2018 Maruti S-Cross vs Tata Nexon – A detailed comparison!

Yes! You read it right. We are comparing the new Maruti S-Cross facelift to the Tata Nexon. And don’t worry, we haven’t gone insane to compare cars from different segments. We have a solid reason for putting up a Maruti S-Cross vs Tata Nexon comparison!

The Nexon has managed to catch eyes of multiple car buyers in the country, thanks to its contemporary looks, well-responsive engines and loaded feature list. As a result, we have been receiving quite a few requests regarding the Nexon’s comparison with its competitors. And while most requests were to compare the Tata Nexon to direct compact SUV rivals like the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport, we were surprised to see multiple entries for comparing it to the new Maruti S-Cross facelift.

And if you look at it in a broader sense, the comparison is indeed justified. As we will prove in the following detailed comparison, the S-Cross and the Nexon are pretty close to each other in terms of the specifications and features on offer. Thus, the major difference lies in the size – the Nexon is a sub-4 metre compact SUV while the S-Cross is a more than 4-metre crossover. But since both of them are essentially 5 seaters, does this size difference build any serious advantage for the S-Cross and justify the 1 lakh+ price premium it has over the Tata Nexon?

We go through every single detail of the Tata Nexon and Maruti S-Cross to answer just that!

2018 Maruti S-Cross vs Tata Nexon – Price comparison

For comparing prices of the Nexon and the S-Cross, we are taking only the diesel models. The reason behind this lies in the fact that the S-Cross is currently available only with a diesel engine option.

Seeing the below variant-wise price comparison, it is clear that the S-Cross is priced way over the Nexon. The price difference between two cars falls in the range of 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh, which is a huge amount for a car buyer looking at a 10 lakh rupee car. Hence, in the pricing department, the Nexon is the clear winner, undercutting all variants of the Tata Nexon. But can the S-Cross justify its price tag?

Maruti S-CrossTata Nexon
Sigma Diesel – Rs 8.49 lakhXE Diesel – Rs 6.85 lakh
Delta Diesel – Rs 9.39 lakhXM Diesel – Rs 7.34 lakh
Zeta Diesel – Rs 9.98 lakhXT Diesel – Rs 8.15 lakh
Alpha Diesel – Rs 11.29 lakhXZ+ Diesel – Rs 9.45 lakh
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross vs Tata Nexon – diesel specifications comparison
Maruti S-CrossTata Nexon
Engine1.3-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder DDiS1.5-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder Revotorq
Power89 BHP108 BHP
Torque200 Nm260 Nm
Gearbox5-speed manual6-speed manual
Drive systemfront wheel drivefront wheel drive
Maruti S-Cross 2018 vs Tata Nexon – Mileage Comparison
 New Maruti S-CrossTata Nexon
Diesel Mileage25.1 km/l21.5 km/l
Maruti S-Cross vs Tata Nexon dimensions comparison

This is where things get interesting! The Maruti S-Cross is clearly a longer vehicle, which is its biggest justification of the higher price tag. At 4,300 mm, the S-Cross is longer than the Nexon by over 300 mm. This increased length also translates to better wheelbase, as the S-Cross boasts of a 2,600 mm long wheelbase, as compared to the 2,498 mm reading on the Nexon. As a result, the legroom of front and rear seat occupants is a lot more generous in the S-Cross. However, Maruti designers didn’t really manage to carve out a big enough boot for the S-Cross. Hence, the two cars are differentiated by just 3-litres in the boot space department.

Moreover, while the S-Cross is indeed longer, the Nexon beats it in every other dimension. The compact SUV from Tata is 12 mm taller and 26 mm wider than the S-Cross, and also boasts of a 29 mm higher ground clearance. While the Nexon does look a bit strange with such tall dimensions, all this translates to sufficient cabin space. Hence, there is no clear advantage for the S-Cross in the dimensions department as well.

 Maruti S-CrossTata Nexon
Length4,300 mm3,994 mm
Width1,785 mm1,811 mm
Height1,595 mm1,607 mm
Wheelbase2,600 mm2,498 mm
Ground Clearance180 mm209 mm
Boot Space353 litres350 litres
Variant-wise features comparison

Following is a variant-wise feature comparison of the new Maruti S-Cross and the Tata Nexon. It must be noted that we have taken into account only the major feature differences of the corresponding variants of the two cars.

  • S-Cross Sigma vs Nexon XE
Maruti S-Cross Sigma diesel

Tata Nexon XE diesel

Front and rear power windowsOnly front power windows
Central Locking
Disc brakes at front and rearOnly front disc brakes
Turn indicator on ORVMs
Power adjustable ORVMs
Keyless Entry
  • S-Cross Delta vs Nexon XM
Maruti S-Cross Delta diesel

Tata Nexon XM diesel

Tilt & telescopic steering adjustmentOnly tilt steering adjustment
Height adjustable front seats
Front Armrest
Voice control
Gear shift indicator
Seat belt, low fuel, door ajar warning
  • S-Cross Zeta vs Nexon XT
Maruti S-Cross Zeta diesel

Tata Nexon XT diesel

Front & Rear armrest
Touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and rear camera
Cruise Control
Rear AC vents
Rear wash, wipe and defogger
Alloy wheels
  • S-Cross Alpha  vs Nexon XZ+
Maruti S-Cross Alpha diesel

Tata Nexon XZ+ diesel

Leather seats
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Rain sensing wipers
Cooled Glovebox
Touchscreen infotainment system with 4 speakers and 2 tweetersAmzing 8-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
Anti-theft alarm


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