First things first, the brand new Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is not a replacement for the existing Suzuki SX4. With the emphasis firmly on the S-Cross part of the name, this is in fact a family sized ‘crossover’.
This means it’s intended to be a more versatile alternative to a family hatchback – and, to a certain extent, medium-sized people carriers. As such it takes Suzuki into an area of the car market it has never competed in before, with the Suzuki S-Cross set to take the crossover class by storm.
The line-up is straightforward. There are four trim levels: entry SZ3, including alloy wheels and air conditioning; smart SZ4, which, with its enhanced exterior styling is likely to be the best-selling; business-orientated SZT, with sat-nav, Bluetooth and reversing camera; and range-topping SZ5, which features an enormous panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery.
Every version is available with a 120hp 1.6-litre petrol, while the SZT and SZ5 variants are also offered with a 120hp 1.6-litre turbodiesel. Both engines offer class-leading levels of efficiency. In fact, every version is at least one tax band lower than the nearest competitor, with the diesel emitting as little as 110g/km CO2 – meaning £35 annual car tax – and returning over 67mpg.
There’s also a choice of both front- and four-wheel drive – the latter a new ‘intelligent’ system with four switchable driving modes, drawing upon Suzuki’s extensive 4×4 expertise. A manual gearbox comes as standard, but the petrol is also offered with an optional CVT automatic.
In addition to being well-made and versatile – the Suzuki S-Cross’430-litre boot is bigger than the Nissan Qashqai’s, and there’s plenty of passenger legroom front and rear – the S-Cross is a fun car to drive. The engines are willing, and the chassis responds keenly to spirited cornering while proving both stable at motorway speeds and impressively supple over bumpy town centre surfaces.
There’s even enough ground clearance for some light off-roading, and the four-wheel drive Lock mode will certainly get you out of trouble in a muddy field. The Sport setting improves on-road handling, and there’s even a mode specifically for Snow. Auto takes care of you the rest of the time.
Overall the new Suzuki S-Cross has a real go-anywhere, do-anything feel – making it an ideal choice if you’ve got an action packed lifestyle. Or simply want to get the kids to school in comfortable crossover style.
Full prices will be revealed on 10 July 2013, but you can expect Suzuki’s typically strong value. The S-Cross is also the first Suzuki to benefit from extended 12,500-mile service intervals, making it even more affordable to run.
For more information on the new Suzuki S-Cross, drop into T W White & Sons’ sales centre in Effingham, Surrey – alternatively, contact a member of our sales team on 0844 539 6753.
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