Hyundai Creta (ix25) vs Renault Duster vs Ford Ecosport vs Maruti S-Cross

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How does the Maruti S-Cross stack up against the competition? Find out here

The competition in the small SUV segment will get more intense come July with the launch of Hyundai‘s highly-anticipated Creta SUV. Aimed at the Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport, the Creta will be Hyundai’s first offering in the sub-10 lakh SUV space currently dominated by the cars mentioned above. And it Creta also has to contend with Maruti’s S-Cross. First impressions suggest the Creta or, as it is known internationally the ix25, will get typical Hyundai traits like good looks and a feature-rich, high-quality cabin. The Hyundai Creta will be launching in July this year which leads us to the all-important question- Is it better than the Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster and Maruti S-Cross? Find out here in the Hyundai Creta vs Renault Duster vs Ford Ecosport vs Maruti S-Cross comparison story.

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[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta First Drive Review[/box]

Design

The cars in this segment are generally good looking and have been well received by the Indian audience. The Hyundai Creta is no different. Based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Design 2.0 language, the Creta gets enough muscle and style which make it a very attractive proposition. There are sharp headlamps up front flanking the large hexagonal grille which is very Santa Fe-like. Higher level trims are likely to get projector units and LED daytime running lights which will lend the front a very premium look. The side is characterised by a rising shoulder line and a thick C-Pillar giving the car a very aggressive stance. At the back, Hyundai has kept things simple with neat, rectangular tail lamps. The design works very well overall and should please most Indian car buyers.

[box type=”shadow” ]Also See- Hyundai Creta vs Maruti S-Cross[/box]

The Renault Duster and Ford Ecosport have been around for quite some time now and their popularity suggests the design is generally well accepted and liked by most. The Ford has a slightly oversized front grille though and the small tires on a car with a tall stance spoil the look a little. The Renault Duster is much better in terms of design with muscular wheel arched and a wide stance. The only real problem these two will face once the Hyundai Creta is officially launched will be the fact that that will be a much fresher face and will appeal a little more to car buyers, at least, initially. The Maruti S-Cross is a totally different vehicle in terms of design with its hatchback crossover looks. The S-Cross looks smart overall with a neat design, especially the rear. However, the headlamps are a tad too big and most Indian buyers will place it in the Hyundai i20 Active’s segment rather than the small SUV category which could hurt sales.

[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta SUV Pre-Launch Report[/box]

Based on the sketches released by Hyundai and the model sold internationally, the interiors of the Creta will boast of very impressive levels of quality and equipment, typical of Hyundais these days. The dashboard is nice and flowing and could come in a black and beige combo with silver accents. Top of the line variants are expected to feature a touchscreen infotainment system as well, although that might not be the case considering the Elite i20 does not get one.

[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta vs Rivals: Duster, EcoSport, Scorpio, S-Cross[/box]

Space will be at par with the competition so do not expect massive legroom and a third row of seats. As far as the competition is concerned, while the Ford EcoSport is good in terms of interior quality in design, the Renault Duster feels like a budget car with low-rent interiors. Although the manufacturer has made improvements and it now comes with steering mounted controls and a touchscreen infotainment system, it still feels a notch below the rest. The S-Cross’ interiors feel very premium and upmarket. The all-black colour scheme looks classy and the simple design makes the interiors very appealing. The Ford EcoSport could very well turn out to be the smallest of the lot with the least amount of interior space.

[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta – All You Need to Know![/box]

[box type=”success” ]Hyundai Creta has the upper hand thanks to smart styling and fresh face. Customers are likely to find it more attractive than the Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster and Maruti S-Cross.[/box]

Features

On paper, all cars are almost equally matched with all the basics one would expect from a car belonging to this segment. But there are still a few features that are present in one and not the other. The Maruti S-Cross, Renault Duster and the Hyundai Creta feature a touchscreen infotainment system with in-built GPS navigation. But the Duster misses out on other features such as push button start and keyless entry, both of which are available on the Ford Ecosport, Maruti S-Cross and the Creta as well. In terms of safety equipment, all cars feature dual front airbags and ABS, but the top of line Ecosport and Hyundai Creta get 6 airbags for occupants. One of the biggest omissions on the Duster’s equipment list, the Automatic Climate Control, is featured on the other two, the S-Cross getting a dual-zone climate control. Additionally, the Hyundai Creta and Maruti S-Cross also come with projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights.

