Maruti S-Cross Vs Baleno Vs Vitara Brezza - Which Model Is The Best Choice For You?

by Mohammed Burman | 21/03/2019
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This article is going to help you make a better decision among the three vehicles: the Maruti S-Cross, the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza by providing you with a detailed comparison among them in our Maruti S-Cross Vs Baleno Vs Vitara Brezza comparison review here

Maruti Suzuki has managed to transform an auto manufacturer which is popular with average buyers to an automaker which is well-known for producing premium models for the millenials. While many new vehicles have been introduced by the Indian largest automaker, its old models have also continually received updates. In 2015, Maruti introduced the S-Cross, its high-quality compact SUV to the Indian auto market. To respond to the warm welcome of the Indian SUV enthusiasts, MSI has introduced the mid-life updated version of the vehicle to the Indian auto market two years ago with Maruti’s SHVS technologies, new design and novel features.

There is also another premium hatchback, the Maruti Baleno, which was first introduced at around the same time as the S-Cross and has been dominating its segment for quite some time now. Receiving the power from a frugal set of motors of Maruti, the Baleno is one of the best-selling hatchbacks in India. Earlier this year, it receives a mid-life facelift, which involves only cosmetic updates. The latest comer from the Indo - Japanese automaker in the three representatives is the highly competitive sub-4-meter Vitara Brezza compact SUV, which has recorded decent sales number since its launch in 2016.

Read on to have an insight into the detailed comparison between the three vehicles: two compact SUVs and one hatchback to see which one is the best option for you!

>>> Also read the full review of the three models

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 2018 in India Review – A closer look

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Review 2018: What Could The Best-selling Hatchback Offer?

Maruti Vitara Brezza 2018 Review

Maruti S-Cross Vs Baleno Vs Vitara Brezza – Exterior Design

Maruti S-Cross

Being a compact SUV, the Maruti S-Cross comes with an aggressive look. The front features a bold chrome 10-slat grille with Suzuki S’s symbol in the centre, on the two sides of which are new headlights integrated with DRLs. Moreover, the restyled black bumper and the newly designed bonnet also add to the bold appearance of the S-Cross. On the side profile, the changes that can be realized include only the alloy wheels shod with the 215/60 R16 rubber tyres. Likewise, the rear also receives only a slight alteration against the outgoing model, which is the new LED tail lamps.

2017 Maruti S-Cross angular left

The Maruti S-Cross features a tough and muscular appearance

Maruti Baleno

The facelifted Maruti Baleno receives delicate alterations in terms of its cosmetic design. A new front grille, a sportier bumper, lower air intake, standard projector headlamps, new 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. Being on sale in the Indian auto market for quite some time before receiving the subtle changes, the Maruti Baleno has still been successful in maintaining its leading position in the hatchback segment, thanks to its harmonious and elegant appearance.

2019 Maruti Baleno blue angular left

With the upgrade in terms of the cosmetic design, the Maruti Baleno still maintains its simple and elegant appearance

Maruti Vitara Brezza

Looking at the Vitara Brezza, we will be impressed by its bold, strong, aggressive but proportionate styling, which has been created by the extended bumper, the large air intake and the aggressive dual-barrel headlamps. It looks like a real full-size SUV with wide wheels and a floating roof.

Maruti Vitara Brezza red side profile

The Maruti Vitara Brezza has an SUVish appearance with large wheels and a floating floof

Generally, while the two compact SUVs, the Vitara Brezza and the S-Cross, have an aggressive and rough appearance, the Baleno hatchback features a simple and elegant design.

Maruti S-Cross Vs Baleno Vs Vitara Brezza Interior

Features

 Maruti S-Cross

Maruti Baleno

Maruti Vitara Brezza

 Touchscreen infotainment setup

 Y

 Y

 Y

  Android Auto  & Apple CarPlay

 Y

 Apple CarPlay

 Apple CarPlay & MirrorLink

 Bluetooth connectivity  Y  Y

 Y

 Steering mounted calling controls & audio 

 Y

 Y

 Y

 Voice command & navgation system

 Y 

 Y

 Y

 Start/stop bush button

 Y

 Y

 Y

 Height adjustable driver seat

 Y

 Y

 Y

 Power-operated ORVMs

 Y

 Y

 Y

 Rear air conditioner vents

 N

 N

 N

 Dual airbags

 Y

 Y

 Y

 ABS with EBD

 Y

 Y

 Y

 Rear parking camera

 Y

 Y

 Y

Produced by Maruti Suzuki, which has been well-known for the safety and comfort offered to the customers, the three cars are replete with a wide range of convenience and safety features. The only difference is the connectivity features of the touchscreen infotainment system on the three models. While the new Maruti S-Cross’s touchscreen infotainment system supports Android Auto and Apple Carplay, the unit on the Maruti Baleno only supports Apple CarPlay, that on the  Maruti Suzuki Brezza supports MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay. 

