Our cars: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - March

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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 March 28
Mileage 4540
Driven this week 212

Last weekend I spent a couple of days with our Suzuki SX4 for the first time.

I like small SUVs and this is one of the best I've tried. I especially like the interior, the simple dash layout and the higher driving position, which affords an excellent view out.

It makes huge sense as a family car too. I took a 200-mile trip four up and it coped with us and our luggage easily; the large, wide boot is especially useful.

Yes, the ride's a little firm but I wasn't going to argue with averaging 54mpg without trying too hard.

So my impressions are good. This is a fuss-free car that would grace any family driveway. I'll be asking to borrow it again.

By Stephen Hopkins
Stephen.Hopkins@whatcar.com


Week ending March 21

Mileage 4328
Driven this week 44

I've been trying to work out why our average MPG figure for this car has been so poor. Michele drives the Suzuki mostly in town, which is never good for economy, but she's been averaging mid-20s - that's appalling for a 1.6-litre diesel. Economy has improved to 43.6mpg on the motorway, but that's still not very good (my VW Golf 1.6 TDI gets more than 50mpg when cruising).

The Suzuki's engine stop-start system may be partly to blame. It seems very reluctant to cut the engine when you're pootling around town, even when the engine's up to temperature. I pushed the deactivation switch a couple of times to make sure it was set to 'on' but still couldn't get it to cut the engine when sitting at traffic lights. Colleagues report that it has worked for them on occasion, but I wonder if a software update is required at the first service.

I think there's another reason why the economy is so poor: the engine is surprisingly willing. It's all too easy to exceed 30mph in town, and the SX4 is no slouch on the motorway, either. I'm not suggesting for one minute that Michele is a speed freak, but the Suzuki is almost too eager for its own good. It feels quicker than my Golf, too, even though the on-paper figures suggest otherwise.

By Rob Keenan
Rob.Keenan@whatcar.com

See the full review of the Suzuki SX4 Cross

Week ending March 14
Mileage 4284
Driven this week 81

Now I’ve been living with the S-Cross for a few months, I’ve come to really appreciate a lot of things about it; the simplicity and clean looks of the car inside and out; the unfussy ease-to-use controls; the elevated height and driving position, but in particular the super big, super-practical boot.

I haven't had to think twice about what could fit inside the boot, and although I haven’t pushed it to the limit just yet I have managed to get in everything from giant sofa cushions to guitars and scooters.

The adjustable boot floor has proved useful for the kids to sit on while changing them into their wellies, and has allowed me to slide shopping bags and boxes of wine in and out with ease and without even the slightest bend of my back.

Michele Hall

Week ending March 7
Mileage 4203
Driven this week 77

After last week's gearbox oil change, driving the S-Cross has been a lot smoother, especially in the town-driving I tend to do with lots of small journeys.

I haven't been in my car much this week, as a What Car? reader featuring in an upcoming issue of the magazine borrowed the S-Cross to see how she liked it compared to a few of its rival small SUVs.

Unsurprisingly, her first impressions match what I already think: the S-Cross is spacious and comfortable and very enjoyable to drive, with a simple dashboard and easy-to-use controls. It'll be interesting to see how she compares the Suzuki to the others she tried out, so keep an eye out for the feature in a couple of months.

Michele Hall

Our cars: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - February

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