Our cars: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - June

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  •  Long-term review of the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.6 DDiS
  •  Compact crossover has been on the fleet since January
  •  Run by deputy art editor Michele Hall
  • 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 June 25
Mileage 6192
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
Michele.hall@whatcar.com

See the full review of the Suzuki SX4 Cross

Week ending June 20
Mileage 6158
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.

Michele Hall
michele.hall@haymarket.com

Week ending June 13
Mileage 6130
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.

Michele Hall
Michele.hall@haymarket.com


Week ending June 6

Mileage 6059
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

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