Slightly bigger than a Nissan Juke or Renault Captur, but slightly smaller than a Nissan Qashqai or Renault Kadjar, the Suzuki S-Cross sits right between the ultra-competitive crossover and small SUV classes. Perhaps straddling the gap between two popular segments in terms of size and equipment will help the Suzuki S-Cross appeal to buyers torn between the two - but will its grown-up looks work for, or against, it?
The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is one of the oldest offerings in the compact SUV segment and was first introduced in 2015. It was the first model to be retailed via the premium Nexa dealerships and was updated with a comprehensive facelift in 2017. The company has sold over 1.25 lakh units of. To make the Cross Sport, VW took its successful three-row Atlas SUV, ditched the third-row seating and added a more rakish roofline. It's a roomy and comfortable five-passenger midsize SUV that's. About Mainstream Hybrid SUVs Among SUVs, hybrid technology is no longer limited to premium models. Still, SUVs present unique challenges for fitting and packaging hybrid components such as battery.
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Good handling, a compelling price and decent levels of equipment all work in the S-Cross’s favour and the 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbocharged engine and 48V hybrid system delivers power smoothly and knocks 20 per cent off the car’s CO2 figure.
The S-Cross is the second-largest model in Suzuki’s fairly compact range of lifestyle-focused models, the largest being the Suzuki Across plug-in hybrid, which is a badge-engineered Toyota Rav4.
A toothy, chrome, grille adds a bit of bling to the otherwise sober exterior which looks more like a chunky, slightly jacked-up estate car than a full-blown SUV. On the interior the S-Cross is fairly understated too. There’s some silver-painted plastic around the cabin that looks cheap, but aside from those accents the cabin feels pretty well put together and of a decent, if not overly luxurious standard.© Provided by Edinburgh Evening News
Suzuki S-Cross SZTPrice: £23,999 (£24,499 as tested)Engine: 1.4-litre, four-cylinder, petrol with 48V mild hybridPower: 127bhpTorque: 173 ft lbTransmission: Six-speed manualTop speed: 118bhp0-62mph: 9.5 secondsEconomy: 50.1mpg CO2 emissions: 127 g/km
The seats are comfortable and the driving position is good. The material quality of the instruments themselves is pleasingly solid, although the trip computer position (next to the dials on the instrument panel) is awkward if you want to use it on the move - although you could argue that’s a safety feature, I suppose.
The graphics and interface on the touchscreen infotainment system are dated-looking but functional, although the reversing camera takes just half a second too long to appear on screen when you engage reverse gear. It’s not enough to cause you much delay, but it was enough that it was slightly irritating during the course of my one-week test. Slim A-pillars mean drivers have an excellent view of the road out front and for those opting for lower-specification models without the reversing camera, the view out the rear is pretty good also, assuming you aren’t transporting adult rear passengers.© Provided by Edinburgh Evening News
If you are, they might find it a bit of a squeeze depending on their height. While the legroom is fine, rear headroom is a little cramped due to a slightly sloping roof and a high rear bench, while middle passengers have to straddle quite a pronounced hump from the transmission tunnel down the centre of the cabin.
The boot is a decent size at 430 litres, which is bigger than you’ll find in a Nissan Juke, Skoda Kamiq or Renault Captur and on a par with the otherwise slightly larger Nissan Qashqai.
With 50 years experience specialising in off-road models (The S-Cross, like the Jimny, can trace its lineage back to the original Suzuki LJ which first hit the market in 1970), Suzuki is one of the few manufacturers in this segment that offers 4x4 across its range in the UK but our test car was the front-wheel drive SZT model.
The two-wheel drive configuration reduces CO2 emissions further compared with the all-wheel drive model - 127g/km from 139g/km - which means a reduction of £40 VED in your first year of driving but the same flat £135 per year thereafter. Even without the all-wheel drive system, the S-Cross feels very sure-footed through winding roads. There’s bags of grip and the power steering is light and feels precise, although there isn’t a great deal of feedback through the wheel itself.
