The interior of the S-Cross is quite different from rest of the Maruti cars. Step inside and the sporty all-black theme creates a positive impression. The dashboard is a mix of hard plastic and soft touch material with silver accents that looks nice but the fit and finish could have been a notch better. The three-spoke leather wrapped steering with audio and telephone controls feels good and uses the same theme as the leather seats with contrasting white stitches.
The instrument cluster features an analog speedometer and tachometer with the multi information display between the two. The display reads out the electronic trip meters, average fuel consumption, distance to empty, fuel level, temperature and other relevant information. The feature list of the S-Cross includes push-button start, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers and even illuminated vanity mirrors on both driver and co-driver sun visors. The 2-DIN touch-screen infotainment system is enabled with navigation and is surrounded by hexagonal silver surrounds. The system interface is not very intuitive but sounds great with the two tweeters supplementing the four speakers.
The front row space is good and three people can sit comfortably in the back seat if you can adjust with the transmission tunnel that has been carried forward as a part of the global body shell. Despite the black theme, the cabin feels roomy thanks to the greyish white roof lining and the third row window quarter panel. Although for a 4,300mm long car, the cabin space is slightly less than the expectations set by the new generation C-segment sedans. The bigger surprise is that the rear seats do not get AC vents nor a 12V power outlet. The boot space at 353 litres isn’t too big, though the design will allow maximum utilisation of the space. It can be further expanded to 810 litres after folding the rear seats.
The interior of the S-Cross scores over all the existing crossovers including the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano. It will probably be humbled by the Hyundai Creta, which is expected to offer a similar features list, yet impeccable quality that we have seen in all the recent Hyundai cars.