Maruti Suzuki S Cross
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8.81 Lakhs-11.44 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish Demeanour
  • High Practicality
  • Value For Money 
  • Good Ride 

Weak Areas

  • No Petrol Option
  • No AMT
  • Pricey Top Variant 
  • Average Space 
Maruti Suzuki S Cross

2017 Maruti S-Cross Road Test Review

Maruti has updated its S-Cross and now looking forward to dominate in the luxury crossover category. Will it be able to do that; we find in this road test review.

2017 Maruti S-Cross Road Test Review

Maruti Suzuki India Limited recently launched updated version of S-Cross in India with revised exteriors and interiors, and updated features. Maruti has also made changes in the engine and transmission department and in a smart move, Maruti has decided to ditch the bigger 1.6-litre diesel engine and continue the smaller 1.3-litre which now comes integrated with Maruti’s smart hybrid system.

        2017 S-Cross Sharp exteriors with projector headlamps

Now equipped with bold and aggressive frontage, Maruti is confident that new S-Cross will find favour with the market and to check whether this hope has some substance, we get behind the wheels of new S-Cross in this road test review.

Design, Style & Interiors

The changes to the exterior include the new grille with vertical slats, projector LED headlamps with DRLs and redesigned bonnet and bumper. 

          2017 S-Cross Vertically slatted grille

In the profile, changes manifest in the form of new dual tone alloy wheel finishing which simply looks superb and also features wider tires. 

The company has also made changes to the rear with new LED tail lamps now making their way to the rear.Inside the cabin, Maruti has deliberately use high-quality materials and black piano finish for making the cabin more opulent and posh.
         2017 S Cross Skid plate at bottom a nice touch

The satin finish on the console and leather-wrapped center armrest also add to the design. The touchscreen infotainment system has also been upgraded and now it comes with both Apple CarPlay and Android auto. 

            2017 S-Cross revised tail lamps though uneven panel gap

The rear seat space has been the strong point of the S-Cross and the availability of the rear AC vents further add to the convenience. The headroom and legroom is quite abundant and the only lagging is the lack of width which somewhat hamper the comfort of the occupants.

         2017 S-Cross All-black interiors with satin finish

Engine, Transmission & Driving Dynamics

The facelift S-cross continues to be powered by 1.3-liter turbocharged diesel engine capable of putting out 90 PS and 200 Nm of max power and max torque respectively. The engine comes mated with 5-speed manual transmission which provides motive force to the front wheels of the car. The new addition, however, is the integration of Maruti Smart hybrid. The engine refinement is acceptable and the low-end torque is good too and unlike the other Marutis, the turbo lag is not very apparent and that is a good thing especially if you plan to drive mostly in the city traffic. The reason behind it is the integration of variable geometry turbocharger which also bumps the power to the 90 PS. As the revolution rises the turbocharger comes into its own and provides enough power for the highway driving. The 5-speed manual transmission is slick and the gates are very well-defined. The integration of smart hybrid system is sure to help the S-Cross to stretch the mileage further.
          2017 S-Cross Tried and tested 1.3-liter DDiS diesel engine; 1.6-liter discontinued

The ride and handling of S-Cross are on the stiffer side which is good for driving enthusiasts though it affects the slow speed ride feels a bit jittery. The solace, however, can be derived from the fact that as the speed rises, the absorption capacity of the S-Cross becomes increasingly efficient. Handling, on the other hand, subscribes to the high standards and the people who enjoy the driving are sure to give positive comments about the handling of S-Cross.

           2017 S-Cross Sharp handling and pliant ride

Overall Verdict

At a starting price of Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the 2017 S-Cross fares quite well on the value for money. In fact, the biggest improvement on the facelift version of S-Cross is the aggressive face that Maruti has finally endowed on this crossover.  The meek face of the earlier version has gone and aptly replaced by vertically slatted aggressive grill which makes it more menacing than before. The quality has also gone up and thanks to the use of premium upholstery; the ambience inside cabin has gone notches higher than the outgoing version. Even in the engine and transmission department, Maruti has made a smart move by discontinuing 1.6-liter motor and offering 1.3-liter which smart hybrid system for maximizing the fuel efficiency. In all, 2017 Maruti S-Cross is a huge improvement over the outgoing version and sure to strike a chord with customers.

Style & Substance                  4/5                                    Ride & Handling          3.5/5
Interiors & Ergonomics:           3/5                                   Safety & Equipment     3.5/5
Power-Plant & Transmission      3.5/5                             Fuel Efficiency            4/5
Value for Money     3.5/5

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