Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.6 DDiS SZ4
Week ending July 17
Miles driven this week 103
Approached without my glasses on, Michele’s white SX4 S-Cross looks remarkably like my white Qashqai.
This is not wholly surprising – they're roughly similar in size, and aimed at roughly the same sort of car buyer. The Qashqai I’ve come to know and admire, but my experience of the SX4 S-Cross has been more limited, and, although the Suzuki is cheaper and comparisons might be odious, I can’t help but compare the two.
Hopping into the S-Cross straight after the Qashqai it feels more compact, although for most families it’s probably spacious enough. The dark and hard plastics do feel a little cheap, though, especially compared with those in the more considered interior of the Qashqai. I found the central armrest intrusive, too, and I would have liked more rearward adjustment in the driver’s seat – Michele’s husband is a lankier fellow than me, so I must ask her how he copes with it.
Move away though, and the differences between the two become clearer. The diesel engine in the Suzuki is a gruff unit, noticeably noisier than the 1.5-litre engine in my car. Added to that, there’s more bounce and bang in the ride. To drive, it’s straightforward, but totally unrewarding, with a slightly agricultural feel.
The S-Cross might be good value, but to be honest I can’t think why you’d choose it over one of the cheaper Qashqais. I’m going to make sure I keep my glasses on when I approach our car park.
By Mark Pearson
Week ending July 9
Driven this week 38
Quiet moments are rare, especially driving around with two kids in tow. I've found one of the best times is sitting in the car wash – it seems to calm even the most chatty kids.
The noise and motion of the giant brushes doing their job soothes everyone to silence, albeit for only 10 minutes.
I'd been a bit sceptical of owning a white car at first, thinking it would show every speck of dust and water spot, but actually it's a bonus, because it gives us all a reason to pop to the car wash and grab a few minutes of peace and quiet.
Week ending July 2
Driven this week 42
I keep finding new things out about the SX4 S-Cross which I didn't know before, like the handy drink holders next to the gearstick.
Usually, it's just been a place to throw my keys or phone while driving, but this week I used it for what it was intended for: to hold a drink. My cappuccino fit perfectly in the slot and didn't wobble around at all, so there was no fear of spilling hot coffee.