Our cars: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - July

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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

See the full review of the Suzuki SX4 Cross

Week ending July 17
Mileage 6375
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
Mark.Pearson@whatcar.com



Week ending July 9

Mileage 6272
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.

Michele Hall
Michele.hall@haymarket.com


Week ending July 2

Mileage 6234
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.

Michele Hall
Michele.hall@haymarket.com

Our cars: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - June

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