Indian automotive market is flooded with a lot of tin cans and only a few worth calling a car. It is surprising that one such driver’s car comes from Maruti Suzuki. Talking about good cars to drive, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross DDiS 320 is among the top contenders. Though being European-spec, this premium cross-over never made a dent in the sales charts. Nevertheless, this is why it was a better buy than its rivals in 2015.
1.6-Liter Turbo Diesel (120hp and 320Nm)
Keeping the features and the interior aside, it is the powertrain and drivetrain combo that makes 50% of the Driver’s car. Indeed, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross DDiS 320 had a meaty engine under its hood. The 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine that made 120hp of peak power and generated 320Nm of twist. The powertrain was pampered with an equally exciting 6-speed manual gearbox. Due to this combination, the crossover was capable of achieving a respectable time of little over 11 seconds for a 0-100kmph sprint.
Indulging driving dynamics
Another half that makes the car worth driving is its dynamics or in simple words how it is to drive. In these terms, the Maruti Suzuki S-cross had identical when compared to its europian sibling. S-cross not being a typical crossover sat a bit low to the ground which gave the vehicle minimal body roll. It was the twisties where this crossover definitely felt at home. The feedback from the steering gave a lot of confidence when chucked hard into a corner. Unlike its rivals which were a bit to meek in the dynamics depart.
Surprisingly astonishing interior
Like the drivetrain and the powertrain, the interior was not from the typical Maruti family. The company that started the different ways of cost-cutting, came with a vehicle with features and quality loaded till the brim. For instance, the dash was majorly comprised of soft-touch material and the premium seats hugged well when cornering hard. The rivals were nowhere near the comfort S-cross offered when driving enthusiastically.
First in the segment to offer HID projector headlamps
Did your car in 2015 get projector headlamps? That’s cute. Well, the S-cross in its top trim got an HID (High-Intensity Discharge) lamp which was enclosed in a projector that gave exceptional illumination. For those who are not aware of HID, these lights offer more brightness with less power usage when compared to the Halogens and LEDs.
Remarkable Sound quality
On paper, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross came with 4 speakers and 2 tweeters, similar to its rivals. But it was the quality and the features in the infotainment system that made S-Cross stand out in the crowd. This crossover was among the first to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in Indian this was coupled with features like onboard navigation, voice commands, and Bluetooth connectivity.
MID or Multi-Information Display for the driver was among the top trending features back in 2015, thankfully S-Cross came equipped with it. The MID in the instrument cluster provided a whole lot of information to the driver, this included real-time fuel efficiency, average fuel efficiency, distance to empty, and many others.
Among the first to get Cruise Control
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross DDiS 320 had all the tech to go on long tours. From the Powertrain to the drivetrain, from the seating comfort to Cruise Control. Indeed, cruise control is a boon when it comes to long touring. Leading rivals were deprived of such driver aids.
5-Star rating in ASEAN NCAP and EURO NCAP
Crash Test rating is among the topmost ignored aspect when buying a car here in India. But when talking about Maruti S-Cross, it got a class-leading 5-star rating for adult occupancy in ASEAN NCAP and EURO NCAP and 4-star for child occupancy. But keeping that aside the car came with dual-airbags as standard with ABS and EBD for added safety.
All side Disc Brakes
There is no point in going fast and not stopping on time. Well, yet again unlike its rivals, Maruti Suzuki gave S-Cross confidence-inspiring braking which was possible because of disc-brakes on all 4 corners. This efficient braking system was standard across the range.
Like no Other Maruti
Maruti Suzuki with its state of the art tech tried to make a mark in India yet again with S-Cross. With this crossover, Maruti Suzuki forgot how to cut corners to reduce the cost and focused on small and subtle details. These include vanity mirrors with illumination, auto-dimming IRVM, illuminated glove box with a soft opening, and white interior footwell lights.
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Was the S-Cross DDiS 320 Worth buying?
For the most part, yes! for sure the offering from Maruti Suzuki was a good companion on twisties and out on the highways. But being a Maruti, people never fell for the aerodynamic design over the bold and bulky Creta. Suzuki had everything on its stake as they tried the new marketing scheme NEXA with S-Cross. Though Nexa a successful venture, faced positive response, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross didn’t.
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