Which car is better to buy? The practical Maruti S-Cross crossover-SUV or lavishly-designed Hyundai Elite i20 hatchback? Read our Hyundai Elite i20 vs Maruti S-Cross comparison to see what they have to offer against each other.
1. Hyundai i20 vs Maruti S-Cross: Introduction
Maruti Suzuki has been leading the game of the budget-end cars for a long time now, but the luxury segment becomes its Achilles heel then. By the introduction of the Maruti S-Cross, Maruti Suzuki, an auto manufacturer of small budget-friendly cars, aimed to carve a niche for itself in the premium SUVs and crossover competition of India. Quite ahead of its launch, the S-Cross generates a whole bunch of online and off-line hype around it. The motoring enthusiasts have expected that the all-new car would be able to help the company shake off the jinx created by the Grand Vitara and the Kizashi and makes a success in the upper segment. Though the S-Cross hasn’t been a true success story for Maruti Suzuki from days one that is critically attributed to its initial high price bracket, the company is still betting much on the vehicle.
Despite being pitched as a premium SUV, the S-Cross’s nearest rivals are present in the hatchbacks segment in the form of the Hyundai Elite i20. Unlike its adversary, the South Korean hatchback car has created some important milestones in terms of sales and witnessed a resounding response all over the country. It’s a bit hard to imagine that the i20 moniker has been in the market since 2008. And it’s already been around five years since the major facelift bringing in the Elite i20 badge, the hatchback is still an aspirational car, having enough charm to woo the domestic car buyers each month. So how does the Hyundai Elite i20 pit against the premium Maruti S-Cross? By comparing the i20 vs S Cross, we try to find out what the S-Cross crossover-ish SUV and the Elite i20 hatchback have to ouster the each other in the competition.
2. Hyundai Elite i20 vs Maruti S-Cross Dimensions: Which Is Bigger?
Yes, you may know the answer right from the word go. The Maruti S-Cross is physically bigger than the Hyundai Elite i20 hatch by some margins. See how they measure up against each other in the table of dimensions below:
Hyundai Elite i20
1080 - 1200 kg
The Maruti S-Cross dimensions are at 4,300 mm in length, 1,785 mm in width, 1,595 mm in height along with the wheelbase of 2,600 mm. These figures mean that the S-Cross is almost big enough to compare with some mid-size SUVs like Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier or Kia Seltos. Essentially, the S-Cross is 315 mm longer, 51 mm wider and 90 mm higher than the Elite i20 hatchback counterpart. Its wheelbase is also longer than the i20’s wheelbase of 2,570 mm by 30 mm.
Measuring 3,985 mm long, the Hyundai Elite i20 is riding on the sub-four-metre hatchback segment. Compared to other rivals in its category, the i20 boasts the longest wheelbase that translates into a roomier space on the inside. The Elite i20 is also the heaviest hatchback out of the lot but it is, of course understandably, 40 kg less than the S-Cross SUV. Obviously then, at 4.3 metres in length, the Maruti S-Cross is intimidating in its proportions lending a greater street presence that a crossover should have to beat the Elite i20. However, does great road presence mean better to look at? Let’s find out how the Maruti S-Cross fares against the Elite i20 in terms of design in the next part of the comparison.
3. Hyundai Elite i20 vs Maruti S-Cross Design: Which Is Better Looking?
After the S-Cross was first introduced in the space, Maruti Suzuki hasn't sold the S-Cross in good numbers as it had expected for this SUV that is courtesy of, apart from the pricing, its “uninspiring” look.
In fact, the S-Cross is rather a conservative Japanese car at first glance. In 2017, the Indo-Japanese carmaker gave the S-Cross a major facelift in a bid to address the S-Cross’s weakness. The S Cross comes back with a fresher face that boasts of a host of cosmetic tweaks on boards. In fact, it is more than what we could call a “facelift”. Apart from the fenders, almost everything forward of the windscreen is completely new.
The large toothy grille with decent chrome inserts upfront works very well to catch our attention when looking at the front fascia of the model. The headlamps look premium and are reminiscent of the BMW 5-Series. The muscular bonnet is accentuated with some prominent character lines. The rounded-out front bumper with skid plates looks really striking, combined with the sharp-looking 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels to add more to the aggressive stance of the vehicle.
