Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Review
The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross comes as a successor to the SX4 hatchback that was launched in 2005. Although it was originally announced as the next generation of Suzuki’s tried and tested hatchback, the S-Cross actually has nothing in common with its smaller predecessor. It owes its existence mostly to the recent trend that brought a bevy of stylish crossovers to the market. As far as proportions are concerned, the SX4 S-Cross is often compared to the immensely popular Nissan Qashqai, at least its first iteration. Apart from adopting Suzuki’s well-known 4×4 technology, it also boasts a large cargo capacity as well as two economical four-cylinder engines.
Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Features
The basic idea behind the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is to provide a proper family hauler that combines car practicality with off-road abilities. Although it lags behind some of the most stylish crossover SUVs in terms of exterior styling, Suzuki’s contender in this segment offers plenty of other qualities instead. Not only is it considerably cheaper than most of its rivals, it also comes with a comfortable cabin and an exciting driving experience. The cargo area measures 430 liters but it can easily reach 875 liters with the rear seats folded flat. This interesting crossover is also amply equipped, with such standard amenities as cruise control, climate control, start/stop system, steering wheel mounted stereo controls, Bluetooth, etc. The range-topping trim offers leather upholstery, automatic headlights and vipers, front parking sensors, a panoramic roof as well as LED running lights.
As for the engine range, it consists of one gasoline and one diesel 1.6-liter unit. While both engines produce 120 horsepower, the gasoline makes 156 Nm and the diesel 320 Nm of torque. When it comes to the available transmissions, the former comes paired with a five-speed manual gearbox and a CVT, whereas the latter gets a six-speed manual. Buyers will be able to choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions. Naturally, the most efficient S-Cross model is the 1.6-liter diesel with FWD and its fuel economy is estimated at 67.3 mpg. All models, except for the AWD gas-powered, emit less than 130g/km of CO2.
Competition and Pricing
The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross competes with the likes of the Skoda Yeti, Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Opel Mokka. What sets it apart from most of its rivals is the affordability. Namely, an entry-level S-Cross is several thousands of euros cheaper than a similarly spec’d Qashqai.