Our First Car – Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

Why Maruti Suzuki S-Cross (Zeta-MT)?
  • bold look, premium design and interiors in this price range (10-12 lacs);
  • mature ride and smooth handling;
  • good braking (thanks to the expensive rear brake pads);
  • smooth gear shifts and comfortable ride;
  • very faint noise from the engine without vibrations in the cabin, when engine starts;
  • spacious for three adults in the rear with enough leg room;
  • Smart Hybrid System switches the engine off when the car is standstill or at neutral to save fuel; engine fires up again when the clutch is pressed;
  • 353 liter (810 liter with rear seatback folded) boot space for longer trips;
  • 7″ touchscreen head-unit (SmartPlay Studio);
  • cruise control;
  • excellent after-sales services and support of Maruti all across India,
  • Zeta variant gives you the best value for money. Alpha costs around 1.25 lacs more just for (a) leather seats; (b)  daytime running lamp (DRL), and (c) auto rain sensing wiper in the back.
  • Automatic transmission (AT) is dated and lacks competitive features from other brands.
What is missing?
  • airbags for rear seats;
  • sunroof;
  • rear air-conditioning vent;
  • powerful 1.6L petrol engine from the earlier variant;
  • rear USB/12v ports;
  • wireless charging;
  • the kick of driving really fast (if that matters to you);
  • competitiveness, as it is dated.


The image was shot from a very low angle to emphasize the grill design of S-Cross. You can also see the sun shining on the left headlight, adding a character to the car.

The picture is all about the interplay of light and shadows, both on the car and also on the ground.

The beauty of the second image is the reflection of the alloy wheel and front design on the surface water. The water on the cemented ground is a spillover from the car wash a while ago.

Location: Indo Hokke Hotel, Rajgir, Bihar
Camera: Samsung Galaxy S20FE

This image was shot from a low angle using the one-third rule of composition in landscape orientation. Later I cropped it to make it vertical which looked better.

I chose the side which was against the direct sunlight so that I can get a reflection of the sand on the car’s metallic body. I also positioned myself at an angle that could give only a glimpse of the car.

Location: Digha Ghat, Patna
Gear: Lumix S1 with 24-105mm F4.0 Lens
Settings: Aperture F11.0, Shutter Speed 1/60s, ISO 100

Tips for Photographing your Car
  • Firstly, your car needs to be fairly clean, if not sparkling clean.
  • Don’t shoot at eye level, as it will only give you mainstream photos of your car.
  • Always experiment with different angles and be very selective on which one to post.
  • As cars have metallic body and glasss surfaces, look for interesting reflections;
  • Experiment with different lenses. Your car will appear different shot from an extreme wide-angle lens (at 14/16mm focal length) to a telephoto lens (70-200mm)..
  • Always remove the number plate during post-processing or privacy reasons.
  • Shoot on a wet surface (where available) from a very low angle..
Quarterly Report Card

This February, our car completed its three months and here is the report card!


Fuel economy: 13 KM/ litre

road trips: 2

States Travelled:5

  1. Maharashtra
  2. Madhya Pradesh (Mandu, Jabalpur)
  3. Uttar Pradesh (Varanasi)
  4. Bihar (Patna, Rajgir, Katihar, Nawada)
  5. West Bengal (Darjeeling, Kalimpong)

Published by Vivek Kumar Verma

Investment Banking Lawyer | Photographer & Blogger | Connoisseur of Food | Poet

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