Hyundai Creta vs Maruti S-Cross Spec-Sheet Comparison


Two very different crossovers fighting in the premium end of the small SUV space.

The Hyundai Creta and Maruti S-Cross might appear to be very different vehicles in terms of appearance, but they both fall under the same category i.e. crossovers. Both of them are vehicles based on a hatchback’s platform looking to cash in on the SUV/crossover popularity in India. Launching in July, these cars will take on the established competition such as the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Terrano and Fiat Avventura. Out of the two it seems like the Maruti S-Cross has a bit of work to do if it hopes to take the fight to the competition as most SUVs are bought for their looks and road presence, something the S-Cross lacks when compared to the Creta. Two very different cars, yet the similar in many ways. Which one is better? Find out here in our Hyundai Creta vs Maruti S-Cross comparison.


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

[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta vs Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster[/box]


The Hyundai Creta and the Maruti S-Cross couldn’t be more different in terms of design. While the former looks like a proper SUV, a miniaturised Santa Fe, the latter looks more like a beefed up hatchback. Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language imparts a very attractive look to the Creta. The sharp headlamps, rising window line and smart looking rear make the Creta a very appealing car indeed. The Maruti S-Cross pulls off the hatchback crossover look very well. The SX4 sold in India was a beefy looking car with high ground clearance and chunky wheels and the S-Cross takes it a step further with black plastic cladding all around. Those looking for a proper SUV-like stance and presence will be disappointed.

[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Maruti S-Cross Pre-launch Report[/box]

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

The Hyundai carries on the appeal inside as well with a neatly laid out dash and warm colour scheme. The vertical AC vents flanking the centre console look very smart in particular. Interior space will be as much as the Elite i20 if not more. Although it is hard to find faults with the interior design of the Creta, an all black colour scheme would have looked much more classy. Speaking of an all black interior, that is exactly what the S-Cross gets. Nothing flashy about the dashboard, but it looks very appealing nevertheless. The steering wheel has been borrowed from the Maruti Swift. Strangely, the non-touchscreen layout with the push button audio controls looks much better than the one with the centrally mounted touchscreen. Since the S-Cross is not a sub-4 metre vehicle, interior space is expected to be generous.

[box type=”shadow” ]Also See – Hyundai Creta vs Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster[/box]

[box type=”success” ]A butch, SUV-like appearance means the Hyundai Creta comes out on top in terms of design.[/box]


Although only the Hyundai Creta’s features list has been made available officially, the two cars are expected to be equally matched in this respect. Top spec trims of the Creta and S-Cross will get a touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth support for cell phones, navigation, steering mounted control, automatic climate control, projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights and more. The Creta edges out the S-Cross slightly as the SX(O) trim will come equipped with 6 airbags. However, the S-Cross gets a dual zone climate control which the Creta does not.

Maruti SX4 S-Cross Dashboard
S-Cross will get a dual zone climate control

[box type=”success” ]Hard to pick a winner as both, the Hyundai Creta and Maruti S-Cross are very similar in terms of equipment.[/box]


  Hyundia Creta Maruti S-Cross
Type 1.6 L Petrol 1.6 L Diesel 1.4 L Diesel 1.6 L Diesel 1.3 L Diesel
Displacement 1,591 cc 1,582 cc 1,396 cc 1,600 cc 1,248 cc
Power 121 bhp 126 bhp 89 bhp 118 bhp 89 bhp
Torque 155 Nm 259 Nm 224 nm 320 Nm 200 Nm
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual/6-speed auto 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 5-speed manual
Mileage 15.29 kpl 19.67/17.01 kpl 21.38 kpl 22.7 kpl 23.65 kpl

The Hyundai Creta’s engine line-up will consist of three engines- 121 bhp 1.6-litre petrol, 126 bhp 1.6-litre diesel and 89 bhp 1.4-litre diesel. All three engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The 1.6-litre diesel will also get a 6-speed automatic transmission which will be a first in class option. A 1.6 litre Fiat sourced Multijet and a 1.3 litre Multijet diesel will power the crossover. This former will put out 118 bhp, which is at par with the Creta’s power output while the latter will be good for 89 bhp. No AWD system for either car and no automatic transmission will be offered with the Maruti S-Cross

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

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Diesel with automatic transmission first in class

[box type=”success” ]The automatic-equipped diesel gives the Hyundai Creta a slight advantage over the Maruti S-Cross[/box]


Both vehicles fall under the same price bracket of INR 8-14 lacs. Top spec trims go up to around INR 13 lakhs which puts these two in Mahindra XUV500 territory.

