Maruti S-Cross vs Hyundai Creta vs Renault Duster – Spec Comparo
Two of the most anticipated entries in the compact SUV segment, the Hyundai Creta and Maruti S-Cross are both set to launch in the country this month, taking the competition to new heights in the segment. Both the companies will thereby enter one of the most flourishing segments as they look to improve their image in the premium space.
Once the two vehicles are launched, they will go head on with the very successful Renault Duster which started retailing in the country from mid-2012, recording 1,90,000 units of total sales ever since. The Duster changed the French car maker’s fortunes in our country by entering the list of India’s top 10 car manufacturers.
Hyundai Creta will come with three engine options – 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 126 BHP and 26.5kgm of torque (the most powerful), 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 1.4-litre diesel unit from the Verna sedan. The 1.6 diesel comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional six-speed automatic, while the other two engines will come paired to only a five-speed manual gearbox.
The Maruti S-Cross will be powered by the Fiat sourced 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel mill producing 118 BHP and another diesel unit commonly found on other Maruti models as well, the 1.3-litre motor which gives out 89 BHP. The 1.6-litre diesel motor develops 32.6kgm of torque and will come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but the smaller 1.3-litre engine will be paired to a five-speed manual transmission. As of now, the company has no plans of offering a petrol engine or an automatic gearbox on the S-Cross.
Renault on the other hand sells the Duster with three engines namely, a 1.6-litre petrol motor producing 103 BHP, a 1.5-litre diesel mill developing 85 BHP and a 1.5-litre diesel motor which is tuned to produce 108.5 BHP and 25.3kgm of torque.
The Duster is available with a two-wheel drive as well as a four-wheel drive option while it is highly unlikely that the Hyundai Creta will feature an AWD system. Maruti clearly won’t be offering AWD on the S-Cross at the time of launch.
When it comes to measurements, the vehicles measure as follows:
Length – 4270mm, Width – 1780mm Height – 1630mm, Wheelbase – 2590mm
Length – 4300mm, Width – 1765mm, Height – 1590mm, Wheelbase – 2600mm
Length – 4315mm, Width – 1822mm, Height – 1695mm, Wheelbase – 2673mm
The Maruti S-Cross is longer and also has a longer wheelbase than the Creta, but the latter is wider and taller than the Maruti Crossover. However, the Duster is larger than the two upcoming vehicles in all departments. Therefore, the Duster boasts of having the largest exteriors. But since the difference is not too much, the Creta and Maruti S-Cross should be very spacious as well.