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

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

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 doesnt 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 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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