Our cars: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - September

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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

Week ending: September 25
Mileage: 8012
Miles driven this week: 45


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This week was a sad one in our house - two of our fish gave up the ghost, leaving only one behind. So I did what every right-minded parent would do - go and buy more. What I didn't realise was that we would leave the pet megastore with not only two more fish, but a couple of gerbils too!

The SX-Cross was a great pet transporter - the gerbils and their giant gerbilarium went in the boot, while the fish could be hung on the rear passenger coat hook, ensuring my little one could be close to his new friends for the journey home.

The cubby holes in the boot, which had previously been the perfect fit for a Happy Meal, now safely held the small pet carrier with our two gerbils. It meant there was no chance of them wobbling around on the drive home.

By Michele Hall
Michele.hall@haymarket.com




Week ending: September 18
Mileage: 7967
Miles driven this week: 81

The SX-Cross has had its first service at my local Suzuki service centre, Fultons in Ashford.

I'd been told on the phone that it shouldn't take longer than an hour and a half, but when I got there, they informed me there were a couple of cars still being worked on, so there might be a delay.

The waiting area was adequate, with comfy sofas, coffee machine and magazines to read (disappointingly not What Car? though), but after the first hour, I was beginning to get a bit bored. I had expected there would be wifi available, so I could do some work to while away the time, but no.

The staff were perfectly nice and clearly a bit embarrassed by the length of time it was taking, as they kept apologising – and after two hours in the garage the technician came out and said they were going to throw in a full valet and free screenwash to make up for the delay.

I had mentioned the crunchy gearlever when I booked it in, but the mechanics said they didn't find any issues on their road test.

The service cost just over £133, which didn't include an oil or filter change, although I was told to call them if I noticed the engine oil warning light at any time.

Stepping into a lovely clean car, it somehow felt different and I didn't experience any of the crunching on my drive back to work. My only gripe was having to spend half a day getting the car serviced - I think I would have preferred the offer of a loan car rather than the free screenwash for the time wasted.

By Michele Hall
Michele.Hall@haymarket.com




Week ending: September 11
Mileage: 7886
Miles driven this week: 63 

The SX-Cross is nearing the end of its run at What Car? and I have to admit, I'll be sad to see it go.

It's been a brilliant car for my family's needs and we've grown fond of 'Suzy' over the last year, especially my kids. I'm not sure what car is being lined up for my next long-termer, but I'm hoping it has as much character as the S-Cross.

On that note, a lot of car advertising gets it so wrong, but I think Suzuki has nailed the 'Have to have it' tagline on its adverts. One of my colleagues has asked to borrow my S-Cross this week, because he's considering buying one for his family of four.

It'll be interesting to see if he becomes one of the claimed 50% of people who buy one following a test drive.

Michele Hall
Michele.hall@haymarket.com




Week ending: September 4
Mileage: 7823
Miles driven this week: 46

I'm not sure if it's the colder mornings we've been having this week, but I've noticed a bit of crunching when I change down to first gear in the Suzuki. It's a problem I first noticed back in February.

The problem was resolved back then by changing the gearbox oil for a slightly higher grade and since then, it has been pretty smooth.

The SX-Cross goes in for its first service next week, so I'll have to see if they can do something about it then.

By Michele Hall
Michele.hall@haymarket.com

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