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    Maruti S-Cross Zeta vs Renault Duster RXZ Petrol - Which Car To Buy For Rs. 10 Lakh

    by Mahesh Yadav on Wednesday, Aug 12 2020

    We now have the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross petrol prices. So, let’s compare the prices, dimensions, engine specs and features of the S Cross Zeta variant with the Renault Duster RXZ to decide which car offers better value for money and which one you should buy.

     

    Maruti S-Cross vs Renault Duster

    Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Zeta vs Renault Duster RXZ 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 Duster RXZ petrol with the 1.5-litre petrol engine and 5-speed manual transmission costs Rs. 9.99 lakh. So, these both cars are priced in the same ballpark.

    It’s worth noting here that the Duster’s RXZ variant which we’re looking at here is the top variant. Meanwhile, the S-Cross also has the Alpha variant, which is more expensive than the Zeta.

    Maruti Suzuki S Cross Zeta vs Renault Duster RXZ Petrol

    Price Comparison

    S Cross Zeta MT

    Difference

    Duster RXZ MT

    ₹9,95,000

    ₹4,000

    ₹9,99,000

    Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Zeta Petrol MT vs Renault Duster RXZ MT - Safety Features Comparison

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

    Common Safety Features

    Here’s the list of common safety features available in the SCross Zeta and Duster RXZ:

    S-Cross Zeta & Duster RXZ - Common Safety Features

    Rear Defogger

    Halogen Projector Headlamps

    Dual Front Airbags

    Day/Night IRVM

    ABS w/ EBD

    Rear Parking Camera

    Rear Parking Sensors

    Rear Wiper & Washer

    Front Fog Lamps

     

    Unique Safety Features

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

    Unique Safety Features

    S CROSS ZETA

    DUSTER RXZ

    Front & Rear Disc Brakes

    Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

    ISOFIX

    Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

    Front Seatbelt Pretensioners

     

    Based on your preferences, you may be inclined towards one of these cars but the S-Cross Zeta’s features carry a higher value. These are also near impossible to install later for a reasonable price.

    S-Cross Zeta Petrol MT vs Duster RXZ MT - Functional Features Comparison

    In terms of functional features, we have a lot of common elements shared between these two cars.

    Common Functional Features

    The S Cross Zeta and Duster RXZ have the following common functional features:

    S-Cross Zeta & Duster RXZ - Common Functional Features

    All Power Windows

    Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts

    Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

    Cruise Control

    Tilt Steering

    Electrically Foldable ORVMs

    Auto AC

    Front Armrest

    Adjustable Front and Rear Headrests

    Height-adjustable Driver Seat

    Driver Window Auto Up/Down

    Rear Armrest

    Rear Parcel Tray

     

    Unique Functional Features

    The S Cross Zeta has a lot of unique features over the Duster. Most of these features, you’ll appreciate during your day-to-day drives. Features like, split rear seatback, telescopic steering, push-button start/stop, sunglass holder, dead pedal and illuminated storage and footwell make a big impact on the ownership experience. The Duster RXZ’ cooled storage and lumbar support are also important but its list of unique features is small. The S-Cross wins this comparison too.

    Unique Functional Features

    S CROSS ZETA

    DUSTER RXZ

    60:40 Split Rear Seat

    Passenger Vanity Mirror

    Auto Engine Start/Stop

    Cooled Storage

    Keyless entry w/ Push-button Start

    Lumbar Support

    Telescopic Steering

     

    Dead Pedal

     

    Sunglass Holder

     

    Driver Vanity Mirror

     

    Reclining Rear Seat

     

    Vanity Mirror Lamps

     

    Illuminated Glovebox, footwell and boot

     

    Maruti SCross Zeta Petrol MT vs Renault Duster RXZ MT - Entertainment Features Comparison

    Let’s see if the Duster RXZ 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 Duster RXZ:

    S-Cross Zeta & Duster RXZ - Common Entertainment Features

    7-inch Touchscreen

    4 Speakers and 2 Tweeters

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

    Aux-in, USB & Bluetooth

    Steering-Mounted Controls

     

    Unique Entertainment Features

    There are no unique entertainment features for the Duster RXZ and SCross Zeta. Therefore, in this aspect, the two cars are even and there’s no winner.

    Unique Entertainment Features

    S CROSS ZETA

    DUSTER RXZ

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    -

    SCross Zeta vs Duster RXZ - Style Features Comparison

    Let’s see if the Duster RXZ can beat the S Cross with style features.

