Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
Even though the Suzuki S-Class Hybrid is a big car for its class, it offers good 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 VW T-Cross even in our favourite SZ-T trim. The Seat Arona and Dacia Duster tend to be even more affordable than the S-Cross if you plan to take out a monthly PCP deal.
We haven’t had a chance to put the S-Cross through our True MPG tests but our time in an automatic version suggested that around 40mpg will be easily achievable, and the manual should do a little better. Emissions are competitive with petrol-powered rivals, including the Ford Puma (also a mild hybrid) and low list prices help make the S-Cross a very affordable company car. You can save a lot more on benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax by going for a full hybrid such as the Toyota C-HR, a plug-in hybrid such as the Renault Captur, or a pure electric alternative such as the Peugeot e-2008.
Equipment, options and extras
Even entry-level SZ4 cars have a good amount of equipment despite the rock-bottom price by class standards. Appealing features such as 16in alloy wheels, climate control, adaptive cruise control, front and rear electric windows, automatic lights and wipers, a USB socket, Bluetooth and DAB radio are all standard.
It’s well worth spending a little more to buy the SZ-T. It adds keyless entry, 17in alloy wheels, parking sensors and a reversing camera, classier-looking upholstery, leather steering wheel and that touchscreen system we’ve already mentioned.