Maruti Suzuki S-Cross vs Hyundai Creta vs Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster – Specs Comparison for making things simpler
Compact SUV, Crossovers, SUV or whatever you want to call them, but they are all essentially your entry into the SUV world, something you saw from your small car when you look upwards, something that came by your side and made you feel smaller. That’s where this whole concept, idea and segment started. Small car and SUV equal to small SUV and today this segment is all grown up.
With money pouring in, manufacturers want your cash to spend on these so-called inspirational vehicles that you always wanted. Maruti, the favorite manufacturer of the lot for the entire country has stepped into this category and we tell, which is the best.
Design Comparison :
Let’s cut to the chase here. The Hyundai Creta is the only proper SUV here. Fluidic design, which is either a hit or a miss, but its height and stance of the vehicle, which will attract to you most. After which comes the Ecosport, which is futuristic, compact and SUV at the same time.
Duster being French, is all mixed up and has a quirky design language everywhere. The S-cross though comes as a mature crossover with a good rear end, mature side and a mildy boring and bland front-end. Overall, it looks good and mature, but the real deal has to be the Hyundai Creta.
All cars have good interior look and feel. Hyundai and S-Cross are on par when it comes to premium quality, but when you count in Ecosport and Duster they both are just about adequate and are neither cheap or nor premium. Feature wise, except the Duster, everybody gets feature loaded cabins. Duster misses out on start-stop button, reversing camera and many other tit bits that its competition has.
Duster has the most boot space here while Creta comes second along with S-Cross and Ecosport being last. Rear seat comfort too is best on all cars in terms of leg room, but shoulder room (width) deficit is seen on Ecosport and Creta.
The Duster has touchscreen like it rivals, but the EcoSport looses on that while providing safety of six airbags, which the Creta does too, but not the Maruti and Duster don’t do. ABS and EBD is standard on all these cars except the Duster.
Performance Comparison :
All these cars come powerful diesel engines. 1.5l diesel on the Duster has 85 PS and 110 PS of tune, which makes it the least powerful of the lot against the Ecosport and S-Cross and Creta. Meanwhile, the 110 PS one is powerful than the Ecosport. This time around Maruti is the most powerful here despite the fact that Creta makes 128 BHP and S-Cross makes 120 BHP, S-Cross makes mad number of torque, which is rated at 320 Nm while the Creta has just 260 Nm of torque.
Meanwhile, the Duster make 250 Nm and Ecosport make no more than 200 Nm of torque, something, which matters the most in diesel engines.
Maruti claims highest economy of all the cars here, even with the top of the line 1.6 diesel engine. Maruti clearly ace’s performance test here while being a Japanese manufacturer, surprise surprise! Handling wise these cars are all good, almost enthusiastic enough and Duster being first then comes S-Cross, then comes Ecosport and last is Creta, being a typical Hyundai as always.
While Maruti has priced its 1.6 diesel car slightly above (Rs.30-40k) the already expensive Creta, the Creta seems value to the customers considering it has the SUV appeal while Duster and S-Cross are crossovers. Creta offers an automatic too, which should be decent given the combination comes from Elantra, which isn’t enthusiastic, but does the job.
Creta prices are set to be increased and while rumours say Maruti prices could go down, as both prices are introductory. Duster as we know lacks features, performance and is only good at ferrying passengers with lack of safety, but has driver satisfaction to the very limit.
Ecosport continues to be the best entry-level car, but there is a twist post S-Cross launch. Maruti though has triumphed over all these three cars when it comes to pricing the 1.3 diesel engine by a huge margin, which makes it value for money like no other in this comparison.
All of this happened despite offering top-notch safety and excellent kit level post the base variant of the 1.3 diesel. So who’s the winner? Lower end of the market see’s the S-Cross as the winner, but since there are two parts to the story and at the top-end and because of its styling and slightly lower pricing as of now with good kit and safety equipment on offer, the Creta wins that part.