2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

Read on to find out which variant of the 2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross petrol is the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the 2020 S-Crosss petrol variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross with its competitors and other petrol C-segment SUVs.

 

2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol?

The pros or advantages of S-Cross petrol 2020 are:

  • For a non-turbo engine, the hybrid petrol engine has phenomenal fuel efficiency and best-in-class torque-to-weight ratio with some more off-peak torque from the electric motor for better drivability.
  • Well-priced lower three variants and very well equipped Delta and Zeta variants after the feature rejig.
  • C-segment car for B2-segment SUV price.

The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross petrol 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • 4-speed automatic, and a torque converter at that, is not acceptable for an Rs. 12 lakh on-road car.
  • No turbo petrol and turbo diesel engine option.
  • Sub4m SUVs from B2-segment offer better road presence in a smaller package.
  • Ground clearance of 180mm is barely enough to qualify for the SUV tag.
  • Missing features for a C-segment SUV- rear AC vents, 6 airbag option, 3-point seatbelt for centre passenger, sunroof, telematics, power driver seat, premium music system.
  • Although it’s a sedan, the Skoda’s Rapid Rider turbo offers far better value for the price than the S-Cross Sigma. Rapid Rider gets front and rear armrests, auto AC, rear AC vents, telescopic steering, music system, a larger boot, torquey turbo petrol engine, 6-speed transmission, better mileage - for almost Rs. 1.0 lakh less than SCross Sigma.

Here’s our Hindi variant breakdown video of the S-Cross petrol for those who prefer watching instead of reading:

What Is The Price Of 2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross?

The 2020 S-Cross petrol is available in 4 variants - Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. Their prices start at Rs. 8.39 lakh and go up to Rs. 11.16 lakh. It’s worth noting that the lower 3 variants are below Rs. 10 lakh ex-showroom, so, in many states, they’ll have a much lower on-road price than an Rs. 10+ lakh car.

The top 3 variants have the option of a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission, which adds almost Rs. 1.25 lakh to the cost. None of these is below Rs. 10 lakh and their prices range from Rs. 10.84 lakh to Rs. 12.39 lakh.

S-CROSS PETROL PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI  | AUG 2020

VARIANT

MANUAL

DIFFERENCE

AUTOMATIC

SIGMA

₹8,39,000

--

--

DELTA

₹9,60,000

₹1,23,500

₹10,83,500

ZETA

₹9,95,000

₹1,23,500

₹11,18,500

ALPHA

₹11,15,500

₹1,23,500

₹12,39,000

2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol Sigma - Base Model Features & Review

For Rs. 8.39 lakh (ex-showroom), the base, Sigma variant of the S-Cross gets the following notable standard features:

  • 2 airbags
  • ABS
  • Rear parking sensors
  • All power windows
  • Power mirrors
  • Split rear seatback
  • Halogen projector headlamps
  • 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Remote central locking
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Tilt steering

While the Sigma variant is reasonably priced, it misses out on the following features:

  • Music system
  • Telescopic steering
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Auto AC
  • Front and rear armrests
  • Steering mounted controls

If you don’t mind these missing features, then the Sigma is worth buying but if you do, then you should at least consider the Delta variant.

MARUTI SUZUKI S-CROSS SIGMA | STD. FEATURES

₹8,39,000 (PETROL MT) | AUG 2020

Safety

Functional

Style

Std. Safety Features

All Power Windows

Adjustable Rear Headrests

Body-coloured Door Handles & ORVMs

Halogen Projector Headlamps

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

Driver Window Auto Up/Down

R16 Steel Wheels w/out Wheel Covers

Front & Rear Disc Brakes

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Auto Engine Start/Stop

Silver Skid Plate

ISOFIX

Tilt Steering

Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts

Fabric Upholstery

Remote Central Locking

Manual AC

   

Front Seatbelt Pretensioners

     

2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol Sigma vs Delta Variant

The Zeta variant of the S Cross petrol costs Rs. 9.6 lakh, which is Rs. 1.21 lakh more than the Sigma’s price. For another Rs. 1.24 lakh, you can also get the Delta with automatic transmission, which costs Rs. 10.84 lakh.

