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Clash Of Segments: 2018 Maruti Ciaz vs S-Cross – Which Car To Buy?

Modified On Sep 04, 2018 01:40 PM By Khan Mohd. for Maruti Ciaz

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One is a sedan and the other is a crossover. Which one offers better value for money? We find out.

The diesel-powered 2018 Maruti Ciaz is priced between Rs 9.19 lakh and Rs 10.97 lakh. The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, which is a diesel-only model, falls in between the Rs 8.62 lakh to Rs 11.33 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) price range. Since both the cars are priced close to each other, we find out which of the two offers better value, and at which price point. But before that, let’s quickly run through the basic differences between the two.

2018 Maruti Ciaz

Maruti S-Cross

A conventional mid-size sedan: The Ciaz is a typical three-box sedan. It can seat five people with ease and has a boot space of 510 litres. It’s the longer of the two. So it would require more parking space.

A crossover: The S-Cross is a crossover. So it doesn’t have a separate boot like the Ciaz. The S-Cross can also seat five people and has a boot space of 353 litres.

Petrol engine and automatic on offer: The Ciaz gets a petrol engine, which is available with both manual and automatic transmissions. The diesel Ciaz, however, is only available with a manual transmission.

Neither petrol nor AT: The S-Cross cannot be had with a petrol engine for now. The diesel engine in the S-Cross is only available with a manual transmission.

Competition: Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and Toyota Yaris

Competition: Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and Renault Duster

Diesel Engine

 

Since the S-Cross is only available with a diesel engine, let’s compare it with the diesel-powered Ciaz. Both cars are powered by the same 1.3-litre diesel engine that share an identical power output. However, since the Ciaz is the lighter of the two, it is more fuel efficient (by 2.99kmpl).

Variants  

We’ve skipped the Zeta variant of the Ciaz as its price is way too higher than the S-Cross’ Zeta variant.

Prices (ex-showroom Delhi):

 

Maruti Ciaz

 

Maruti S-Cross

   

Sigma

Rs 8.62 lakh

Sigma

Rs 9.19 lakh

Delta

Rs 9.43 lakh

Delta

Rs 9.80 lakh

Zeta

Rs 9.99 lakh

Zeta

Rs 10.57 lakh

   

Alpha

Rs 10.97 lakh

Alpha

Rs 11.33 lakh

Features

2018 Maruti Ciaz Sigma Vs Maruti S-Cross Sigma

Variants

Price (ex-showroom Delhi)

2018 Maruti Ciaz Sigma

Rs 9.19 lakh

Maruti S-Cross Sigma

Rs 8.62 lakh

Difference

Rs 57,000 (Ciaz is more expensive)

Common features: Halogen projector headlamps, split rear combination lamps, body-coloured side mirrors and door handles, wheel cap, central locking, keyless entry, electrically adjustable ORVMs, tilt steering, front accessory socket, power windows, seat belt reminder and AC. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat mounts.

What Ciaz gets over the S-Cross: Turn indicators on ORVMs, front armrest with storage, rear accessory socket, rear AC vents, CD player, four speakers, two tweeters, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, steering-mounted controls, rear defogger, rear parking sensor and anti-theft security system.

What S-Cross gets over the Ciaz: Front map lamp, all-four disc brakes, engine auto start/stop switch and 60:40 split rear seats.

Verdict: The Ciaz is about Rs 57,000 more expensive than the S-Cross and also more feature-loaded. However, the additional features that the Ciaz gets over the S-Cross do not really justify the premium. The S-Cross can save you some money even if you get features like a touchscreen audio system, rear parking sensors and front armrest fitted post purchase. The two key misses, in that case, will be the rear defogger and steering-mounted controls. However, it won’t be too hard to live without these if you factor in the fact that you can save over Rs 25,000 in the process.

