Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.6 DDiS SZ4
Week ending June 25
Driven this week 34
After six months living with the SX4 S-Cross, I've perfected a lot of things - including parking!
From the tightest spots in the suburban residential roads where I live to the darkest corners of multi-storey car parks, I've managed to neatly and safely park 'Suzy' neatly and safely, all without the added benefit of parking sensors.
Given the choice all over again, and purely for back-up, of course, I would probably choose parking sensors as an option. At £261, including fitting by an authorised dealer, I think that's not a bad price to pay for perfection.
By Michele Hall
Week ending June 20
Driven this week 28
I'm glad my boys are big enough now to climb into and out of their seats on their own, although my little one, aged five, struggles sometimes to get in on the side his booster seat is on.
Why? Well while the elevated position of the SX-Cross might be great for me in front because I can see everything around, it makes harder work for little legs. He often gets in through the opposite door, just so he can clamber over and into his booster. All this is done much to the annoyance of his older brother, who has no qualms in reminding everyone he's too tall for a booster seat now.
Week ending June 13
Driven this week 71
After all the sunshine, sand and sea air of last week's update, I thought the S-Cross deserved a little bit of tlc, so I took it for a full valet.
The team of men who worked on her commented on what an easy-to-clean car it was, both inside and out.
I didn't tell them I'd already aired the removable boot floor the day before because it had started to smell a little bit fishy. After some investigation, I found a couple of stones had snuck their way into a little cubby hole in the boot, one complete with a limpet still on it!
Nevertheless, the S-Cross, or 'Suzy' as my boys have nicknamed her, emerged sparkling and smelling of the complimentary strawberry air freshener they gave me.
Week ending June 6
Driven this week 238
Half-term beckoned and so we took the S-Cross for its first 'proper' holiday to Dorset. Packed to the hilt with a week's worth of luggage to cope with anything the British weather could throw at us, plus plenty of seaside paraphernalia, the car didn't groan.
After a super-quick sprint down the motorway, we took a short ferry crossing over from Sandbanks and followed a windy narrow country road all the way to our holiday cottage.
It's amazing how versatile the S-Cross is, no matter whether it's having to pace down the motorway, nip through the high street or follow a windy narrow road. It was super-responsive, even at high speeds. Even when the Dorset hills and steep junctions appeared, the hill-hold function was great.
I'm finding it hard to fault the S-Cross at all – it served our family of four brilliantly for a week's holiday and we didn't have to fill up once.
By Michele Hall