Everything done perfectly except the front look!
Everything done perfectly except the front look!
First of all the indian version of the car is known as S-Cross not SX4 S-Cross since maruti didn't wanted to carry forward the branding of not so successful sedan SX4. S-Cross is the premium offering from the maruti's portfolio and yes it lives up to the expectation for maruti standards. It may not be the head turner in terms for looks and design, but it is built for a purpose and it serves the purpose pretty well. The car has solid build quality and checks almost all the right boxes for a car of this price range. Exterior: * The exterior of the car is not appealing nor imposing rather what it offers is a well planted stance, it looks pretty much like a over grown hatch for that matter. But once you get past the looks of the car, you will get to know how the overall product is. * The front of the car looks very basic, there are no strong design elements present in the front of the car except the large front grill. * There is a silver touch present below the front cladding and around the fog lamps which adds to the bland looks of the car. * It is a pretty decent sized car with a length of 4.3m width of 1.7m and a height of 1.5m its looks bigger in actual than it does in the pictures. * The new alloys looks far better than the previous ones which looked like wheel covers. * There is a black side cladding running across the car which gives it the much needed crossover look. * The on-off road tyres form JK does the job pretty well but are little sluggish while hard cornering but for day to day city usage and normal highway usage they do the job. * The side of the car is where it looks the best. * The rear end of the car looks good with the taillights nicely integrated with boot. Interior: * The interior of the car is the best seen till date on any of the marutis, it gives you the much needed premium feeling that you expect at this price point. * The overall fit and finish of the dash and that of the cabin is just superb, the door closes with a "thubb" sound which is pretty good. * The touch screen infotainment system is great with apple carplay and mirrorlink. Connectivity is no issue with bluetooth and all additional features. The system is nicely integrated with the dash and it is very easy to read during bright day light as well. The interface of the infotainment system is very good just like smartphone. My personal experience with the apple carplay is very good, it just brings your iphone to the screen! plus the navigation also works well. There is also an app which can be used as the remote for the infotainment system. * The panel for the auto climate control is also well put together and feels great to use. * The front seats are very supportive and long highway journeys are very comfortable in this car. * The instrument cluster also displays decent information like distance to empty, fuel economy etc. but lacks the gear shift indicator. * There are plenty of storage spaces in the car for all your small things. * The driver seat has a commanding view and it is easy to find a comfortable driving position as the steering is both rack and reach adjustable and a height adjustment is also available for the driver seat. * The back seat is also very comfortable and can fit three people with ease. * The cabin is very roomy and airy. * The sliding hand rest for the front seat also works well. * The boot is decent size with a low loading lip which provides better accessibility. The overall feel sitting inside the cabin is premium with loads of features like push button start on offer giving hyundai a run for its money. Performane: The DDIS 320 motor is a gem of an engine. It produces around 118 bhp of power and 320 nm of torque. The engine is extremely torqy and produces healthy bhp as well. The DDIS 320 unit is costlier by around 3 lakhs for the DDIS 200 motor which produces 90 bhp and 200nm of torque. Now coming to the performance of the DDIS200 unit, it is a pretty decent machine it does the job pretty well. Both the engines feel lagging under the 1800 rpm mark, but once you get past that, the DDIS320 unit shoots up and believe me it brings a smile on your face as you are pushed back to your seat. The DDIS200 motor also feels like get going as the turbocharger kicks in. If you are not on a budget then definitely go for the 320 motor but the 200 is also a tried and tested unit from the maruti which is doing its job pretty well on the ciaz as well. On the up side there no difference in the interior and exterior of the car for both the engines. The car drives pleasantly inside the city but once you take it to the highway it feels at home, it just flows effortlessly. The ride quality is also good on both the city and highway conditions. The suspension is little bit on the firmer side but performs well. Fuel economy figures for me are very good with around 16-18 kmpl in the city and around 20-21 kmpl out on the highway with the AC onin the DDIS200 engine. Safety: Well all the models of the car get airbags, abs as standard. The car also has all disc brakes on all the four wheels which is great for braking as it gives you very much confidence while riding the car. Conclusion: Well should you buy one or not? In my opinion you should definitely buy the car. The only thing going against the car is the looks, it lacks the road presence of a SUV say which the competition offers but once you get past the looks everything is in the place for this car. The interiors can give hyundai a run for its money. The pricing of the car makes it a complete package as it is cheaper than the creta by around 2.5L feature to feature and the duster is age old that does not have the interior quality as good as the s-cross. And for the ecosport, well why would you want to buy a sub 4 meter car at this price point :P The S-Cross is a value for money car, it delivers very good for the price it asks. The S-CROSS lacks emotion but wins hands down in practicality and combined with the maruti reliability and extensive network, the S-Cross very well has the potential to be your next crossover. About the NEXA Experience: For us, the NEXA experience was the best among all other showrooms. And the delivery experience of the NEXA is the best in the entire country. They have a cake cutting ceremony, your name gets displayed on the delivery area and the box of Ferraro Rocher chocolates does feel good. The overall delivery experience has a feel good factor which everyone who buys the car will get after spending the hard earned money.
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