[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta – Overview[/box]

2015 Renault Duster Features (3)
The Renault Duster features a touchscreen infotainment system

[box type=”success” ]The Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross and Ford Ecosport are likely to be equally matched in terms of equipment. The Renault Duster lags behind slightly.[/box]

Specification

The upcoming Creta compact SUV is underpinned by the same platform as the new i20. The Creta will get the same 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol and U2 1.4 CRDi and 1.6 U2 CRDI VGT engines that power the Verna. The Creta also gets 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. While the Creta gets a 4wd option in various international markets, the same will NOT be offered to Indian customers.

Petrol

Hyundia Creta Ford EcoSport Renault Duster
Type 1.6 L Petrol 1.5 L Petrol 1.0 L Petrol 1.6 L Diesel
Displacement 1,591 cc 1,499 cc 999cc 1,598 cc
Power 121 bhp 109 bhp 123 bhp 102 bhp
Torque 155 Nm 120 Nm 170 Nm 145 nm
Transmission 6-speed manual 5-speed manual/6-speed auto 5-speed manual 5-speed manual
Mileage 15.29 kpl 15.8 kpl/16.5 kpl 18.9 kpl 13.05 kpl

Diesel

Hyundia Creta Ford EcoSport Renault Duster Maruti S-Cross
Type 1.4 L Diesel 1.6 L Diesel 1.5 L Diesel 1.5 L Diesel 1.3 L Diesel 1.6 L Diesel
Displacement 1,396 cc 1,582cc 1,498 cc 1,461cc 1,248 cc 1,596cc
Power 89 bhp 126 bhp 89 bhp 84/108 bhp 89 bhp 118 bhp
Torque 224 Nm 259 Nm 204 Nm 200/248 Nm 200 nm 320 Nm
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed MT/ 6-speed AT 5-speed manual 5-speed/6-speed MT 5-speed manual 6-speed manual
Mileage 21.38 kpl 19.67/17.01 kpl 22.7 kpl 19.87/19.64 kpl 17.19 kpl 22.7 kpl

While all three cars are available with the petrol engine option, the EcoSport is miles ahead with the brilliant 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine. There is also a 1.5-litre unit mated to a 6-speed dual clutch automatic. The Duster is majorly sold in the diesel variant with barely any demand for the petrol and it does not get an optional automatic transmission either. However, it is the only car here to come with an optional AWD system. The Maruti S-Cross gets only two diesel engine options and no petrol. A 1.6-litre diesel which produces 120 PS power and 320 Nm torque and a 1.3 litre diesel which produces 90 PS and 200 Nm torque. While the 1.6 L is mated to a 6-speed manual, the latter only gets a 5-speed manual. The Renault Duster is the only SUV which gets an AWD option.

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Ford EcoSport gets three engine options; Two petrol and one Diesel

[box type=”success” ]The Ford EcoSport with its optional EcoBoost engine and 6-speed dual clutch automatic offers the most number of options. The Creta is the only SUV which features a diesel automatic. The Duster is the only SUV which gets an AWD option.[/box]

Price

The Ford EcoSport is the cheapest car in its class. The pricing of the Creta is in the range of INR 8.59-13.57 lakhs (ex-showroom) while the Ford EcoSport can be had for anything in the range of INR 6.75-10.20 lakhs (ex-showroom). The prices of the Maruti S-Cross will be announced shortly, but it is expected to cost anywhere between INR 8 to 10 lakhs. The Renault Duster is is similar in terms of price to the Hyundai Creta with a price range of INR 8.3-13.55 lakhs. (ex-showroom). Having said that, it will also be the largest SUV among the three.

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Competitive pricing for the Hyundai Creta is expected

[box type=”success” ]Despite being the cheapest, the Ford EcoSport will also be the smallest. The Hyundai Creta is a tad too expensive especially the higher spec diesel trims. Final word only when the S-Cross’ prices are announced[/box]

Verdict

Initial impressions suggest the car would be very impressive in all departments and could turn out to be the pick of the lot among the four. As for the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster, it boils down to specific requirements and budgets. The former is more of a hatchback on stilts rather than an SUV while the latter is more of an SUV and significantly bigger. The Duster also has the best ride and handling of the lot and Hyundai will find it hard to match. Some might complain about the lack of features and premium feel, something the Ford EcoSport does not suffer from and does not plague the Hyundai Creta either. The Maruti S-Cross is a slightly different product than these three. Although all of these vehicles are crossovers, the S-Cross looks more of a hatchback which could keep buyers looking for SUVs away.

