Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
Despite being a big car for its class, the S-Cross is excellent value for money. Indeed, some of the cheaper trim levels undercut certain small family hatchbacks.
When it comes to small SUVs, the S-Cross is cheaper than the equivalent Volkswagen T-Cross, even if you go for our favourite SZ-T trim. Just bear in mind that the Seat Arona tends to be one of the cheapest small SUVs if a monthly PCP deal is how you plan to pay.
Equipment, options and extras
Even entry-level SZ4 cars have lots of equipment. Appealing features such as 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, front and rear electric windows, a USB socket, Bluetooth and DAB radio are all standard.
However, we’d recommend spending a little more to buy the SZ-T. It has a lot more equipment, including more sophisticated automatic air-con, keyless entry, 17in alloy wheels and a rear parking camera.
The range-topping SZ5 is fitted with luxuries such as leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control and a better sound system. However, lavishly equipped though it is, its higher price doesn’t sit well with the S-Cross’s good-value appeal.
As a brand, Suzuki finished an impressive third out of 31 brands in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey.
All Suzukis come with a three-year/ 60,000-mile warranty. Furthermore, Suzuki has teamed up with the AA to provide UK and European breakdown cover from one year after purchase. There’s even a smartphone app you can use to call for help.
You can purchase three different levels of extended warranty, paid for in instalments, and with an excess limit you can choose to suit your pocket.
Safety and security
Every S-Cross comes with anti-lock brakes, stability control and two Isofix child seat mounting points. Disappointingly, though, you have to jump all the way up to top-spec SZ5 trim to get automatic emergency braking; you can’t add it as an option on lower trim levels.
There are seven airbags, including one to protect the driver’s knees. That helped the S-Cross gain the maximum five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests, although tests have become more thorough since the S-Cross was scrutinised in 2013.
Deadlocks and an immobiliser help guard against theft, but the results weren’t particularly encouraging when security experts at Thatcham Research ran its tests on the S-Cross. It scored well for its resistance to being driven away by a thief but poorly for its resistance to being broken into in the first place.