We highway take a look at the trendy new Suzuki SX4 S-Cross – an SUV remodeled…
Where the outgoing Suzuki S-Cross misplaced out in kerb attraction, it gained in practicality, off-highway functionality, consolation, gear and worth for cash.
This third-technology mannequin builds on its predecessor’s plus factors, including type and a complete security and tech improve.
And let’s face it, it has to good as a result of it’s battling it out with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-30 and Seat Ateca within the extremely aggressive household crossover sector.
The new S-Cross has a few aces up its sleeve. Unlike most of its rivals, not solely is it additionally obtainable with 4-wheel drive (AllGrip in Suzuki converse), however it presents extra gear as normal, higher gasoline financial system and decrease emissions.
Add Suzuki’s arduous-received popularity for reliability and prime customer support and it turns into a severe contender.
So let’s begin with the apparent. While the S-Cross retains a lot the identical profile because the Mk 2, it now has a bolder, extra rugged SUV look and it appears to be like particularly good from the entrance.
Priced from £24,999, at launch it’s solely obtainable with a vigorous 1.4-litre ‘Boosterjet’ turbo engine, which contains a 48V delicate hybrid system (there’s a 0.3kWh lithium-ion battery beneath the driving force’s seat) creating 129bhp in complete.
Delivering a 0-62mph acceleration time of 9.5 seconds (2WD fashions) for each guide and computerized transmissions and a prime velocity of 118mph, it’s able to as much as 53.2mmpg, whereas CO2 emissions are as little as 120g/km. And these final two stats are class-main.
To make life easier, the S-Cross is available in two trim ranges – Motion and Ultra.
Entry-level Motion comes with a 7.0-inch centre touchscreen (together with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, site visitors signal recognition, adaptive cruise management, keyless entry and heated entrance seats.
Ultra provides a 9.0-inch touchscreen with constructed-in sat-nav, 360-diploma digital camera, leather-based upholstery, a sliding panoramic roof and the choice of 4-wheel drive.
There’s a step-up inside too. While it’s not state-of-the-artwork, it’s spacious, snug and logically laid out.
It’s effectively constructed too, although we’d favor some smooth-contact surfaces. It’s additionally refreshing to seek out some buttons and dials along with the touchscreen (a giant enchancment on its predecessor, although nonetheless not the slickest system ever).
There’s loads of area for passengers, however the panoramic sunroof does eat into the headroom, so don’t neglect to sit down within the again on a take a look at drive.
Boot capability is a helpful 430 litres, rising to 875 litres with the rear seats folded down. There are additionally helpful storage areas across the cabin.
Our solely gripe is that the driving force’s seating place is slightly on the excessive facet, however it received’t be a deal breaker for many potential consumers.
On the highway the brand new Suzuki S-Cross is simple and enjoyable to drive. The engine is raring, and due to the automobile’s light-weight development and that enhance from the battery, it feels vigorous and solely turns into vocal if pushed arduous.
Like most SUVs, there’s slightly physique roll in sooner corners, however general it feels composed and surprisingly agile, whereas each the automated or guide six-velocity gearboxes are a pleasure to make use of.
It’s ideally suited for town, with gentle steering and good visibility, plus all-spherical parking sensors and a rear digital camera.
What’s extra, when you’re no stranger to excessive climate situations otherwise you merely need additional peace of thoughts, then 4-wheel drive is fitted as normal when you go for the Ultra trim.
It has 4 drive modes – Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock. Auto is the default. It makes use of two-wheel drive, switching to 4 wheels if it detects wheel spin. Sport makes the S-Cross extra dynamic, maximising grip when vital, altering engine response and cornering efficiency.
Use Snow for the apparent and different slippery situations, whereas Lock is for controlling the automobile in snow, mud, or sand.
Verdict: The new Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is one thing of a revelation. An reasonably priced, no-nonsense household SUV that handles effectively and presents spectacular off-highway functionality. Generously outfitted, spacious and boasting low operating prices, it’s full of security equipment and the most recent infotainment expertise.