Renault’s India bound crossover the Captur is just a month away from launch and will launch straight into a crossover battle royale with two seasoned competitors, the 2017 Hyundai Creta and the facelifted Maruti Suzuki S-Cross (which is scheduled for launch next week). What makes it even more interesting is the fact that each of these three crossovers has taken unique approaches at the very poorly defined crossover segment. On one hand, you have the Duster based B0 platform on Renault’s new Captur, which is the most traditional form of a crossover. The Hyundai Creta leans towards the urban SUV design although it has never needed a 4WD, and is possibly the most successful car in the segment. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, on the other hand, is a unique take on sedan meets station wagon with ground clearance.
In terms of dimensions, The Renault Captur has both the longest wheelbase and overall length, suggesting that is likely to be roomiest on the inside as well. The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross coming in a square second place, the Creta is the shortest, although the added height does ensure that cabin feels much roomier than the S-Cross. The Captur is also the widest, followed by the Creta, the S-Cross takes third place by a long shot sticking to its skinny profile. However, in terms of ground clearance is where the Capture really shines besting both cars by more than 20 mm (30 in the case of the S-Cross) which indicates that it might even be the best of the three off-road as well. The Captur also has the largest boot of the three with a generous 437-litre boot, in comparison to the 402-litre boot on the Creta, the S-Cross misses out majorly in terms of boot space considering its 350-litre boot is almost the same size as the Tata Nexon which is about 300 mm shorter.
|Renault Captur||Maruti Suzuki S-Cross||Hyundai Creta|
|Length||4329 mm||4300 mm||4270 mm|
|Width||1813 mm||1765 mm||1780 mm|
|Hieght||1619 mm||1590 mm||1630 mm|
|Wheelbase||2673 mm||2600 mm||2590 mm|
|Ground Clearance||212 mm||180 mm||190 mm|
|Boot Space||437 litres||402 litres||353 litres|
The S-Cross facelift, which gets a mid-cycle rework will carry forward the dash from previous generations. This includes a centre touch screen with Maruti’s own UI, although it would be exciting the S-Cross was to get Android Auto as well. The Captur does seem a bit dated in comparison to the Maruti and Hyundai, although it does get a touch screen and should match the two in terms of on-paper features. The Creta does have the best interiors, although the roominess is definitely a strong point for the Captur.
The S-Cross and the Creta get a 7-inch touchscreen with Google Android Auto and Apple Car Play, while the Captur gets the old unit from the Duster which is a little bit of let down. In fact, even the Creta and S-Cross feature 6-speaker units, while the Renault only has a 4 speaker unit.
Only the Captur offers full-LED headlights. The French carmaker calls them Renault Pure Vision LED. The S-Cross facelift packs new LED projector units replacing the previous bi-xenon units. The Creta only gets halogen projectors.
Of the three, only the Captur gets full LED treatment. Renault calls them the pure vision LEDs. The new S-Cross will get LED projector units to replace the bi xenon units on the Captur. The Creta only gets halogen projectors. Both the Captur and the S-Cross come with LED DRLs. While the Creta misses out on DRLs entirely.
The Renault Captur gets the Duster sourced 1.5-litre H4K petrol and 1.5-litre K9K diesel motors, the Hyundai Creta’s engine array strategy sets it apart with two diesel motors and a petrol motor(1.4 litre Diesel, 1.6 litre Diesel and a 1.6-litre petrol) on offer. The S-Cross however, will not be returning with the 1.6litre 320 Nm diesel mill, it will only be offered with the 1.3-litre diesel. Strangely the Creta is the only one of the three to offer automatic transmissions, that too in both petrol and diesel trims which ensure that the Creta can be perfectly customised to suit your needs.
|Diesel||Renault Captur||Maruti Suzuki S-Cross||Hyundai Creta|
|Engines||1.5 litre||1.3 litre||1.4/1.6 litre|
|Power(hp)||108hp||89 hp||89/125 hp|
|Torque (Nm)||245Nm||200Nm||220/260 Nm|
|Transmission||6-Speed Manual||5-Speed Manual|
|Petrol||Renault Captur||Hyundai Creta|
|Engines||1.5 litre||1.6 litre|
|Power(hp)||105 hp||120 hp|
|Torque (Nm)||142 Nm||151 Nm|
6-Speed Manual, Automatic
In terms of price the Hyundai Creta retails between 8.92- 14.00 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), we expect the S-Cross will be the most reasonably priced of the three considering the loss of the more expensive 1.6-litre diesel. The S-Cross is likely to be priced between 7-10 lakhs (more if it inherits the Ciaz’s SHVS mild hybrid technology), the Captur is likely to match the Creta in terms of price launching next month between an expected range of 9-14 lakh.