2018 Maruti Ciaz Sigma vs Maruti S-Cross Delta

Variants

Price (ex-showroom Delhi)

2018 Maruti Ciaz Sigma

Rs 9.19 lakh

Maruti S-Cross Delta

Rs 9.43 lakh

Difference

Rs 24,000 (S-Cross is more expensive)

Common features over previous variants: Audio system with CD player, four speakers, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, steering-mounted controls, handsfree calling, anti-theft security system and reverse parking sensors.

What Ciaz gets over the S-Cross: Turn indicators on ORVMs, rear AC vents, two tweeters and rear accessory socket.

What S-Cross gets over the Ciaz: Roof rails, illumination in glove box, boot and front footwell, telescopic steering and driver side footrest.

Verdict: The features that the S-Cross Delta gets over Ciaz Sigma, such as the telescopic steering and footrest, will make the driver’s life easier. At the same time, the Ciaz’ rear accessory socket and rear AC vents give it an edge for someone who rides at the back.

Given the additional features on offer, the S-Cross Delta may not be able to justify the premium it attracts over the Ciaz Sigma, especially when the sedan gets additional features over the crossover. Even then, as a package, the S-Cross appears to be more sensible because you won’t be able to get a feature like telescopic-adjustable steering fitted post purchase.

2018 Maruti Ciaz Delta vs Maruti S-Cross Zeta

Variants

Price (ex-showroom Delhi)

2018 Maruti Ciaz Delta

Rs 9.80 lakh

Maruti S-Cross Zeta

Rs 9.99 lakh

Difference

Rs 19,000 (S-Cross is more  expensive)

Common features: Front fog lamps, rear defogger, alloy wheels, turn indicator on ORVMs, reverse parking camera, auto AC, height-adjustable driver seat, rear centre armrest with cup holders and cruise control.

What Ciaz gets over the S-Cross: Nothing.

What S-Cross gets over the Ciaz: Electrically foldable ORVMs, rear wiper & washer, reclining rear seats, push-button start/stop, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, navigation system, voice command and remote control through app.

Verdict: The S-Cross is our choice in this comparison as it gets a host of features above the Ciaz and just costs a marginal premium. You get convenience features such as push-button start/stop, reclining rear seats, electrically foldable side mirrors and a touchscreen unit - all for under Rs 20,000. In our books, this deal is a no brainer. The S-Cross’ Zeta is a better option than the Delta variant of the Ciaz.

2018 Maruti Ciaz Alpha vs Maruti S-Cross Alpha

Variants

Price (ex-showroom Delhi)

2018 Maruti Ciaz Alpha

Rs 10.97 lakh

Maruti S-Cross Alpha

Rs 11.33 lakh

Difference

Rs 36,000 (S-Cross is more expensive)

Common features: LED projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED rear combination lamps, leather upholstery, auto dimming IRVM, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, voice command and auto headlamps.

What Ciaz gets over the S-Cross: Nothing

What S-Cross gets over the Ciaz: Rain-sensing auto wipers

Verdict: The S-Cross Alpha is costlier than the Ciaz and that too buy a good margin. With both the cars equally matched in terms of features in the Alpha variant, the Ciaz is more affordable and thus, offers better value. The sedan is our pick in the top-spec variants.

Why Buy 2018 Maruti Ciaz?

2018 Maruti Ciaz

  • For effortless city driving. It feels light on foot and also returns high fuel efficiency.

  • For the massive boot space of 510 litres which helps it engulf a weekend’s luggage with ease.

  • Because the top-spec variant is more affordable than the crossover. It gets all the features of the S-Cross Alpha, except for rain-sensing wipers.  

Why Buy Maruti S-Cross?

Maruti S-Cross

  • For that large SUV-like feel and sturdy looks

  • All four-disc brakes right from the base variant

  • For the added convenience of 60:40 split rear seats and higher ground clearance (180mm).

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Read More on : Maruti Ciaz on road price

Maruti Ciaz

Rs.8.19 - 10.97 Lakh* Get On Road Price
Petrol21.56 kmpl
Diesel28.09 kmpl
TransmissionManual/Automatic
*Ex-showroom Price in New Delhi
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