Hyundai Creta vs Renault Duster vs Maruti S-Cross vs Mahindra Scorpio – Comparo

Posted on: Jul 21, 2015 - 1:24pm IST

The Hyundai Creta, which was launched moments ago, rivals the Renault Duster, Mahindra Scorpio and the yet-to-launch Maruti S-Cross.

Dimensionally, the Creta is the shortest in overall length at 4,270 mm, while the Scorpio is the longest owing to its three-row seating. The Creta also has the shortest wheelbase at 2,590 mm. At 1,780 mm in width, the Creta is wider than the S-Cross, but a bit narrower than the Duster and the Scorpio.

Hyundai Creta vs Renault Duster vs Maruti S-Cross vs Mahindra Scorpio comparo

Hyundai is offering its 1.4- and 1.6-liter diesel engines on the Creta, similar to competitors (Maruti will offer 1.3- and 1.6-liter diesel engines on the S-Cross, while Renault offers the 1.5-liter dCi in two states of tunes on the Duster; the Scorpio too has a base 2.5L variant).

The 128 PS 1.6-liter engine makes the Creta the most powerful vehicle in this class, but when it comes to torque, the S-Cross leads with 320 Nm from its 1.6-liter MultiJet engine. The Creta offers a standard 6-speed manual transmission, while a 6-speed AT is also available. The S-Cross gets 5- and 6-speed manual transmissions as does the Duster. However, the Scorpio relies only on a 5-speed manual, though a 6-speed AT will be launched in the coming days.

Hyundai Creta launch live

Coming to fuel efficiency, the S-Cross leads this department while the Creta follows a close second, with the Duster just a notch below. The Scorpio, owing to its heavier ladder-on-frame body, trails behind at 15.37 km/l.

At INR 9.46 lakhs for the base variant, the Creta is INR 8,000 more expensive than the Scorpio and INR 34,000 more than the Duster. The top-end Creta, priced at INR 13.6 lakhs, is INR 5,000 more than the Scorpio, and INR 1.12 lakhs more than the Duster 2WD.

However, the price difference between the 4WD Duster and the Creta SX (O) is INR 2,000 only, favoring the Creta. Essentially, for INR 13.6 lakhs, you can either have a full-specced Creta with 6 airbags, or a Duster with 4WD capability.

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5 thoughts on “Hyundai Creta vs Renault Duster vs Maruti S-Cross vs Mahindra Scorpio – Comparo

  1. Karan Walia says:

    S cross has been offered with 4WD in other countries but not in India, and the way it looks it is quite a turn down. Creta looks good, much like Santa Fe but the costing is way too high, no matter how much you pay, you are left with a car with no 4WD 🙁 duster gets it all at the right cost.

  2. Alok says:

    If you’re thrilled by gizmos, go for Creta. Otherwise on ride quality and handling, Duster wins hands down. Besides, a SUV is no SUV without 4wd.

  3. Devil says:

    Yesterday visited hyundai showroom and exited the showroom in exactly 10 minutes after hearing the price of the top end. It’s not an ecosport category and hyundai should have mentioned this in advance. No more VFM. I own 4 hyundai cars and yet no loyalty bonus even if I buy i20. Bye bye hyundai. Recently bought an automatic honda brio and it has bad resale value totally contradicting the companies claim. So bye bye to Honda aswell . These car companies need to be taught a lesson. They are continously raising the prices of the cars belonging to lower category and confusing the customers giving excuses of excise duties .

    1. Akshar Patel says:

      Oh dude I had the same experience with honda brio, shitty resale value. Are you looking to buy an SUV or a hatchback? I was pretty sure hyundai was going to give us a surprise with the pricing, but I was kinda hoping it would be a good one. Ecosport is a compact SUV, creta does have more space though, but in a considerably lesser price you get a renault duster with 4WD and totally loaded for off loading, equally good space, a good enough resale value and good looks.

  4. Dr. Nayak says:

    Now Tata and Mahindra (Nexon and S-101/S-101O) have some wiggle room in this category. They can price their mini SUV in the sub 5L range and make a killing provided the quality, fit and finish is on par with this creature!


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