Maruti S-Cross Zeta vs Hyundai Venue SX Turbo ACMT Petrol - Which Car To Buy For Rs. 10 Lakh

Now that the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross petrol is here, let’s compare its Zeta variant’s prices, dimensions, engine specs and features with the Hyundai Venue SX turbo ACMT (auto clutch) to decide which car you should buy.

Maruti S-Cross vs Hyundai Venue

Read the following article to understand why we chose the Zeta variant of the 2020 SCross:

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

If you’re not in the mood to read, then you can also watch our Hindi S-Cross variant breakdown video:

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Zeta vs Hyundai Venue SX Turbo Petrol - Price Comparison

The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Zeta petrol MT costs Rs. 9.95 lakh - Rs. 5,000 below the psychological barrier of a million rupees. The Venue SX turbo petrol with the 6-speed Auto Clutch Manual Transmission (ACMT) costs just shy of the Rs. 10 lakh rupee mark. If you don’t care about the auto-clutch manual transmission, then you can also get the Venue SX turbo with full manual and 3-pedal layout for Rs. 21,000 less. There’s little difference between the prices of the S-Cross Zeta and Venue SX turbo ACMT.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Zeta vs Hyundai Venue SX Turbo Petrol

Price Comparison

S Cross Zeta MT

Difference

Venue SX Turbo ACMT

₹9,95,000

₹4,999

₹9,99,999

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Zeta Petrol MT vs Hyundai Venue SX Turbo ACMT - Safety Features Comparison

Let’s first go through the common safety features available in the two cars.

Common Safety Features

Here’s the list of common safety features available in the SCross Zeta and Venue SX:

 

Front Seatbelt Pretensioners

Halogen Projector Headlamps

ABS w/ EBD

ISOFIX

Day/Night IRVM

Rear Parking Camera

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Defogger

Dual Front Airbags

 

Unique Safety Features

With the common features out of the way, let’s now compare what unique features the S-Cross Zeta and Venue SX turbo bring to the table.

Unique Safety Features

S CROSS ZETA

VENUE SX TURBO

Front & Rear Disc Brakes

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

Rear Wiper & Washer

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

Reflector Fog Lamps

Projector Fog Lamps

 

Cornering Lamps

The SCross Zeta gets fewer but more useful safety features, which are not available in the Venue SX. The SCross wins in the safety features department with pricier and important features.

S-Cross Zeta Petrol MT vs Venue SX Turbo ACMT - Functional Features Comparison

In terms of functional features, there’s a much longer list of common features shared between these two cars.

Common Functional Features

The S Cross and Venue have the following common functional features:

S-Cross Zeta & Venue SX Turbo - Common Functional Features

All Power Windows

Electrically-adjustable ORVMs

Tilt Adjustment

Front Armrest with Storage

Adjustable Front and Rear Headrests

Driver-side Power Window w/ Auto Up/Down

Rear Parcel Tray

Cruise Control

Automatic AC

Height-adjustable Driver Seat

Electrically-foldable ORVMs

Dead Pedal

Unique Functional Features

The S-Cross Zeta variant again beats the Venue SX with everyday usable features. It’s not like the Venue doesn’t have these features, but they’re reserved for the more expensive SX (O) variant.

Unique Functional Features

S CROSS ZETA

VENUE SX TURBO

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Luggage Lamp

Auto Engine Start/Stop

Cooled Glovebox

Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Keyless entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Passenger-side Vanity Mirror

Telescopic Steering

Remote Central Locking

Sunglass Holder

Driver Rear View Monitor

Driver Vanity Mirror

Automatic Headlamps

Reclining Rear Seat

Front Map Lamps

Rear Armrest

Rear AC Vents

Vanity Mirror Lamps

 

Illuminated Glovebox, boot and footwell

 

Maruti SCross Zeta Petrol MT vs Hyundai Venue SX ACMT - Entertainment Features Comparison

Let’s see if the Venue SX can catch up to the S-Cross Zeta with some entertainment features.

Common Entertainment Features

Here are the common entertainment features of the SCross Zeta and Venue SX turbo:

S-Cross Zeta & Venue SX Turbo - Common Entertainment Features

USB & Bluetooth Connectivity

Steering-mounted Audio Controls

4 Speakers

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

2 Tweeters

 

Unique Entertainment Features

The Venue SX does make up for the lost ground with a larger screen, Bluetooth app to control the music system and a premium music system. The S-Cross still maintains its overall lead, though.

Unique Entertainment Features

S CROSS ZETA

VENUE SX TURBO

7-inch Touchscreen

8-inch touchscreen

 

Hyundai iBlue Remote App

 

Arkamys Sound Mood

SCross Zeta vs Venue SX - Style Features Comparison

Stye should be the area where the Venue shines.

Common Style Features

The Venue SX and S-Cross Zeta have the following common style features:

S-Cross Zeta & Venue SX Turbo - Common Style Features

Chrome & Piano Black Interior Finish

Turn Indicators on ORVMs

Fabric Upholstery

Roof Rails (black)

R16 Alloy Wheels

LED Taillamps

Silver Skid Plate

 

Unique Style Features

The SCross Zeta has nothing unique to challenge the Venue SX while the Hyundai Venue packs a punch. The biggest impact of that punch comes from punching a hole in the Venue’s roof - aka sunroof. The Venue also has LED DRls, which Maruti Suzuki has reserved for the Alpha variant.

