Believe it or not, the Renault Duster and the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross are closer than you think in terms of price. This is both the cars are sold with the option of a petrol engine only since the BS6 norms kicked in. The Renault Duster’s pricing ranges from 8.59-9.99 Lakh for the top-spec RXZ variant. The S-Cross’s prices range from 8.39-12.39 lakh for the top-end Alpha AT variant. But we’ll be concentrating on the top-end Manual variants as the Duster is not offered with an automatic.
The S-Cross offers more luxury oriented features like LED Headlamps and fog lamps while the Duster comes with Halogen Projector headlights with halogen foglamps.
Both the cars offer infotainment systems but Maruti’s “Smartplay Studio” offers more features and is overall a better unit compared to Renault’s Infotainment system that is a bit laggy,However it’s worth noting that both cars offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The S-Cross also has some “connected car” tech which the duster misses out on.
The S-Cross get’s an all black interior with leather wrapped gear knob, steering wheel as well as the seats. the duster gets a mix of black and grey on the dashboard with Brown upholstery. Both cars get Piano black elements on the dashboard which further amplifies the “premium” quotient. The duster gets a cooled glove box which the S-Cross misses out on. The S-Cross offers an auto dimming IRVM which the duster misses out on. The duster comes with an “eco score” indicator. Both cars are equipped with Key- less entry while the S-Cross offers a push Start/Stop button as well. Cruise Control, Automatic climate control, driver seat height adjustment are standard on both cars. The S-Cross has auto wipers, auto headlamps and auto leveling for the headlamps as well. it’s worth mentioning the S-Cross also has rear seat reclining function which is useful for the Chauffeur driven.
The duster offers ABS with EBD and BA (Brake Assist) while the S-Cross offers ABS with EBD and has disc brakes for all four wheels. Both the cars offer two airbags. The duster has impact sensing door unlock which the S-Cross misses out on. Both cars offer reverse parking camera with sensors too.
Both the cars are solely offered with a NA 1.5 litre petrol engine. The S-Cross however also uses Maruti’s “smart hybrid” tech which gives it a little more torque thanks to the regenerative braking. The duster’s engine produces 104Bhp and 142Nm of torque which is higher than the S-Cross’s 103Bhp and 138Nm of torque. however, it’s worth keeping in mind that the Duster weighs 1,770 Kg’s while the S-Cross comes in at 1,640 Kg’s
The Duster is more raw compared to the S-Cross. The Duster just glides over the worst of roads without breaking a sweat, the S-Cross is not an SUV per say, it’s more polished than the Duster in terms of materials and features. The S-Cross definitely offers a lot more features for the two lakhs more it’s commanding.
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