Suzuki says the power output from the 127bhp four-pot is akin to what you’d get from a larger 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine. That may be true, but there are some fantastic small turbocharged engines out there and while the 1.4-litre unit feels enthusiastic enough at peak revs (5,500), it somehow doesn’t feel as gutsy as, for instance, Ford’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost. The flip side of that is the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine is smooth and very quiet in comparison, thanks to the extra cylinder.
There’s a lot to like about the S-Cross. It’s well equipped, drives well and has enough space that it’s a good bet for most families. Occupying the middle ground between two classes as it does, it is quite compelling on price when you compare it with ostensibly larger competitors. It scored 93 per cent and received a five-star safety rating when it was last tested by Euro NCAP in 2013, although the goalposts have moved somewhat since then. Suzuki also has a well-earned reputation for reliability in the UK.
There’s some stiff and quite glamorous competition in the crossover category with the likes of Ford’s stylish Puma entering the fray and an all-new Nissan Juke hitting the market last year and that’s before you look to the next segment up. A new engine, low running costs, a competitive price and space that can rival cars a class above could be enough to keep this refreshed, but ultimately seven-year-old model, relevant for a while yet.© Provided by Edinburgh Evening News
The 2021 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross was supposed to launch the third generation of the crossover. The nameplate succeeded the sedan with the same name. Now, the car is called Ciaz and the mini SUV took the name. Everything happened in 2013. The success of the crossover made Suzuki thinking about the move towards the US. However, reports say the vehicle for this part of the world will be called the Across.
The current generation of the S-Cross was introduced in 2013 and the crossover brought the first update in 2017. Now, we expected the third generation, but it seems that the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the premiere of the new series. So, the 2021 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross will be unchanged, with the same prices. The only new thing might be more markets that will Suzuki cover with this model.
2021 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Engines
The 2021 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross will cover European and Asian countries. The compact SUV is perfect both for city drive and off-road adventures. Under the hood of the SX4, we can find a few different configurations, including hybrids in some markets. Let’s start with the smallest displacements. That is a 1.0-liter Boosterjet I3. Suzuki joined forces with Fiat when they built the S-Cross for the first time. Although small, turbochargers help the powerplant achieve 110 hp. That is good for 0-60 mph acceleration in 11 seconds, while the top speed reaches 115 mph.
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A larger unit is a 1.4-liter four-pot, also turbocharged. In this case, buyers are getting 140 hp and 160 lb-ft of torque. The mild-hybrid system is added for the European version. However, the vehicle is not gaining power (10 hp drop), but it manages to achieve more twist (173 lb-ft). In Asia, we have similar configurations with a 1.5-liter mill. Also, an MHEV is available in India, while the base setup is reserved for Indonesia. Yet, a 1.6-liter engine is the biggest and the most used for all systems. 105 horsepower and 105 lb-ft are available with this selection.
There are also three diesel setups, but not all the markets are offering oil-burners. For Europe, that is a 1.6-liter turbodiesel with 120 hp and a max speed of 110 mph. In India, a 1.3-liter oil-burner is ready to deliver 90 hp, while the mild-hybrid version is available as well.
2021 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Changes
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The crossover is coming unchanged for the upcoming season. That means the 2021 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross will carry over all the problems buyers were complaining to. The interior is pretty comfortable, although the crossover is only 170 inches long. There is enough room for five passengers inside the cabin. Thanks to its size and weight, the fuel economy is also at a great level. The safety received a maximum rating by EURO NCAP.
The first downside is ground clearance. The driver could use extra space under the vehicle for an off-road drive. This way, the crossover is limited. Also, taller passengers will lack the legroom at the back. The fuel tank should be bigger. Yup, the fuel economy is extraordinary, but frequent visits to the gas stations are annoying.
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