    Common Style Features

    The Duster RXZ and S-Cross Zeta have the following common style features:

    S-Cross Zeta & Duster RXZ - Common Style Features

    Body Coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators

    R16 Alloy Wheels

    LED Tail Lamps

    Chrome Front Grille

    Black Roof Rails

    Silver Skid Plate

    Unique Style Features

    Other than the LED DRLs, the SCross Zeta and Duster RXZ don’t have any important unique features. Just some chrome here and there. We wish these cars offered sunroof and some sporty accents like the Venue Sport and Kia GT line variants.

    Unique Style Features

    S CROSS ZETA

    Duster RXZ

    Chrome & Piano Black Interior Accents

    Chrome Inside Door Handles

     

    Chrome exterior accents

     

    LED DRLs

    Maruti S Cross Zeta Petrol MT vs Renault Duster RXZ MT - Dimensions Comparison

    The S-Cross is as long as the Hyundai Creta but it doesn't look like it because of its crossover styling and poor glass-to-body ratio. Its ground clearance of 180mm is barely enough to qualify to be part of the SUV club and its boot space is also nothing to brag about. These days, B2 segment hatchbacks, sedans and SUVs offer larger storage capacities than the SCross.

    On the other hand, we have the Duster. It is significantly wider, longer and taller than the S Cross and will have a much stronger road presence than the S-Cross. The Duster has better wheelbase and boot space too. The Duster also has a legit SUV-spec 205mm of ground clearance. The Duster easily wins the dimensions’ battle.

    S-CROSS ZETA vs DUSTER RXZ

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    S-Cross Zeta

    Duster RXZ

    Length

    4300mm

    4360mm

    Width

    1785mm

    1822mm

    Height

    1595mm

    1695mm

    Wheelbase

    2600mm

    2673mm

    Boot Space

    353-lt

    475-lt

    Ground Clearance

    180mm

    205mm

    Fuel Tank

    48-lt

    50-lt

    Tyre Size

    215/60R16

    215/65 R16

    S Cross Zeta vs Duster RXZ MT (MT) - Engine Specs Comparison

    The Duster easily won the comparison of the dimensions, but beating the S-Cross in performance is going to be tough. The S-Cross hybrid has 1PS less power and 4Nm less torque but its power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios are both, better noticeably than the Duster RXZ. So, the SCross will have much better drivability and performance than the Duster.

    Then comes the fuel efficiency, which has always been Maruti’s strength and the S-Cross doesn’t disappoint. It offers 30% better mileage per litre of petrol. Imagine saving 30% on fuel costs during your 50,000 - 60,000km ownership period and you’ll start to see why the SCross makes so much financial sense. For comparison sake, let’s assume you get the claimed mileage. In 50,000km, you’ll end up saving Rs. 65,000 with the SCross if petrol costs Rs. 80 in your area.

    Not to mention, it’s delivering far better mileage without compromising on the performance. The Duster can’t beat the S-Cross in this comparison of engine performance.

    S-CROSS ZETA vs DUSTER RXZ

    ENGINE SPECS

     

    S-Cross Zeta

    Duster RXZ

    Displacement

    1.5-litre Hybrid

    1.5-litre

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    Cubic Capacity

    1462cc

    1498 cc

    Maximum Power

    105PS @ 6000rpm

    106PS@5600rpm

    Power:Weight

    92.92PS/t

    85PS/t

    Peak Torque

    138Nm @ 4400rpm

    142Nm@4000rpm

    Torque:Weight

    122.12Nm/t

    113.7Nm/t

    Transmission

    5-speed

    5-Speed MT

    Mileage

    18.55kmpl

    14.26kmpl

    S Cross Zeta vs Duster RXZ - Which Car Should You Buy?

    The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Zeta offers a richer cabin experience with a lot of functional features, which are not available in the Duster RXZ. The biggest boost for the SCross comes from its mileage figure - which is not great but it’s way better than the Duster’s figure of 14.26kmpl.

    The only major advantage for the Duster comes from its massive proportions. It looks like its a size larger than the S-Cross and it has the receipts to prove it. Larger boot space and higher ground clearance further add credibility to its SUV stance. But, it doesn’t offer the value for money like the SCross Zeta.

    The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Zeta MT is the one you should buy as it offers a better value for money with more features and far better mileage than the Renault Duster RXZ petrol.

    MARUTI S-CROSS ZETA PETROL MT vs RENAULT RXZ MT

    VERDICT

    Car

    Price

    Recommendation

    S Cross Zeta MT

    ₹9,95,000

    Top Recommended. It gets more features and has far better fuel efficiency than the Duster RXZ.

    Duster RXZ MT

    ₹9,99,000

    Buy if you want better road presence, ground clearance, and boot space.

    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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