Should I consider compact SUVs such as the Kia Sonet or Hyundai Venue as an alternative? Also will there be any development that will affect the S-Cross' maintenance or resale value in the near future?
I’m planning to buy a Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. Its exterior design and stance look good, and the front grille takes my breath away. The space in the car and the boot is awesome but I am unsure about a few things. Is the crossover worth buying when this is an era of mini-SUVs? Would Maruti Suzuki phase out the S-Cross in a year, as there are certainly no new features in it (2020 facelift has minor changes)? Can the Venue/Sonet be a better choice, as they come under the same price range? After discontinuing the diesel engines, can we expect something new in the near future that can impact my car’s maintenance and reselling price?
I drive 30-40km everyday and go on weekend getaways and long trips. I want good interiors and space, and the car should also have a good resale value after three years.
Manav Agarwal, Jaipur
If you like the design of the S-Cross then the main issue of the car is taken care of. The general view is that the S-Cross looks more like a crossover than a proper SUV. However, as that’s not the case with you, you should go right ahead and buy the car as the concerns you have are not really an issue. Firstly, Maruti Suzuki won’t phase out the S-Cross in a hurry and there is a chance they will re-introduce a diesel engine in it sometime next year. The Venue and Sonet are better equipped and have more features. They are sportier to drive too. However, in comparison to the S-Cross, both the Korean cars are very cramped in the rear and the luggage space is nowhere near as good. The S-Cross is a bigger car and in a segment higher, so if you are impressed with the space the S-Cross offers, it’s the better choice.
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