  Hyundai Creta Maruti S-Cross
  1.6 L Petrol 1.4 L Diesel 1.6 L Diesel   1.3 L Diesel 1.6 L Diesel
Base INR 8.59 lacs INR 9.46 lacs Sigma INR 8.34 lacs
S INR 9.57 lacs INR 10.42 lacs Delta INR 9.15 lacs INR 11.99 lacs
S+ INR 11.45 lacs Zeta INR 9.99 lacs INR 12.99 lacs
SX INR 11.59 lacs Alpha INR 10.75 lacs INR 13.74 lacs
SX+ INR 11.19 lacs INR 12.67 lacs
SX(O) INR 13.60 lacs
SX+ AT INR 13.57 lacs

all prices ex-showroom, New Delhi

Maruti S-Cross

[box type=”success” ]As always, pricing will be a crucial factor in deciding the fate of these two SUVs/Crossovers.[/box]


The Hyundai Creta takes the cake in terms of looks, but that is it. The S-Cross appears to be equally matched, if not better in every other respect. Pricing for both crossovers is also very similar. But based on the perception and thought process of an average Indian car buyer, the Creta is likely to be the better performer in the market thanks mainly to its SUV-like appearance.

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[box type=”success” ]We will pick the Hyundai Creta over the Maruti S-Cross solely based on its looks. If you put that factor aside then both cars are equally matched.[/box]

Stay tuned to CarBlogIndia for more such comparisons and do let us know what you think about the Hyundai Creta vs Maruti S-Cross comparison.

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  1. I too feel that Creta is a better looking car than S-Cross. However, I have no doubt that S-Cross will oversell Creta quite easily. The price will be a factor, but for similar engine sizes, I expect S-cross to be cheaper. It provides better mileage too. On top of it, the space inside the car will be better for S-Cross due to its longer wheelbase. With nearly the same ground clearance, S-cross is also shorter than the Creta. So handling around corners and comfort for rear passengers will also be better.
    Plus being a Maruti Suzuki car (even though it will be sold and service by a premium network), it will be cheaper to maintain and provide better re-sale value in the long run.

  2. I need to buy car in petrol version please tell me that which is good
    1: Hyundai certa
    2:Maruthi nexa s.cross
    3: ford ecosports
    Between these three vehicles pls tell me or nail c

  3. H-Creta gives a proper SUV look and S-cross fails in this factor.

    This is only and major differentiator between these products, and price-points are relevant to the offerings in both.

    And, Maruti is really doing good job this time, w.r.t. to good and quality interiors, though design is still not appealing.

    Great show by both SUV’s…to rock India..

  4. To respond Gaurav’s query,

    @Gaurav – I would recommend to opt for Ford EcoSportz which has proven enough in the indian market..(am sharing this based on Chennai) If you really want to have a all rounder and re-sale with budget. Ford Eco is a compact SUV, overall quality and interiors and fit for long-drives as well as suitable/easy for city-traffic conditions, where other SUV’s face difficult. And, post sales service is seems to be good. But, am not sure about re-sale value in the market. Please do some research on this point alone.

    Relatively, Hyundai Creta and Maruti S crossover are new to market and the product performance has still to be explored thoroughly, though we cannot go blindly based on the brand name. Price comparison is also on the high end, while comparing to Ford Eco.
    Thank you…

  5. imp factor is look and for look u have to pay something extra.. creta is best ..afterall thats matter whatever u drive its looks fab. ppl notice or not and this budget u will not get qualityas “A” segment car so something + and – but batter to go with creat as good ower and desigh as i seen they change with time now a days india follow good desigh as we can see in bikes market ..

  6. Hundai creta and maruti s- cross is not very good car .innova is the kings of all car .innova is better in comfort , maintainance less , very good Resell value , and most important is innova price .

  7. looking for suv type car with good pickup. speaking honestly i m confused with creta n maruti s cross. both costs 16/17 lacs shall i go for innova. i dont know which one 2 choose.


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