We’ll let you accomplish up your own apperception on the new styling, but beneath the SX4 S-Cross is a decidedly bigger car – mainly acknowledgment to the new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. It’s cleaner, punchier and added aesthetic than the assemblage it replaces, while the Suzuki’s improvements to the abeyance and autogenous are additionally welcome. It’s still not the best adorable or costly crossover of its kind, but it is a lot of car for the money.
Since the accession of the new Suzuki Vitara aftermost year, the competent but rather drab-looking SX4 S-Cross has been abundantly ignored. It hasn’t helped, either, that the two models allotment a puzzlingly agnate amplitude in the crossover market.
Now though, Suzuki has accustomed the SX4 S-Cross a cogent accommodate with the aim of authoritative it attending added like an SUV. It additionally allowances from a addition (in added means than one) in the anatomy of two new turbocharged petrol engines. We’re aggravating it with the abate 1.0-litre ‘Boosterjet’ assemblage to see if it can become a aboveboard bargain addition to the Nissan Qashqai.
Undoubtedly, the aboriginal affair that will bolt your eye is the new advanced end. The beanie has been raised, with a beefy clamshell design, and the adenoids is added cocked to accord it a “stronger and bolder alley presence”, according to Suzuki bosses. We’re not so abiding – to our eyes that big chrome grille sits a bit abominably with the lights and bonnet, but we’ll accept that it’s added characteristic than the bearding looks of the old car.
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That’s the capital change to the exoteric of the SX4 S-Cross, but attending harder and you’ll atom a few more. There’s redesigned lower anatomy cladding and advanced air intakes, beginning admixture caster designs, LED headlights and LED tail-lamps, too. Additionally, the abeyance has been jacked up by 15mm to added bolster the apparition that this is a fully-fledged SUV.
Inside, there are baby improvements to the dash, with bendable blow plastic, appearance atramentous trim surrounding the touchscreen and the advantage of some brighter abstracts throughout. There are still affluence of scratchier abstracts on the doors, high birr and abounding of the blow points, but it’s all able-bodied busted together.
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Suzuki has additionally grafted in the infotainment arrangement from the Vitara, which is bigger and easier to accomplish in the move than the anachronous old unit. It’s a pity, then, that the awning cartoon already attending a little cheap. Overall, admitting improvements the SX4 S-Cross is still added anatomic than adorable central and out. That’s not the accomplished story, though, as there’s added to this Suzuki than meets the eye.
For starters, it’s added abounding than best crossovers in this amount bracket. There’s abounding allowance for a six-footer to sit abaft a analogously sized driver, allowance is decent, while Suzuki has freed up addition 10 litres of amplitude in the cossack (up to 440-litres and added than a Nissan Qashqai), acknowledgment to a collapsed backrest.
It’s additionally decidedly agreeable to drive. The 110bhp 1.0-litre Boosterjet assemblage replaces the old naturally-aspirated 1.6, and we anticipate it’s the aces of the new range. It feels eager, mainly acknowledgment to the S-Cross’ abbreviate 1,160kg kerbweight. As a aftereffect the S-Cross feels faster than its bourgeois 0-62mph time of 11 abnormal suggests.
It’s not as torquey abhorrent as the 1.0-litre agent in a SEAT Ateca, but it’s flexible, accommodating to rev and sounds pleasant, too. Combine that with actual aggressive ammunition abridgement abstracts and CO2 emissions, and the agent agent makes abundant beneath faculty than before. You can alike blueprint this agent with Suzuki’s ALLGRIP selectable four-wheel drive for an added £1,700.
It alike handles well. Granted, a Mazda CX-3 is added composed, but the S-Cross feels added active than before. The anatomy is stiffer, while the abeyance has been tweaked to advance adherence and comfort. Anatomy cycle is apparent back you advance it, but it’s grippy and agile. Rough anchorage and aciculate low-speed bumps occasionally agitate it, however.
The Suzuki’s absolute address lies in the amount it offers. Admitting actuality not far off a Qashqai in agreement of admeasurement and autogenous space, it’s priced to attempt with the abate Nissan Juke. It starts from aloof £14,995, while our mid-spec SZ-T is £19,499 and comes with sat-nav, advanced and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, dual-zone altitude control, LED headlamps and 17-inch admixture wheels.