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Maruti S Cross Petrol Automatic Ownership Review. After 5000 Kms drive

Maruti S Cross Petrol Automatic Ownership Review. After 5000 Kms drive

Maruti S Cross Petrol Automatic Ownership Review as shared after driving over 5000 Kms. Engine Performance, Mileage, Long Drive

 

Maruti S Cross Automatic Ownership Review

Here is a review shared for S Cross Zeta Automatic by Owner Nilanjan ji on Social Media

Usage: After Owning Car for close to 3 Months and driving around 5800 Kms including one long distance ride of close to 3000 Kms as done by Owner and explained 2 Critical aspect of

 

4 Speed Automatic Response

The 4 speed gearbox is quite a happy highway cruiser with more than sufficient power available for both mountain driving and high speed overtaking.

The 4 speed Automatic Gearbox has the following modes

  • D - Normal drive mode that uses all four gears
  • L - the car only goes upto 1st gear, useful for starting from very steep inclines or after getting stuck in a ditch, may never get used
  • 2 - the car only goes upto 2nd gear - useful for steep inclines (may get used in the Himalayas);
  • OD OFF - Turns off the overdrive or the 4th gear, so the car can only go upto the 3rd gear. 

Below is Driving Experience on Ghats and Highways as shared by Owner Nilanjan ji on S Cross Petrol Automatic

Driving in Ghats: Please remember, to get the best out of it, you need to understand the gearbox. During my drive from Mumbai to Goa, in the Ghat sections right before entering Goa I had switched OD OFF to get adequate power through the curves. The 4th gear is meant for cruising and fuel efficiency and is not meant for climbing anyway. The Hill Hold kicks in as required and the engine provides sufficient torque through the inclines of ghats. Do remember that the Western Ghats are nothing compared to the Himalayan climbs and this car has not yet been tested in the northern mountains. 

In the Himalayan drives I may even go down to 0-2 gears (2 on the Gearshift) instead of OD OFF in Ghats which essentially is 0-3 gears. For highway overtaking, the car achieves 100 kmph at about 2300-2400 RPM when on the 4th gear.

When an overtaking is required I've used the kickdown on the accelerator which shifts the car to 3rd at about 3200-3400 RPM and takes about 0.4 seconds to execute. From here the engine pulls linearly to 5000+ RPMs where you'll comfortably be driving at 140+ kmph.

Contrary to popular perceptions, the gearbox does not hunt for gears. There is a specific accelerator kickdown at which it downshifts and if the accelerator is pressed slower than that it remains in the same gear and accelerates in-gear. This can give the feeling of having inadequate power when the car is on 4th gear.

 

Driving on Highway: For quick highway overtakes use the kickdown abundantly. It's very quick and the power in 3rd gear is noticably higher. I did some spirited driving during the Mumbai - Goa stretch and achieved a top speed of 160+ kmph as per dashboard speedo. This however resulted in quite a low fuel efficiency of about 13.5 kmpl over the 620 km stretch. However traffic conditions were also quite suboptimal on that Saturday where it took me 12+ hours to cover the stretch from Mumbai to South Goa.

 

S Cross Mileage

 

Mileage on Highway: The car when driven with a light foot on the accelerator with less braking gives spectacular mileage true to it's Maruti credentials.

I specifically tried to test it's mileage during my long 1020 km drive from Bangalore - Mumbai of which about 970 km was highway and about 50 kms was city (Belgaum and Mumbai).

I got 20.6 kmpl as per display and 20.4 kmpl on tank full to tank full method on the total 1020 km stretch between Bangalore and Mumbai over 2 days (Day 1: 20.2 kmpl as per display and 19.8 kmpl on a tank full to tank full method on the 530 km stretch from Bangalore - Belgaum). I've used the cruise control throughout the drive and likely covered ~75% of the distance with CC on. Cruise speed was varied between 60-100 as required by traffic conditions.

Over 2 days I've been faster than Google's predicted time by about 40 mins with a total time taken of about 15 hours 50 mins against Google's predicted 16 hour 30 mins through the two days. This is before my second free servicing and I expect to get even better mileage after that.

As per Owner the 4th gear is meant for fuel efficiency and does not always provide adequate power for climbing hills or overtaking, this mode helps keep the engine on a high RPM always and gives a power surge as required.

 

S Cross NVH

As per Owner Comment - NVH levels upto 2500 RPM is quiet, but starts getting noisier beyond 3500. However, much of this seems to be due to the JK tyres and not the engine.

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Comments 1

Guest - Vikas on Saturday, 09 January 2021 16:03

I fully agree with this, I have just bought a Vitara Breeza automatic and driven about 2000 km and it's has same engine.
The only down thing is interior quality and low fuel efficiency.
It's giving me 12.5 in which city and highway is fifty fifty, despite of I am a light foot driver.

I fully agree with this, I have just bought a Vitara Breeza automatic and driven about 2000 km and it's has same engine. The only down thing is interior quality and low fuel efficiency. It's giving me 12.5 in which city and highway is fifty fifty, despite of I am a light foot driver.
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Sunday, 24 January 2021

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