Now, just over three years later, this major face lifted model has been introduced with a more distinctive and upright front end styling, along with a stronger and bolder road presence, slightly higher ground clearance and newly designed headlamps which all help provide a much sharper look. Also at the rear, newly designed LED rear combination lamps are used to provide a cleaner and more contemporary style.
Power and Efficiency
The1.4-litre140PS Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC) petrol engine is actually very compact and offers 220Nm of torque. Max speed comes in at around124mph and it will do 0-62mph in10.2 seconds. I also managed a combined fuel consumption of 48.2mpg.
Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system is available on SZ-T and SZ5 models, which gives you four driver-selectable modes for safe, enjoyable driving on variety of surfaces. You could also argue that four-wheel drive impacts on fuel efficiency – but Suzuki tells me that the ALLGRIP system enables CO2 emissions to be remarkably low for a four-wheel drive SUV.
On the Road
I happen to like the way the S-Cross feels on the road. The steering is a little on the light side and it lacks in feel, but I am being very picky here as most people won’t really notice this when using it day to day. The suspension is good and it gives you a decent ride, even when fully loaded. Also, the Suzuki happily gets a move on when the need arises and on the motorway it was reasonably quiet at high speed.
The Suzuki ALL-GRiP system incorporates feed forward control that anticipates slippage based on road surface, throttle position, steering angle and other factors. So rather than reacting after grip is lost – it controls the vehicle to prevent grip being lost which results in greater stability.
Design and Technology
Some of the standard features fitted to the SZ-5 model I had on test included; ALLGRIP 4 wheel drive system, ABS with EBD & Brake Assist, ESP, Hill Hold Control, 7 airbags (driver, front passenger, side, curtain & driver’s knee) DAB digital radio with USB socket and steering wheel controls, Navigation system, 4 speakers & 2 tweeters, Bluetooth integrated audio unit, Engine Auto Stop Start system Front & rear parking distance sensors, Rear parking camera, Cruise control with speed limiter, Dual zone automatic air conditioning, LED daytime running lights and 17” Alloy wheels (polished).
To Sum Up
The S-Cross is a decent car that does exactly what you need it to do. Also, when you need it to move your family and their belongings around – it can easily become the load slugger you need it to be with very little effort. Plus, all Suzuki models are covered by a three-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, one year AA Suzuki Assistance, providing 24-hour UK and European roadside assistance, recovery and associated services. Price from: £24,849 By Anthony Yates