Unique Style Features

S CROSS ZETA

VENUE SX TURBO

-

Sunroof

 

Shark Fin Antenna

 

LED DRL

 

Leather-wrapped Steering & Gear

Maruti S Cross Zeta Petrol MT vs Hyundai Venue SX Turbo IMT - Dimensions Comparison

To appreciate the dimensions of the S-Cross petrol, you have to look at it from the sides. It’s as long as the Creta and almost as tall as the Venue. Still, the stronger glass to body ratio of the Venue gives it an unfair advantage. From the front and back, it’s difficult to claim that the Venue is only 1cm taller than the S-Cross by just looking at it. The boxy body style gives it a stronger road presence even though it’s quite far behind the S-Cross in overall volume.

One major disadvantage of going with the B2 segment Venue is that these cars have pretty-much non-existent bumpers. So, even insignificant bumps end up on the metal parts and it adds to the repair bill. For the S-Cross, it’s not a problem as its bumpers allow it to absorb a shock before transmitting it to the rest of the body.

On the flip side, the S-Cross’ foot-long advantage doesn’t offer any more real-world benefits. Despite a longer body, its boot space is still the same as the Venue. Even if you position the rear seatbacks to the upright position, the SCross still only gains 25-litre of an edge over the Venue.

Even in the ground clearance department, the SCross is falling behind the Venue. The Maruti S Cross has barely enough clearance to call itself an SUV as some hatchbacks like Ignis and Datsun Go are offering 180mm or higher ground clearance.

In the comparison of the dimensions, the Venue SX and S Cross Zeta are evenly-matched.

S-CROSS ZETA vs VENUE SX TURBO

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

S-Cross Zeta

Venue SX Turbo

Length

4300mm

3995mm

Width

1785mm

1770mm

Height

1595mm

1605mm

Wheelbase

2600mm

2500mm

Boot Space

353-lt

350-lt

Ground Clearance

180mm

190mm (est.)

Fuel Tank

48-lt

45-lt

Tyre Size

215/60R16

215/60 R16

S Cross Zeta vs Venue SX IMT (ACMT) - Engine Specs Comparison

The S-Cross’ hybrid petrol engine has one advantage over the Venue SX turbo - its fuel efficiency. And, even in that aspect, the Venue is not that far behind - lagging by only about 0.5kmpl.

The Venue SX Turbo petrol engine, on the other hand, thrashes the SCross with a significantly better power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratio. The turbo petrol engines churn our huge torque at low RPMs and for a wider rev band. This makes it extremely easy to drive in the city and swiftly overtake without downshifting or revving the engine hard.

To further make it easier to drive, the Venue SX gets the auto-clutch manual transmission. Hyundai calls it the iMT. It’s a 2-pedal system with no clutch lever in the footwell. But it has a regular H-pattern manual transmission. You just don’t need to press the clutch pedal and you can change the gears with ease. It’s a great compromise as it offers full control over gear selection like a manual but is still a lot cheaper than an automatic transmission.

This Venue SX ACMT costs Rs. 21,000 more than the turbo SX MT. You can choose either of these two options depending on your preference but our recommendation is to choose the auto-clutch manual version of the SUV.

Another advantage of the Venue SX is its lower insurance costs as it has a sub-1.0-litre engine. With the Venue SX, you could save anywhere between Rs. 5,000 - 10,000 depending on the insurer and cover you choose.

In the engine comparison, the Venue SX ACMT expands the lead over the S-Cross Zeta

S-CROSS ZETA vs VENUE SX TURBO

ENGINE SPECS

 

S-Cross Zeta

Venue SX

Displacement

1.5-litre Hybrid

1.0-litre Turbo

Cylinder

4

3

Cubic Capacity

1462cc

998 cc

Maximum Power

105PS @ 6000rpm

120PS @ 6000rpm

Power:Weight

92.92PS/t

104PS/t

Peak Torque

138Nm @ 4400rpm

172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm

Torque:Weight

122.12Nm/t

149Nm/t

Transmission

5-speed

6-speed MT & 6-speed ACMT (iMT)

Mileage

18.55kmpl

18.07kmpl

S Cross Zeta vs Venue SX iMT - Which Car Should You Buy?

The Hyundai Venue SX offers significantly better value than the S-Cross Zeta. The Venue SX misses out on some important features like rear washer and wiper, keyless entry with push-button start/stop and rear armrest, which are available in the S-Cross Zeta. But, the Venue SX more than makes up for these with a sunroof, rear AC vents and a punchier turbo petrol engine with phenomenal torque-to-weight ratio. Not only does it offer great in-gear acceleration, but it does that without compromising on the mileage. And, it costs a bit less to insure as well.

Considering the engine performance, dimensions, price and features of the S-Cross Zeta and Hyundai Venue SX turbo ACMT, the Venue comes across as the better option for most buyers. If you want better value for money, you should buy the Venue SX Turbo petrol ACMT.

MARUTI S-CROSS ZETA PETROL MT vs HYUNDAI VENUE SX TURBO ACMT

VERDICT

Car

Price

Recommendation

S Cross Zeta MT

₹9,95,000

Buy if you are okay with acceptable performance and want better everyday-usable features + wide service network reach.

Venue SX ACMT

₹9,99,999

Top Recommended. Buy for better style, performance and convenience of ACMT.

Venue SX MT

₹9,79,000

It offers better value than the SCross Zeta.

But, you should consider the Venue SX ACMT instead for the added convenience.

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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