Our cars: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - February

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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 1.6 DDiS SZ4

Week ending February 28
Mileage 4126
Driven this week 163 miles

Read the full Suzuki SX4 S-Cross review

A couple of months ago, I mentioned what appeared to be a glitch with the S-Cross when changing down gears - I had to come to an almost complete stop before changing down to first, to avoid the gearbox crunching its cogs.

This week, Suzuki took the car away to swap the existing gearbox oil for a slightly different grade. The result? So far, so good, although I'll keep you updated on how I get on next week.

By Michele Hall
Michele.Hall@haymarket.com

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.6 DDiS SZ4

Week ending February 14
Mileage 3963
Driven this week 36 miles

Read the full Suzuki SX4 S-Cross review

The recent wet weather means any trip out with the kids requires several footwear changes, and wellies are an essential item to put in the boot wherever we go.

To save on soggy socks and backache, the S-Cross has a brilliant adjustable boot floor, which means the boys can sit under the tailgate while I change them into their wellies. It certainly makes my life a lot easier!

By Michele Hall
Michele.hall@haymarket.com

Week ending February 7
Mileage 3927
Driven this week 103 miles

Read the full Suzuki SX4 S-Cross review

I'd been pretty disappointed with the first interim economy figure of only 24.9mpg after my first month driving the S-Cross. Some of my more experienced colleagues put it down to town driving, which I have to admit, has been the main use of the Suzuki for me so far.

So imagine my relief (and pride) when after my last trip trip to the petrol station, the latest figure worked out as 43.6mpg. I'd say a couple of recent motorway trips and lending it to a colleague with a 110-mile commute for a few days made all the difference.

We'll have to see if I can treat the S-Cross (and the kids) to a few days out over the upcoming half-term break to keep that figure up.

Michele Hall
Michele.hall@haymarket.com

Our cars: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - January

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