Hyundai Elite i20, like always, has a different styling approach in comparison with the Maruti Suzuki car. The fact that two cars are from different categories also forms the basis of how these cars would differentiate themselves when standing at the same place.
If the Maruti S-Cross comes up with SUV-ish aggression on its exterior design, the Hyundai Elite i20 returns a fair mix of elegance and sportiness typically for a premium hatch. The Elite i20 runs on a set of sporty-looking 16-inch wheels but we must say, it’s no SUV indeed. Compared to the S-Cross, the i20 might be a bit less flamboyant on the face. It features Hyundai’s iconic hexagonal grille at the front along with sharp-looking pulled-back headlamps and a lower mesh grille that integrates triangular fog lamps housings. There’s no rounded-off bumper, no skid plates and fewer chrome inserts but the Elite i20 doesn’t lose its charm over the S-Cross when looking straight into their the faces.
For an SUV, skid plates and claddings are featured on both sides of the S-Cross. The Hyundai Elite i20 has none of them. The rear end of the new Elite i20 looks much better updated than the S-Cross. The new taillamps graphic design lights up in a horizontal pattern that looks more stunning than that in the S-Cross counterpart. The thick blacked-out section of the bumper and the restyled tailgate also add some flairs to the car’s overall package.
Along with the idea of going premium, Hyundai gives the Elite i20's cabin a host of nips and tucks that makes it fresh and more sophisticated. The dashboard layout is neat and clean, designed in a way that everything is in the right position to fall in the hand of the driver easily. The dual-tone interior theme gives the cabin a brighter and airier effect.
It looks upmarket and the soft-touch materials all around improve that upmarket feel to a higher level. The seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system is placed lower under the central AC vents and flanked by the dual rotary controls and a batch of physical buttons. Like the exterior, the interior of the Elite i20 is also less flamboyant but deep inside, it manages to deliver a premium felt all around the corners.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, on the other hands, scores better in terms of quality thanks to the extensive utilization of high-quality plastics. The S-Cross makes use of an all-black cabin that looks pretty cool with some satin-polished chrome trims on the centre console, air vents, door handles and even steering. However, given the price bracket that the SUV carries, the Maruti S-Cross feels a bit “plastic-y” and lacks the luxuriousness that other modern SUVs have to offer.
4. Hyundai Elite i20 vs Maruti S-Cross Features: Which Is Safer and More Convenient?
Comfort Features Comparison
Hyundai Elite i20 is brimming with a long list of features for better convenience and comfort. It comes with steering mounted controls, power steering and power window, wireless charging, rear AC vents, 12V accessory socket, theatre dimming central room lamp, front wiper, battery saver, segment-first fold-down armrest, etc. Other highlighting features of the Elite i20 include auto climate control, power-adjustable ORVMs, audio systems with Bluetooth connectivity, rear vanity mirror, etc. offered on some select variants of the model. The touchscreen infotainment system of the Elite i20 is one of the best units around that is offered with an easy-to-use interface and compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay (for the higher-spec variant).
Comparing with Hyundai car in terms of comfort features is really a tough fight but considering the higher price sticker it is sticking to, the Maruti S-Cross seems to have a lot of things that work in favour of. Standard comfort goodies of the S-Cross include keyless entry, power windows, driver side auto up/down window with anti-pinch, tilt steering, engine auto start-stop cancel switch, co-driver side vanity mirror, front accessory pocket among others.
Safety & Security Features Comparison
On the safety front, the Hyundai Elite i20 is packed with four airbags, anti-lock braking system, central locking, impact-sensing auto door lock/ unlock, seatbelt pre-tensioners for driver and passenger, speed alert, driver and passenger seatbelt reminder, engine immobilizer, dual horns and many others.
The Maruti S-Cross comes to offer dual airbags, ABS, rear ISOFIX child seat mounts, front disc brakes, engine immobilizer, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, reverse parking sensor, high-speed alert, dual horn, etc as standard across the model.
5. Hyundai Elite i20 vs Maruti S-Cross Engine Specs: Which Is Better In Terms Of Performance?
The Maruti S-Cross comes with a single diesel engine option under the bonnet. It gets a 1.3-litre DDis 200 diesel mill that is offered with smart hybrid tech and comes mated to 5-speed manual transmission. That said, the S-Cross comes as a bit let-down for the domestic car buyers as it misses out on a petrol-automatic variant that the i20 does have on tap.
