New Maruti S-Cross petrol review: Pros and cons

The new Maruti S-Cross petrol will be MSIL’s big ticket poke at the compact SUV segment. This SUV in its diesel form didn’t sell well but it is being said that the audience wanted. The bookings and sales numbers will be out shortly for this one. For now, we managed to get a quick drive of the this car from a Nexa dealership. Before we get into the details, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross has been one solid car given that we have extensively experienced it from the onset in 2015. The refreshed 2018 version too got in the mild hybrid system and denounced the 1.6-diesel. This time around, there is only a petrol motor and to give you a diesel-like economy and torque, there is the mild hybrid as standard. So, let’s get into the pros and cons of this car now.

New Maruti S-Cross petrol

New Maruti S-Cross petrol positive points

  • The overall stance is small and unlike the Hector, this SUV can be parked very easily. A camera or even rear parking sensors feel like an overkill here. However, you get both and that’s just a bonus.
  • The equipment on offer is decent – auto projector headlights, 16-inch alloys, auto climate control, auto wipers, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment and more.
  • Maruti’s 1.5-litre petrol engine is a gem as far as traffic and occasional highways are concerned. It has a lot of torque lower down, amply assisted by the additional battery. This helps in efficiency as well.
  • This time around, there is not only a manual but also a 4-speed automatic. Boo the latter all you can but then the buzz word here is convenience and India’s largest carmaker has thought on these lines. The 4-speed torque converter is just peach in the traffic.
  • While the space inside isn’t class-leading, it is definitely good for average-sized adults. We also love the fact that the AC is a chiller even without rear AC vents. The boot space is also quite good
  • The Nexa service experience, according to customers, has been very good and the owners are treated like kings.

Negative points

  • The S-Cross petrol is boring to drive because neither does it give you the surge in power like a diesel or the excitement of a dual-clutch transmission. At best, one of those commuters.
  • Maruti hasn’t altered the looks of the car and it seems more like a hatchback-crossover. The stance is missing and buyers in this segment so desire that.
  • The competition is far better equipped. Credit to Maruti though that the S-Cross is priced very competitively. However, wireless charging or even rear AC vents could have been provided in this car.
  • Suspension, especially the rear one, has been a gremlin with the S-Cross. For example, the bush stopper has been reported in multiple forums as being not up to the mark. Whether or not this has been fixed permanently in the S-Cross petrol is something which we have to wait and see.

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