The SX4 S-Cross is Suzuki’s attempt to capitalise on the increasingly popular small SUV class. It sits at the lower end of the sector in terms of price but it manages to offer a slightly higher ride height than some rivals, a huge boot and lots of standard equipment. For a small SUV, it’s also good to drive. Lined up alongside its rivals, the S-Cross looks very cheap to buy, and considering how much standard equipment you get, it’s actually great value for money.
However, the S-Cross needs to stand out because it has tough competition in the forms of the Vauxhall Mokka, Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai.
There are two engines to choose from: a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol or a 1.6-litre turbodiesel. The S-Cross’s petrol engine is available with either a manual or an automatic gearbox, but both have the option of all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, there are four trim levels: SZ3, SZ4, SZ-T and range-topping SZ5.
Rear cabin space is tight for those approaching six-foot, while comfort levels are poor on bad road surfaces at low speeds (so town driving is a bit of a chore). The diesel, while relatively strong, is also quite unrefined.
For its modest diesel grunt, economy, excellent specification and decent price, our pick of the range is the 1.6 DDiS SZ4.