Maruti S-Cross vs Baleno vs Vitara Brezza interior

The three models come with similar interior features except for their infotainment system' connectivity features 

Maruti S-Cross Vs Baleno Vs Vitara Brezza Specifications

Dimensions

In terms of the dimensions, the Maruti S-Cross measures the greatest in length among all the three models with a 4,300 mm length while both of the other two models measure under 4 metres in length. Measuring 1,765 mm in width, the S-Cross is also the widest vehicle. In the meantime, the Vitara Brezza has the greatest height of all the three models with a 1,600 mm height. While all of the three cars have a capacity of five seats, the S-Cross has a 2,600 mm wheelbase, which is the longest unit among all the three models. The S-Cross also has the most amber cargo space which measures 353 metres and can be further expanded to 810 litres with the third row completely folded.

Dimensions

 Maruti S-Cross

Maruti Baleno

Maruti Vitara Brezza

 Length

 4,3001 mm

 3,995 mm

 3,995 mm

 Width 

 1,765 mm

 1,745 mm

 1,730 mm

 Height

 1,590 mm

 1,510 mm

 1,600 mm

 Wheelbase

 2,600 mm 

 2,520 mm

 2,470 mm

 Seating capacity

 5

 5

 5

 Boot Space 

 353 - 810 litres

 339 litres

 328 litres

 

Performance

Model

Engine types 

 Max Power

 Peak torque

Transmission 

Mileage

 Maruti S-Cross

 1.3L SHVS diesel

 89 bhp

 200Nm

 5-speed MT 

 25.1 kmpl

 

 Maruti Baleno

 

 1.2L k-Series petrol

 83.1 bhp

 113 Nm

 5-speed MT/CVT  

 27.3 kmpl 

 1.3L MJD diesel

 74 bhp

 190 Nm

 5-speed MT

 21.4 kmpl

 Maruti Vitara Brezza

 1.3L MJD diesel

 89 bhp

 200 Nm

 5-speed MT

 24.3 kmpl

Engine and transmission

Both of the the new Vitara Brezza and the S-Cross are offered with a 1.3L diesel engine option only with the same maximum power and peak torque which are 89 bhp against 200 Nm. In the meanwhile, the Baleno’s 1.3L diesel motor produces less power/torque output of 74 bhp and 190 Nm. The transmission duties on the three models are undertaken by a 5-speed MT gearbox.

Noteworthily, the S-Cross has also got SHVS technology. Moreover, there is a petrol motor and a CVT gearbox available on the Baleno hatchback which are absent in the other two models.

Mileage

The Baleno hatchback’s petrol motor returns a mileage of 21.4 kmpl while that of its diesel variants stands at 27.3 with the latter being the highest among the three models. The Vitara Brezza has a fuel efficiency of 24.3 kmpl while the S-Cross, with the SHSV tech, has a slightly higher mileage of 25.1 kmpl.

2019 Maruti Baleno blue front in action

Only the Maruti Baleno is be powered by a petrol motor which is mated to a CVT gearbox and it also has the highest mileage

Maruti S-Cross Vs Baleno Vs Vitara Brezza Price

 Model

 Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)

 Maruti S-Cross

 INR 8.49 - 11.29 lakh 

 Maruti Baleno

 INR 7.23 - 9.91 lakh

 Maruti Vitara Brezza

 INR 5.45 - 8.77 lakh

The S-Cross facelift with updated features and also the new SHVS technology has the highest price range in the three models, which is from INR 8.49 lakh to INR 11.29 lakh. On the other hand, the Maruti Vitara Brezza is slightly lower priced with a price range from INR 7.23 lakh to INR 9.91 lakh. In the meantime, Maruti’s best selling hatchback, the Baleno is priced in the range of INR 5.45 lakh to INR 8.77 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

2017 Maruti S-Cross blue angular left

With a wide range of top-notch features and great dimensions, the Maruti S-Cross is the most expensive model

Maruti S-Cross Vs Baleno Vs Vitara Brezza Verdict

All in all, if you desire for an amber hatchback with an elegant exterior design, a list of interior features and decent fuel efficiency, the Baleno is the best choice for you. If you have a more generous budget and prefer an environmentally friendly SUV with great dimensions, then go for the S-Cross. In the meanwhile, the Vitara Brezza is a less environmentally friendly SUV and it costs you less than the S-Cross, so go for it if you do not have enough money to buy an S-Cross.

After reading the comparison above, have you decided on the most suitable model for yourself? Please share with us in the comment section below.

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