The notable additional features of the Delta variant are:

  • Rear defogger
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Music system
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Cruise control
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Hill-start assist (Auto only)
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Auto AC
  • Telescopic steering
  • Front armrest
  • Sunglass holder
  • Keyless entry with a push-button start stop

The Delta variant justifies the incremental asking price with the additional features. This trim also covers most of the must-have features and also mixes in some goog-to-have items like cruise control, alloy wheels, etc. 

Delta is the bare minimum variant we’d recommend to an SCross buyer. But, if you can stretch your budget just a bit more, then the Zeta is a better option. Let’s see why.

MARUTI SUZUKI S-CROSS DELTA | FEATURES OVER SIGMA

₹9,60,000 (PETROL MT) | ₹10,83,500 (PETROL AT) | AUG 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Rear Defogger

Audio System

Cruise Control

R16 Alloy Wheels

Rear Wiper & Washer

Steering-mounted Audio Controls

Electrically Foldable ORVMs

Light in Glovebox, Footwell & Boot

Day/Night IRVM

CD, Bluetooth, USB & Aux-in

Keyless entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Turn Indicators on ORVMs

Hill Start Assist (AT)

4 Speakers

Auto AC

Roof Rails (black)

   

Telescopic Steering

 
   

Front Armrest

 
   

Dead Pedal

 
   

Sunglass Holder

 
   

Driver Vanity Mirror

 

2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol Delta vs Zeta Variant

The Zeta variant is another Rs. 35,000 more expensive than the Delta for both the manual and automatic transmissions. The S Cross Zeta manual costs Rs. 9.95 lakh and with the automatic, it costs Rs. 11.19 lakh.

For the Rs. 35,000 of incremental cost, it gets the following features:

  • Fog lamps
  • Touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Reclining rear seatback
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Parking camera
  • Rear armrest

The list of features is small but useful and the price gap is also similarly small. The Zeta variant of the SCross is our top recommendation and the most value for money variant in the list.

MARUTI SUZUKI S-CROSS ZETA | FEATURES OVER DELTA

₹9,95,000 (PETROL MT) | ₹11,18,500 (PETROL AT) | AUG 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Fog Lamps

7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System (Smartplay Studio)

Height-adjustable Driver Seat

Chrome & Piano Black Interior Finish

Rear Parking Camera

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Reclining Rear Seat

 
 

Voice Commands

Rear Armrest

 
 

2 Tweeters

Vanity Mirror Lamps

 
 

Navigation

   

2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol Zeta vs Alpha Variant

The Alpha variant is Rs. 1.21 lakh more expensive than the S Cross Zeta. The S-Cross Alpha manual costs Rs. 11.16 lakh and the Alpha automatic costs Rs. 12.39 lakh. The price difference between the manual and automatic stays at Rs. 1.24 lakh just like the other variants.

Here’s what you get with the Alpha variant:

  • LED projector headlamps
  • Auto-dimming inside mirror
  • Auto-levelling headlamps
  • Auto wipers
  • LED DRLs
  • Leather upholstery

For a small list of features, consisting entirely of good-to-have features, the asking price seems quite high. The S-Cross variant doesn’t earn our recommendation as it’s not a value for money upgrade over our top choice, the Zeta variant.

MARUTI SUZUKI S-CROSS ALPHA | FEATURES OVER ZETA

₹11,15,000 (PETROL MT) | ₹12,39,000 (PETROL AT) | AUG 2020

Safety

Functional

Style

LED Projector Headlamps

Auto Headlamps w/ Auto Levelling

Leather Wrapped Steering

Leather Upholstery

Auto-dimming IRVM

Rain Sensing Wipers

LED Tail Lamps

LED DRLs

   

Silver Roof Rails

 

Which 2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol Variant To Buy?

Maruti Suzuki made it extremely easy for you to choose the right variant based on your budget and requirements. The Sigma is a good buy for someone on a budget as it’s priced well. If you find the Sigma bland, then the Delta is a steep but VFM upgrade over the Sigma. For S-Cross automatic buyers, this is the starting point. Delta is the lowest variant you should buy for a decent ownership experience.

Then the Zeta variant adds some useful features for just Rs. 35,000 more and earns our top recommendation. Zeta is the variant you should buy if you want the best value for your money.

