Suzuki S-Cross 1.4

The new New S-Cross has a large high-definition colour LCD display that shows a range of information including fuel consumption, average speed and acceleration

The cheerful Suzuki S-Cross is a good option for those who want a smart crossover without paying premium prices writes Geraldine Herbert

What is it? In the interests of full disclosure I should probably admit I have a soft spot for Suzukis. My first car was a red Suzuki Swift; it went like a rocket and I loved it. All these years later, I still see Suzukis through a nostalgic prism.
Long before other car manufacturers moved from the humble hatchback to embrace the crossover craze, Suzuki had built a reputation on practical and capable off-roaders such as the Jimny and Vitara. Our test car, the S-Cross, is more soft crossover than chunky off-roader.

Is it a looker? Outside it has all the hallmarks of a robust car and comes with angular wheel arches and roof rails.

What’s the interior like? Slip behind the wheel and the high driving position allows for a good view of the road ahead. There are storage areas throughout and there are many features that will appeal to family buyers, including a well-shaped boot with 430 litres of space on offer, a rear-view camera and more airbags than passengers. The cabin is practical rather than plush. But the infotainment system is fiddly and I could certainly live without it. Some of the plastic fittings feel quite cheap and the driver’s seat doesn’t offer much in the way of support.

What does it drive like? The S-Cross is available with a punchy 1.4-litre petrol engine and 48V mild hybrid technology. You can choose between a manual six-speed gearbox or automatic transmission. Both options come with Boosterjet technology. While its not nearly as exciting as it sounds, it is Suzuki’s own development and is designed to improve fuel efficiency. Driving the manual version on a mix of urban and rural roads, the average economy achieved was around 46.2 mpg or 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres, so it proved thirstier than official figures suggest. On the road it is comfortable to drive, if a little forgettable, but to be fair there really is little to grumble about. The steering is light and makes parking a breeze. On the motorway it cruises with little wind, road or engine noise intruding into the cabin.

Not only is there room for five adults inside there is also a good 430 litres of luggage space too

How safe is it? Safety is also first rate and the car bristles with electronic safety systems including traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control with speed limiter, and seven airbags to keep you, the kids, the dog and the shopping supremely cocooned

What are my options? All S-Cross models come with LED headlamps (for low and high beam), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, keyless entry and start, dual-zone auto air-conditioning, heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors.

Will it break the bank? Prices for our test car, the 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid Motion with manual transmission, start from €29,365. The six-speed automatic transmission will set you back an extra €2,030. Direct rivals include the Hyundai Tucson (€35,595), Renault’s Kadjar (€33,750) the Nissan Qashqai (€34,600), the Peugeot 3008 (€39,460) and Seat’s Ateca (€33,660).

Verdict? The S-Cross is a good option with stylish design and keen pricing. While it falls short of Suzuki’s promise that all new cars come “with happiness as standard” it is a cheerful car and for families looking for something that is safe and solid there is much to recommend it. So maybe the “S” stands for “satisfactory”.

Alternatives?
Hyundai Tucson
Renault’s Kadjar
Nissan Qashqai
Peugeot 3008
Seat Ateca

 

Why you’ll buy one? Pricing, practical, pleasant

Why you won’t? Interior is a little dull and the infotainment system fiddly

 

Suzuki S-Cross 1.4 Boosterjet Mild Hybrid Motion
Starting Price: €29,365
Engine: 1.4-litre petrol Boosterjet mild hybrid (petrol hybrid)
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Co2/Motor Tax:120g/km (€190)
Economy: 5.3 litres/100km

 

For more information check out Suzuki.ie or the  Suzuki facebook page of follow on Twitter

 

 Geraldine Herbert

25th July 2022

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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