Our cars: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - August

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  • Useful cupholders in the centre console are a good size, so hug drinks tightly

    Useful cupholders in the centre console are a good size, so hug drinks tightly

  • Perfect parking - but given her time again, Michele would still add the sensors for £261

    Perfect parking - but given her time again, Michele would still add the sensors for £261

  • Even shape meant the S-Cross was easy to clean

    Even shape meant the S-Cross was easy to clean

  • After a trip to the garden centre, Michele is impressed with our Suzuki's load lugging abilities

    After a trip to the garden centre, Michele is impressed with our Suzuki's load lugging abilities

  • Michele is frustrated with the S-Cross's complicated Bluetooth connection

    Michele is frustrated with the S-Cross's complicated Bluetooth connection

  • Topping up the SX4 S-Cross's windscreen washer fluid is child's play

    Topping up the SX4 S-Cross's windscreen washer fluid is child's play

  • A little bunched up with three in the back? Yes. But no complaints from the kids

    A little bunched up with three in the back? Yes. But no complaints from the kids

  • Senior sub-editor Rob thinks the S-Cross's engine is almost too punchy for its own good

    Senior sub-editor Rob thinks the S-Cross's engine is almost too punchy for its own good

  • Michele's kids can perch on the adjustable boot floor so that wellies can be put on and taken off easily

    Michele's kids can perch on the adjustable boot floor so that wellies can be put on and taken off easily

  • Longer journeys in the diesel Suzuki have helped lift our average economy figure

    Longer journeys in the diesel Suzuki have helped lift our average economy figure

  • Michele loves the elegant 'petals' on the upgraded 17-inch flower-like alloy wheels

    Michele loves the elegant 'petals' on the upgraded 17-inch flower-like alloy wheels

  • The Suzuki's frosted windscreen never seems to fully clear unless the car is thoroughly warmed up after driving

    The Suzuki's frosted windscreen never seems to fully clear unless the car is thoroughly warmed up after driving

  • Cubby holes in S-Cross's boot are perfect size for part-finished Happy Meals

    Cubby holes in S-Cross's boot are perfect size for part-finished Happy Meals

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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

Week ending: August 28
Mileage: 7777
Miles driven this week: 41

Read the full Suzuki SX4 S-Cross review

It's always a bit alarming when you're driving along and suddenly an alert comes up on your dash. Alert! Alert! 'Low Tyre Pressure' it flashed at me, with an alternating diagram of the SX-Cross and a lot of numbers.

Rather than stop, I carried on to work, where I consulted the car's manual. It seemed that all the tyres were low, and needed a bit of air. After consulting the recommended guidelines on what pressure each tyre needed to be, and along with the help of colleague, Barnaby Jones and his foot pump, we got the Suzuki's tyres back in shape.

A quick drive round the block and the alert disappeared within a couple of minutes, so I'm assuming we did it correctly.

Michele Hall
Michele.hall@whatcar.com



Week ending: August 21

Mileage: 7659
Miles driven this week: 50

A couple of long journeys to visit relatives for the bank holiday weekend are looming, so I need to start thinking of ways to keep the kids entertained on the way.

Playing games or watching films on individual iPads or tablets seems to bring on car sickness, but for some reason having one tablet mounted on the upright armrest between the front seats seems to be the solution.

The Joby GorrilaMobile Yogi for iPads might have a silly name, but for just over £30 it's worth every penny. Its bendy arms allow it to be positioned and angled easily, and it grips onto the armrest tightly.

I don't actually make much use of the arm rest when driving, so I don't miss it. Plus it means the boys can watch Despicable Me 2 to their heart's content and I can have some peace and quiet on the way.

The iPad can easily plug into the USB slot inside the armrest at the same time, so there's no chance of it running out of charge. Brilliant!

Michele Hall
Michele.hall@haymarket.com



Week ending: August 14
Mileage: 7609
Miles driven this week: 387

A two week family holiday in France has managed to rack up over 1200 miles in the Suzuki. I can’t really fault the car – it handled every kind of road with ease, from the narrow country lanes to the big motorways.

I was grateful for having opted for a diesel engine for the SX-Cross, as filling up with "gazole" was so cheap - around 1.27 Euros, or just over £1 per litre, meant I was getting an average MPG of 67.3, which is the best I've managed so far in 9 months and is just ahead of the official figure of 67.2 MPG.

Michele Hall
Michele.hall@haymarket.com



Week ending: August 8
Mileage: 7222
Miles driven this week: 84


It was our first proper holiday abroad with the Suzuki, which was packed to the hilt with everything our family of four could possibly need for two weeks in France.

We headed for our ferry to Caen courtesy of Brittany Ferries. That bit really was plain sailing - our only difficulty came at the other end when we had to decipher the instruction manual for placing the stickers on the headlights to make us legal to drive in France. After a Blue-Peter style attempt at cutting out pieces of paper as templates, then cutting the actual stickers, I had to bring a tape measure to position them just so on the headlights.

I think I would have been happier with a little switch inside the SX-Cross which could easily 'flip' the lights to point the correct way, but so far the gendarmerie haven't pulled us up on it.

By Michele Hall
Michele.Hall@whatcar.com

Our cars: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - July

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