The Alpha adds only good-to-have features and that too for a fairly higher-than-justifiable asking price. The Alpha variant of the SCross is not recommended.

200 MARUTI SUZUKI S-CROSS PETROL | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM

Manual

Automatic

Recommendation

SIGMA

Rank 2

₹8,39,000

-

VFM pricing, but some basic features missing

DELTA

Rank 2

₹9,60,000

₹10,83,500

VFM upgrade but consider Zeta variant instead

ZETA

Rank 1

₹9,95,000

₹11,18,500

Top recommended

ALPHA

Rank 3

₹11,15,500

₹12,39,000

Not recommended

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol?

The S-Cross uses the same 1.5-litre hybrid petrol engine, which is available in the Brezza automatic, Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6. it has a better torque-to-weight ratio than the other non-turbo cars in the segment. Its lowest torque and power specifications may put off some buyers but it will, in fact, have better in-gear acceleration and drivability than the non-turbo SUVs in the C-segment.

Not only does the S-Cross petrol have better usable performance, it also has the best mileage figure of around 18.5kmpl with either transmission. It’ll expand that lead in real life as the hybrid’s off-peak torque makes it even more drivable at low RPMs and minimizes the need to rev the engine.

S-CROSS vs C-SEGMENT SUVs

ENGINE SPECS

 

S-Cross

Creta 1.5

Seltos 1.5

Kicks 1.5

Duster

Displacement

1.5L, mild hybrid

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

4

Cubic Capacity

1462cc

1497cc

1497cc

1498cc

1498cc

Maximum Power

105PS @ 6000rpm

115PS@6300rpm

115PS@6300rpm

106PS@5600rpm

106PS@5600rpm

Power:Weight

92.92PS/t

93.49PS/t

94.18PS/t

81.4PS/t

84.87PS/t

Peak Torque

138Nm @ 4400rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

Torque:Weight

122.12Nm/t

117.07Nm/t

117.94Nm/t

109.23Nm/t

113.69Nm/t

Manual

Transmission

5-speed

6-speed 

6-speed

5-speed

5-speed

Manual

Claimed FE

18.55kmpl

16.8kmpl

16.5kmpl

14.1kmpl*

14.26kmpl

Automatic

Transmission

4-speed AT

CVT

CVT

--

--

Automatic

Claimed FE

18.43kmpl

16.9kmpl

16.8kmpl

--

--

What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross?

The Maruti SCross is one of the shorter cars in the C segment as it measures 4300mm - exactly the same as the Creta. It’s the lowest and the narrowest in the segment and has the shortest wheelbase and smallest boot space too. The ground clearance is the lowest as well and so is the fuel tank. The only saving grace for the S Cross is its theoretical driving range of 888km per full tank thanks to its best-in-class mileage figure.

Other than that, there’s nothing working in S Cross favour. If you want road presence, the S-Cross is not for you. The Seltos, Creta and Kicks are expensive, but for under Rs. 10 lakh, you can get a fairly well-equipped Duster, which is on the other end of the spectrum with best-in-class width, wheelbase, height and boot space. The Duster may be lacking in many areas like fuel efficiency and features, but it excels in the dimensions department like no other C-segment SUV.

MARUTI SUZUKI S-CROSS PETROL vs C-SEGMENT SUVs

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

S-Cross

Creta

Seltos

Kicks

Duster

Length

4300mm

4300mm

4315mm

4384mm

4360mm

Width

1785mm

1790mm

1800mm

1813mm

1822mm

Height

1595mm

1635mm

1645mm

1669mm

1695mm

Wheelbase

2600mm

2610mm

2610mm

2673mm

2673mm

Boot Space

353-lt

433-lt

433-lt

400-lt

475-lt

Ground Clearance

180mm

190mm*

190mm*

210mm

205mm

Fuel Tank

48-lt

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

Tyre Size (base)

215/60R16

205/65 R16

205/65 R16

215/65 R16

215/65 R16

Tyre Size (top)

215/60R16

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

215/65 R16

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross?

The 2020 S-Cross is available in the following 5 colour options:

  • White
  • Blue
  • Grey
  • Silver
  • Brown

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700-3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

Ciaz, New City (Exception), Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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