Suzuki S-Cross

suzuki-s-cross-motability-frontThe Suzuki S-Cross is a very good car, it is fun to drive and has all the bells and whistles but the competition are a little better looking and more desirable. We are not sure if the mid life upgrade with the raised chrome grill and new light cluster has improved things or given the S-Cross a sad retro Americana look and the interior is definitely a case of function over fashion. There is no doubt that the S-Cross is competing amongst tough foe, the Nissan Qashqai, the quirky yet loveable Skoda Yeti and the Kia Sportage to name but three. Its not all doom and gloom, the boot capacity of 430 litres is matched the Nissan Qashqai, and the intelligent ‘Allgrip’ four wheel drive system has received rave reviews.

 

 

suzuki-s-cross-motability-car-sideThe Suzuki S-Cross, to mobility drivers, is available in three trim levels, SZ4, SZ-T and SZ5, the Allgrip 4 wheel drive is only an option on the top two specs. The SZ4 is well equipped with Air conditioning, Cruise control, 7  inch touchscreen Media control with DAB radio and bluetooth, electrically controlled and headed door door mirrors and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The SZ-T adds to this 17 inch alloy wheels, silver roof rails, front fog lights, LED headlights and running lights, auto air conditioning, rear privacy glass, leather steering wheel, keyless entry and start, satellite navigation, rear parking camera with front and rear parking sensors and auto headlights with wipers. WOW! The top trim SZ-5 further adds, Leather seats, heated front seats, panoramic sunroof and adaptive cruise control.

 

 

suzuki-s-cross-motability-dashThree engines drive the S-Cross. First up is the tiny 1.0-litre that makes 111hp which is easily enough to propel the small crossover around at a decent lick. Despite the loss of capacity, this three-cylinder has more pulling power than the 1.6-litre four-cylinder it replaces. It’s cleaner and more frugal too, improving fuel consumption by 12% to 56.4mpg. Should you want more power there’s the 1.4-litre turbo that is 4 wheel drive only, making 140hp for 0-62mph in 10.2 seconds –  eight-tenths quicker than the 1.0-litre model. That might not sound like much, but in the real world, the added torque means fewer gear changes and more relaxing progress. Running costs should be low, too, with 50mpg fuel economy. The 1.6 litre 120bhp diesel offers excellent torque and is the more obvious choice despite the 0-62 time dropping to 12 seconds, economy from the 6 speed diesel is a claimed 68.8 miles per gallon as a 2 wheel drive car.

Prices are competitive for the lower spec cars with the petrol engine, starting at Nil Advance Payment, the diesel powered cars start at £1099 and are not a realistic option.

Spring Best Buy – Suzuki S-Cross 2 wheel drive 1.0 petrol SZ-T 5 speed manual   –  £199 Advance Payment (£60.65 wpms)

Spring Best Buy – Suzuki S-Cross 2 wheel drive 1.0 petrol SZ-T 6 speed Automatic   –  £499 Advance Payment (£62.67 wpms)

Spring Best Buy – Suzuki S-Cross 4 wheel drive 1.0 petrol SZ-T 5 speed Manual   –  £699 Advance Payment (£64.02 wpms)

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