Our cars: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - January

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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 January 31
Mileage 3824
Driven this week 29 miles

Read the full Suzuki SX4 S-Cross review

Having two boys of my own, I crave girly things. Although the Suzuki S-Cross is a bit burly and masculine on the road, it definitely has some feminine touches.

We're not talking dash-top vases for flowers or extra large vanity mirrors under the sun visors, but more so the lovely wheels. The upgraded 17-inch alloys on this S-Cross come with a pretty hefty price tag of £733, but just look at the elegant petals on these flower-like wheels!

By Michele Hall
Michele.Hall@haymarket.com

Week ending January 24
Mileage 3795
Driven this week 65 miles

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We've had a few frosty mornings this week and I've had to allow an extra 15 minutes to scrape the frost and clear the foggy windows.

However, even with the engine running for five minutes, I can't seem to get the windscreen to clear unless the car is actually moving. In the end, I've resorted to my trusted cloth to wipe it down just so I can pull out safely and start my day.

By Michele Hall
Michele.Hall@whatcar.com

Week ending January 17
Mileage 3730
Driven this week 304 miles

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After mostly being driven in town and on short trips, the Suzuki had a good stretch of its legs this week when my colleague, Stephen Hopkins borrowed it a few times.

His commute through Buckinghamshire takes in motorways and a few A-roads, so it was interesting to hear from him how it handled on the 110-mile round trip each day. He found the high seating position great for visibility and his six foot frame was more than comfy after a few adjustments to the driver's seat.

Steve also liked the simplicity of the dials and controls, and thought the ride very smooth, although a little noisy at higher speeds.

I'm taking the S-Cross to the south coast next week to visit family, so I'll have to see if I agree.

By Michele Hall
Michele.Hall@haymarket.com

Week ending January 10
Mileage 3426
Driven this week 284 miles

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It's the little things that make you love your car. It's usually a surprising solution to something insignificant to everyone else except you, and this is exactly what happened to me with the Suzuki this week.

It seems every time I take my boys to McDonalds, we always have to bring the Happy Meal boxes home, usually complete with a half-finished drink inside. The Suzuki has two perfectly-sized cubby holes in the boot to put these in, avoiding any Fanta spillages on our trip back. Brilliant!

By Michele Hall
Michele.Hall@haymarket.com

Week ending January 3
Mileage 3142
Driven this week 179 miles

Read the full Suzuki SX4 S-Cross review

I was excited at the prospect of driving our long-term Suzuki SX4 S-Cross even before I got behind the wheel. I’d seen it win a What Car? twin test against the Hyundai ix35 a couple of issues ago, where our road testers said it was 'a fine family car'. So, now that my family’s got to know the Suzuki over Christmas, do I think the same?

My two boys, aged seven and five, were in their car seats and belted up before I was even in the driver’s seat. So far, so good.

Once I’d positioned myself and adjusted the wheel so I was comfortable, I was impressed by how well I could see out of the car. I also loved the simple, uncluttered feel of the dash - all the controls seem to be where you’d expect and within easy reach.

It’s a little noisy on start up, but I’d expected that from a diesel. However, once we were off, I barely noticed the engine noise. I was even more impressed with how solid the car feels and, to me, the ride feels comfortable enough, even over the speed bumps on our road.

So far, I’m impressed. This is a practical family car, no doubt about it. I’m already looking forward to testing it out on some motorway trips to visit friends and family.

By Michele Hall
Michele.Hall@haymarket.com

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