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

    by Mahesh Yadav on Friday, Aug 07 2020

    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-Cross's 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 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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