The compact SUV segment is already thriving and there are great cars competing against each other. Hyundai is all set to launch its new compact SUV – Creta and the car would be pitched against the leaders like Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. Infact Suzuki would be launching its S-Cross which would compete in same compact SUV segment with other cars.
The only car that is sub-four meter and gets the tax benefit is the Ford EcoSport (3999mm). The Duster is the longest of them all (4315mm). The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and Hyundai Creta are marginally short at 4300mm and 4270mm respectively.
The Renault Duster is also the broadest (1822mm) followed by Creta (1780mm), S-Cross and EcoSport (1765mm). Larger dimensions generally help make the car more spacious. The Duster also has the longest wheelbase (2673mm) and the most amount of ground clearance (205mm) of the lot. The EcoSport also offers an impressive ground clearance of (200mm) followed by Hyundai Creta (183mm) and S-Cross (170mm). After the Duster, S-Cross has the longest wheelbase (2600mm), followed by Creta (2590mm) and EcoSport (2520mm).
The Creta from Hyundai looks like a baby SantaFe. Hyundai would offer three engine options to choose from. There would be two diesels with - 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre capacity. While the VTVT petrol motor will be of 1.6-litre capacity. There would be six-speed gearbox option will all engines. The top-end diesel variant would get a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
The Maruti S-Cross would probably employ a 1.6 litre diesel engine - sourced from Fiat - with 120bhp on tap. It is expected that the car will also be available with a 1.6 VVT petrol engine. It is expected that the automatic variant would come with a 5-speed transmission. The diesel engine is expected to come coupled with a six-speed transmission while the petrol would have option of both automatic and manual. Maruti might also offer a 4WD system. However, it may come at a later stage.
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High ground clearance of the Duster makes it the most capable off-roader. The car comes with one petrol engine and two diesel engine options. The1.6-Litre K4M petrol engine churns out a maximum power of 102.5bhp and 145Nm of torque. The (1461cc) 1.5-Litre dCi engine in the diesel variant produces 83.8bhp power and 200Nm of torque. The petrol engine as well as the diesel engine uses a five-speed manual transmission. The higher powered diesel variant produces 108.5bhp of power with 248Nm torque. The power train here has been mated with a six speed manual transmission.
The EcoSport on the other hand offers three engine choices – Out of all, the 1litre EcoBoost petrol is the most impressive and efficient. There is another 1.5litre Ti-VCT petrol and 1.5litre DV5 diesel engine. The 1litre EcoBoost petrol motor produces 125bhp of maximum power at 6000rpm and torque of 170Nm between 1400 – 4500rpm. The other petrol motor (1.5L Ti-VCT) produces peak power of 112bhp at 6300rpm and torque of 140Nm at 4400rpm. The 1.5litre DV5 diesel engine makes 91bhp at 3750rpm and massive torque of 204Nm between 2000 – 2750rpm.
All cars in the compact SUV segment are very closely priced except the Ford EcoSport which starts at around 7 lakhs. The EcoSport and Duster are well established in the market. The top-end variants of the cars would be definitely well-equipped. However, it remains to be seen how Hyundai and Maruti price their cars and the sort of features they put in their base models to remain at the top of the game.