[box type=”success” ]Final judgement rests on the official announcement of prices of the Maruti S-Cross, but it sure looks like Hyundai’s got another winner on its hands good enough to beat the Maruti S-Cross, Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster.[/box]

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Another winner from Hyundai?

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27 COMMENTS

  1. Hyundai Creta will rule the segment provided it is launched at appropriate time & correctly priced.
    The aftersales service still has a scope for improvement.

  2. Where is AWD/4WD model… if Hyundai does not launch AWD version for Creta with all the featuers such as Panaromic Sunroof, then it will lose the race from begining itself, Already Renual duster and XUV500 has it and Nissan Terrano, Ecosport and S cross will be launched with AWD feature in next 1-2 months… so it is in interest of Hyundai to launch Creta with AWD and other features right now itself… or it will lose the business
    .. add all the features as in China Model..

  3. Yes if creta does not have 4WD, it lags behind in the race. And I do not understand the purpose of having a small SUV? Why have one at all then? If you want an SUV, you are bound to have a budget that will get you the best in class. Boot space, sitting room are two things that cannot be compromised if you are going to take your SUV off road frequently. And duster offers just that. Imagine being cramped in the small Ecosport while off roading with friends 🙁 Carblogindia, yes the sheer size, power and off roading capabilities justify duster’s price but more importantly more than 1,50000 units of duster have been sold so far, the AWD variant is still increasing this figure. The price is not a problem when it comes to features, especially actual strong SUV features and capabilities to handle tricky roads efficiently. Duster 4WD has passed every test when it comes to that and every user who wants to have that kind of fun will go for the duster. If cost was the most important factor then every SUV lover will in the end settle for a hatchback or compact car!

  4. Specs can be fulfilled only if the service is up to the mark. In the case of Renault, they are a poor service provider for such an suv. Also duster is showing some problems in gear shifting (1st to 2nd) and break pad is getting expaired with every 12,000km. More over, the service cost exceeds Rs 10,000/- once the free service is over.
    These compact SUVs are developed by tuning one of their sedans engine only. The sales department of these compact SUVs claims that the service will cost same as the charges of a normal sedan ie 4000-6000/- rs. But once the sale is over, there seems no connection between the marketing and their service dept. Also, the service head is not at all responsible for any repeated complaints if we approach their main service dealers or call toll free number they provided in their service books/websites. Renault duster service books never explains the details of 40,000 plus Kms service in their service book and on enquiry they reiterate to read the service book carefully. I am using a Rxl plus duster which covered 40,000km in 11 months. During a breakdown it once had, the towing vehicle came from 80km distance and reached only after 3 hours.

  5. I think even if Creta promises a lot, its costing and the lack of 4WD technology in it makes it lack somewhat in the terms of SUV standard. The costing is a big turnoff because the difference in the costing is considerable and if you get an SUV with optimum features, AWD, traction control, an excellent suspension, a more than average ground clearance to support its SUV purpose make Duster a better buy.

  6. Renault duster is a good car and even if some are saying that its engine is tuned from their sedans only, it is good enough to pull through in tough situations. In the new AWD model, they have reworked the gear ratio and the 20-30 corresponds to the first gear making it easier to navigate in traffic. The clutch problem has been solved too, it has been made lighter and easier to use so long trips are not problematic. Service issues may be common but everything largely depends on the dealerships.

  7. eco sport is the single suv chief and best because it is cover two major economic problems 1- price range,2- millage

  8. I was trying to book Creta-SXO although its a bit high costed SUV in the segment ,OOPSS the response and behavior of company persons was very bad at Shankara Hyundai Raipur,,they are nt up to date with specifications ,professional outlook is totally a mess,,
    above all the advance booking system without assurance of delivery date is a strategy by company or showroom is a very big question mark …
    Really confused to go for Creta.

  9. This is a great comparison. Although on the looks front I would say that the S cross would be at last. Bad looks s-cross has, maruti could have made it look a little better and robust. Spec wise I think all the cars are good but when it comes to SUV features duster has to be on the top. It has that factor going for it.

  10. Hyundai creta is the best best option to go between all those although it is highly priced it has a good engine specs and a most important Hyundai promise
    It’s a really good choice

  11. Driving all the cars besides looks and finishes the Duster takes them all the drive the suspension the control Man 4r the price. …..just couldn’t be better. .love the duster ….made all the company’s rock …just follow Duster

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