Maruti S-Cross vs Maruti Brezza vs Hyundai Creta vs Tata Nexon: Which SUV is better?
After the success of Renault Duster, the French automaker introduced a segment in the Indian auto industry which was not only met with a lot of interest but also several new contenders, each fighting for its piece of the consumer base. In this review, we will look at four compact SUVs- Maruti S-Cross, Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Creta and Tata Nexon and to the uninitiated, this is a collation of premium and standard compact SUVs. These cars will be evaluated against each other to prove whether the additional features and premium pricing on these cars justify them as quality products in their segment.
Maruti S-Cross clearly offers the most cabin space of all four offerings. It is the longest of the four cars and has the longest wheelbase. Maruti Brezza is comparatively more compact to its premium sibling but the taller design translates into more cabin space in form of additional headroom. In terms of dimensions, Hyundai Creta is clearly the best all-rounder. It is just as long as Maruti S-Cross (longest of all four cars), just as wide and tall as Brezza. Tata Nexon’s saving grace is its suspension travel and the 209mm ground clearance means it can take on the toughest off-road conditions.
|Dimensions||Maruti S-Cross||Maruti Brezza||Hyundai Creta||Tata Nexon|
Petrol engine comparison
The Maruti offerings are only available in diesel avatars, so for this segment, we will only be comparing Hyundai Creta against Tata Nexon. Creta comes powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine which produces 121.3bhp whereas the cheaper 1.2-litre Revotron mill in Tata Nexon produces an admirable 108.5bhp of peak power. It is also worth noting that 1.2-litre Revotron motor produces 19 more torques than the motor offered in Creta. Both SUVs offer their petrol variants with automatic transmissions but the Nexon is more frugal than Korean compact SUV.
|Petrol||Maruti S-Cross||Maruti Brezza||Hyundai Creta||Tata Nexon|
Diesel engine comparison
Maruti S-Cross and Vitara Brezza both get the same Fiat Multijet 1.3-litre DDiS motor which produces 88.5 bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. Both cars are offered only with manual transmissions but S-Cross offers a better fuel economy as compared to Brezza. Hyundai Creta is the most powerful diesel SUV and is the only car which is offered with automatic transmission in its diesel variants. Tata Nexon’s Revotorq motor produces just as many torques as the 1.6-litre motor in Creta and it offers better fuel economy as compared to the latter.
|Diesel||Maruti S-Cross||Maruti Brezza||Hyundai Creta||Tata Nexon|
|Mileage||25.1 kmpl||24.3 kmpl||17.01kmpl(AT)/19.67kmpl(MT)||21.5kmpl|
Hyundai Creta in a true Hyundai tradition is priced at a premium and is the most expensive car of the four. The cheapest compact SUV in this comparison is Tata Nexon followed by Maruti Vitara Brezza and S-Cross which is priced just undercutting the Hyundai offering.
|Maruti S-Cross||Maruti Brezza||Hyundai Creta||Tata Nexon|
|Rs. 8.62- 11.3 Lakh||Rs. 7.24- 9.91 Lakh||Rs. 9.29- 14.6 Lakh||Rs. 5.99- 9.62 Lakh|