably seat three passengers, thanks to the superior shoulder room, ample legroom and adequate thigh support. However, headroom for tall passengers will be tight and there’s no rear ac vent here either. On the boot front, the S-Cross continues to offer 353-litres of boot space through a well-shaped enclosure that can easily swallow two large suitcases and some soft bags. Plus, the 60:40 split folding seats with the almost flat folding feature means the boot space can expand up to 810-litres.

Features that are unique on the refreshed S-Cross are the DRLs with LED projector head lights, two-tone machined alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, door armrest in leather, a six-speaker touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto compatibility (earlier only Apple CarPlay), smart hybrid auto start/stop cancel switch, and a new paint shade called ‘Nexa Blue’. You also get features like keyless entry and go, auto head lights, sat-nav, climate control, auto wipers, dual front airbags, and ABS with EBD.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Gearbox

There is now just one engine to talk about – the 90PS, 1.3-litre multijet diesel. And while it’s an engine we have talked about many times (the same engine features in the Brezza, Ciaz and Ertiga in addition to a number of other cars from other manufacturers), this time it’s paired with the Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki or SHVS. Though it only plays a small role, the difference it makes is significant. The hero of the systems is a combination of a starter motor and an alternator for charging the battery. This motor, in addition to starting the car up during auto-start-stop functions, also provides additional torque to the engine during acceleration, boosting fuel efficiency. The same starter motor then uses energy from deceleration to charge the batteries back up.

This electrical assistance is quite small, so you won’t feel much of a change in performance. But there is a distinct smoothness to the engine as compared to the non-SHVS car which has a sudden surge of torque that builds up around the 1800rpm mark. Where the difference is felt is over longer distances and this showed up in our fuel runs too with the S-Cross returning 19.16kmpl in the city and 20.65kmpl on the highway. While the SHVS wouldn’t have affected the highway figure much on account of the more constant speeds, the city figure of most cars is usually around 3-4kmpl less than our highway test figures. The only explanation for such a small difference between city and highway figures is down to the effectiveness of the SHVS system.

In our straight line performance tests, the S-Cross managed the 0-100kmph sprint in 10.31s and the quarter mile was completed in 17.15 seconds at 127.23kmph. For more information on Maruti Suzuki S Cross visit Rbts

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Driving

Indians prefer buying an SUV these days, mostly due to the uneven road conditions. So Maruti Suzuki has also made sure on optimising the S-Cross’ McPherson struts and torsion beam coil spring suspension according to such road conditions. As a result, the S-Cross offers a comfortable ride even on rough tarmac and over small potholes. Sure there is side-to-side movement of passengers at slow speeds, but the damping settings are well adjusted to take such paths with ease. Still the suspension is a bit towards the firmer side, so sharper potholes do sent a jolt into the cabin. On the brighter side, this helps the S-Cross remain flat around corners and makes it stable at higher speeds. But then again, even if the steering has a good feedback, it would have been a delight if it would have been more direct. Nonetheless, the wider 215-section high profile JK tyres stick to the road like a slug and boost confidence to go around bends faster. The sure-footed crossover has all disc brakes with remarkable bite. Thanks to this combination, the S-Cross didn’t lose its poise even under hard braking.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Safety

Features that are unique on the refreshed S-Cross are the DRLs with LED projector head lights, two-tone machined alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, door armrest in leather, a six-speaker touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto compatibility (earlier only Apple CarPlay), smart hybrid auto start/stop cancel switch, and a new paint shade called ‘Nexa Blue’. You also get features like keyless entry and go, auto head lights, sat-nav, climate control, auto wipers, dual front airbags, and ABS with EBD.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Cost in Chennai

Maruti Suzuki S Cross On Road Price is 10,12,088/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,85,000/- in Chennai. 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 .Check for Maruti S Cross at Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Final Word

The S-Cross wasn’t one of the better-looking cars from its segment. Now, with the updates Maruti Suzuki has addressed that issue. Still if I was to nit-pick, I would say the S-Cross can have a more refined engine. Some components inside the cabin, especially the lower sections, could get better plastics for such a premium vehicle. Otherwise, the crossover now offers an interesting combination of looks, space, comfort, features and performance.

Maruti Suzuki hasn’t announce the prices yet, but we expect it to continue to compete against the Hyundai Creta, Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and the recently launched Tata Nexon too. And if priced competitively, it can pose a very formidable challenge to its competitors. It can eventually then create a bigger space for itself in the growing SUV/crossover segment in the Indian car market.

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