King of the highway, in its class.
To begin with, i test drove all the cars in crossover segment and compact suv's, namely creta both engines, eco sport, duster-terrano, active i20, brezza, tuv 300 and s-cross both engines 1.3 and ddis320 1.6. After the test drives my personal opinion was none of the cars above matched the ddis 320 1.6 engine of s-cross, and to furthur enhance its performance the features list in alpha model made me just go and book it. been a week since i got the delivery and as i am an avid highway cruiser, took it for a drive from gurgaon to udaipur jaipur and back a distance travelled around 1500 kms in 4 days, and o boy am i impressed? i am in love with this vehicle, the moment i am at the steering wheel, a smile comes just by the sheer pickup it has with the 320 nm torc, the alpha version has all the features a vehicle should have for a driving enthusiast like me, cruise control, bluetooth, navigation and touch screen infotainment system, reverse parking sensors and camera steering mounted controls voice command projector headlights auto headlights auto dim rear view mirror auto rain sensing wipers, the list is endless. space is awesome in cabin and a good boot room. Exterior looks is subjective, as in many other reviews a few have critisized it, but i loved it hence bought it for overall looks and features plus ride quality. coming back to my review of the ride quality of the vehicle, superb is the word be it in handling braking pickup stability and road clearance, projector headlights were too good and helpful with my night drive. i cruised all the way at the speed of 130kms upto 150 kms and never felt the engine struggling or is in dearth of power, press the accelerator and the car pounces ahead like a lion. i recieved an overall average of 13.5 kms, i am told it will improve with my second service of 5000kms, plus with the speeds i was on, perhaps due to same i might have lost a cpl of kms in average. honestly as mentioned by experts too, the vehicle lacks power under 1500 rpm, hence city driving could be a lil hard, but this vehicle is a different machine once out on highway, at low speeds u need to shift gears alot, but once u cross 1500 rpm u have to see the sheer power this engine has. i can go on and on with my review and the experience i got in my drive on this vehicle, prior to this vehicle i was driving skoda rapid and was too pleased by its performance, but after driving s-cross for over 1500 kms on highway, its a bliss for highway enthusiasts to drive s-cross. final words: just go for 1.6ltr ddis 320 engine alpha variant, it wont lack in features performance space comfort driveability and above all a mental and physical satisfaction after driving this on highways for longer journeys.
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