Hyundai Elite i20
1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol
1.4 U2 CRDi Diesel
DDiS 200 Smart Hybrid Diesel
No. of cylinders
5-speed MT/ CVT
Power and torque output of the S-Cross is at 90 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque, delivered to the two wheels only. The Hyundai Elite i20, in the meantime, is powered by either a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine making 83 PS and 117 Nm or a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel motor tuned to produce 90 PS/ 224 Nm of torque. It even looks more enticing with three gearboxes on its compelling mechanical package, including a 6-speed MT for the diesel mill or a 5-speed MT/ CVT for the gasoline burner. What tips the scale towards the S-Cross here should be a hybrid variant available in use. The DDiS 200 comes with the company’s Smart Hybrid tech which features idle-stop start, brake energy generation system, torque assist along with a gearshift indicator.
6. Hyundai Elite i20 vs Maruti S-Cross Top Speed: Which Is Faster?
Being a small hatchback, the Hyundai Elite i20 is surprisingly faster than S Cross SUV by some extents. The petrol variants of the i20 can reach the top speed of 154 kmph while the diesel models do that with almost 165 kmph. With a single diesel engine under the hood, Maruti S-Cross hits the peak speed of 164 kmph.
Hyundai Elite i20
154 kmph - 165 kmph
0 - 100 kmph
Hyundai Elite i20 is even faster in terms of the acceleration (from 0-100 kmph). The hatchback car is capable of sprinting to 100 kmph from a standstill in 11.5 seconds (for diesel version) and roughly 13 seconds for ( for petrol variants). The S-Cross, on the other hand, takes over 13 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km per hours.
7. Hyundai Elite i20 vs Maruti S-Cross Mileage: Which Is More Fuel Efficient?
Though being less flamboyant in terms of performance, the S-Cross is a more fuel-efficient car regarding its ARAI-rated fuel mileage figure of 25.1 kmph.
Hyundai Elite i20
Petrol | Diesel
22.54 kmpl (Diesel MT)
18.6 kmpl (Petrol MT)
17.4 (Petrol AT)
Compared with the diesel-powered i20, the Maruti SUV returns a higher fuel economy figure of 2.56 kmpl. The petrol models of the Elite i20 are, of course, still less efficient as its manual and automatic variants can only deliver 18.6 kmpl and 17.4 kmpl respectively.
8. Hyundai Elite i20 vs Maruti S-Cross Price: Which Is Cheaper?
Due to the decent prices of the S-Cross, the Hyundai Elite i20 premium hatchback comes cheaper than the SUV competitor. The S-Cross is currently being on sale in the range of Rs 8.8 – 14.3 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) that commands a huge premium over the Elite i20. The Hyundai hatchback car is retailed at around Rs 5.52 – 9.34 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Hyundai Elite i20
Ex-showroom Prices (Delhi)
Rs 5.52 – 9.34 Lakh
Rs 8.8 - 11.43 Lakh
On-road Prices (Delhi)
Rs 6.14 – 10.66 Lakh
Rs 10 – 13.47 Lakh
9. Hyundai Elite i20: Other Competitors
Hyundai Elite i20 fights aggressively with the Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Toyota Glanza, etc. and the all-new Tata Altroz.
11. Hyundai Elite i20 vs Maruti S-Cross Verdict: Which Model Is Worth Buying?
There is no denying that the Maruti S-Cross, albeit being underrated in India, is quite a pleasurable car to be driven in. The Hyundai Elite i20, on the other hand, is one of the most premium hatchbacks out there - a quite spacious car with plenty of features to offer and an automatic transmission on boards. Since buying a car is based on the purpose of your purchase, both cars have their own traits to complement.
If you are setting out to buy an umber-cool stylish hatchback car with a long list of safety and comfort features, a CVT option at an attractive price point, the Hyundai Elite i20 must appear in your list of choices. Otherwise, if you are seeking high and low for a practical and fun-to-drive family vehicle and ready to compromise on the petrol engine option, it's the Maruti S-Cross that makes a deal.