Vitara Brezza vs S-cross Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs S-cross Comparison
Overall, the S-cross 1.6 is not only the best car in this test; it is also our most favourite car up to 15 Lakhs. It has by far the best performance coupled with excellent fuel efficiency, balanced ride-handling, solid build quality and great practicality. It is technically a far superior automobile than the Vitara Brezza, regardless of the multitudes of car buyers who are obviously going to prefer the Brezza’s sleek styling over the odd shape of the S-cross. Even the 1.3 litre S-cross is much better engineered product than the Brezza and is our choice over the Vitara Brezza.

Vitara Brezza vs S-cross Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: S-cross’ mid-range 1.3 litre ‘Zeta’ variant retails for 11.23 Lakh, On-road, Delhi, which is 40,000 Rs. more expensive than the top-end Vitara Brezza ‘ZDi+’ variant (costing 10.85 lakh). Not only is the Vitara Brezza cheaper, but it also has a few more features than the S-cross as detailed below, which are worth around 20,000 Rs., making the Vitara Brezza around 60,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent S-cross. (S-cross 1.6’s cheapest variant ‘Delta’ retails for 12.05 Lakh, on road, Delhi)

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, Climate Control, Power Steering, Central Locking by Remote, Power Windows, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Infotainment System with FM, USB, Bluetooth & Aux + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Touch-screen, Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Steering Wheel Switches, Cruise Control, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Projector Headlamps, Anti-Pinch Driver's Window, Fog Lamps – Front, Alloy Wheels, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Cornering Lamps, Push Button Start & Smart Key
Extra Features in Vitara Brezza (ZDi+): LED Daytime Running Lights, Auto-dimming Inside Mirror, Automatic Light-sensing Headlamps, Automatic Rain-sensing Wipers
Extra Features in S-cross (1.3 Zeta): Telescopic Steering Adjustment

Performance & Drivability: The S-cross 1.6 is a zillion times better than both the under-engined, 1.3-litre Vitara Brezza & S-cross. In fact it is THE torquiest (in terms of torque-to-weight) cars below 15 Lakh, bar none. The 1250cc Multijet engine is just too small to power 1200kg+ porkers like the Vitara Brezza & S-cross. It gives them irritating turbo-lag, making them a chore to drive in city traffic. Even when the turbo does finally spool up above 2000 rpm, the mid-range punch is just about adequate for overtaking heavier traffic on the highways. The 1.6 Multijet on the other hand is a gem of an engine. It also has a bit of turbo-lag around town. But once the turbo starts whistling, it propels the car forward with such ferocity, that it can teach the German luxury cars a thing or two about performance.

Power (PS@rpm): Vitara Brezza – 90@4000, S-cross 1.3 – 90@4000, S-cross 1.6 – 120@3750
Torque (Nm@rpm): Vitara Brezza – 200@1750, S-cross 1.3 – 200@1750, S-cross 1.6 – 320@1750
Kerb Weight (kg): Vitara Brezza – 1185, S-cross 1.3 – 1195, S-cross 1.6 - 1265
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Vitara Brezza – 76, S-cross 1.3 – 75, S-cross 1.6 – 95 (27% higher)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Vitara Brezza – 169, S-cross 1.3 – 167, S-cross 1.6 – 253 (51% higher)

Fuel Efficiency: In our back-to-back tests, the Vitara Brezza returned identical fuel-efficiency to the 1.3 litre S-cross and just half a kmpl more than the 1.6 S-cross. In spite of having 27% more power and 51% more torque than the 1.3s, the 1.6 S-cross is only 9% less efficient.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Vitara Brezza – 24.3, S-cross 1.3 – 23.67, S-cross 1.6 – 22.07
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Vitara Brezza – 2.47, S-cross 1.3 – 2.54, S-cross 1.6 – 2.72 (
assuming current fuel prices

Space & Comfort: Both cars have more than adequate space for 5 full size adults inside their cabin. The quality of interiors is much superior in the S-cross, compared to the plain and simple innards of the Brezza. However, the Brezza has easier ingress-egress and better all round visibility, thanks to a higher seat height. In spite of being 300m longer than the Brezza, the S-cross’ boot capacity at 353-375 liters is only marginally bigger than the Brezza’s 328-liter capacity.

Length (mm): Vitara Brezza – 3995, S-cross - 4300
Width (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1790, S-cross - 1765
Height (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1640, S-cross - 1590

Ride Quality & Handling: S-cross has immensely better dynamics than the Vitara Brezza. It handles sharp bumps and broken roads much better than the Brezza, in spite of a smaller tyre size and lesser ground clearance! S-cross is also prone to much lesser body roll than the Brezza around corners and a much better steering feel and feedback as well. Brezza’s stability at high speeds though adequate is no match to the sheer confidence that that you feel at the helm of the S-cross.

Ground Clearance (mm): Vitara Brezza – 198, S-cross – 183
Tyre Size:
Vitara Brezza - 215/60R16 (ZDi, ZDi+), 205/60R16 (LDi, VDi)
S-cross - 205/60R16

Reliability and After Sales Service: The S-cross is sold through the Nexa outlets, while the Vitara Brezza is sold through regular Maruti Dealerships. This has unnecessarily limited the reach of S-cross’ sales outlets to just over a hundred, making it unavailable to customers in most of the B towns and rural areas. In contrast the Vitara Brezza is available across Maruti’s 2000+ dealerships all across the country. The Nexa cars do get to jump the queue at service though with dedicated bays made available at regular Maruti service stations.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): Vitara Brezza is bound to depreciate slightly lesser than the S-crosses over a usage of 5 to 7 years, due to the styling, similar to what has happened with the Swift and the Ritz.
Vitara Brezza (ZDi+) – 6.51
S-cross 1.3 (Zeta) – 6.18
S-cross 1.6 (Delta) – 6.36

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
The Brezza works out to be around 80,000 Rs. lesser than the equivalent S-cross 1.3 in terms of Total Cost of Ownership. The S-cross 1.6 on the other hand works out to be 1.4 Lakh rupees more expensive than the Vitara Brezza.
Vitara Brezza (ZDi+) – 6.81
S-cross 1.3 (Zeta) – 7.59
S-cross 1.6 (Delta) – 8.15 (just 20% higher than Brezza)

Verdict: The S-cross 1.6 is not only the best car in this test; it is also our most favourite car up below 15 Lakhs in the market. It has by far the best performance coupled with excellent fuel efficiency, balanced ride-handling, solid build quality and great practicality. It is technically a far superior automobile than the Vitara Brezza, regardless of the multitudes of car buyers who are obviously going to prefer the Brezza’s sleek styling over the odd shape of the S-cross. Even the 1.3 litre S-cross is much better engineered product than the Brezza and is our choice over the Vitara Brezza, anyday.

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