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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross review

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12 Dec 2015 09:40 | Last updated: 20 Sep 2018 10:47

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross hatchback running costs

If you buy an S-Cross in one of its entry-level trims, there are very few SUVs of its size that can compete with it on price. It’s even cheaper than some superminis.

However, even if you go for our favourite SZ-T trim and the more expensive diesel engine, the S-Cross is still markedly cheaper than the equivalent Skoda Yeti or Nissan Qashqai.

That said, the Suzuki can’t compete on running costs. It will lose more of its value over time and its engines emit more CO2, and use more fuel, than those in the Nissan Qashqai. Even so, its cheaper list prices make it a competitive option for company car buyers.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross hatchback equipment

Even entry-level SZ4 cars have lots of equipment. Attractive items such as 16in alloy wheels, air-con, 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 automatic air-con, keyless entry, 17in alloy wheels and a rear parking camera.

The range-topping SZ5 gets luxuries such as leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control and a better sound system. However, lavishly equipped though it is, it’s just too expensive for a car with the S-Cross’s middling image. What options there are fall under what you want rather than what you need.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross panoramic glass roof

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross hatchback reliability

Neither Suzuki nor the S-Cross were included in the latest round of our reliability surveys, but its rivals were.

Skoda itself scored an outstanding first place out of 25 manufacturers, and its Yeti second place in the small SUV category. Nissan and its Qashqai SUV both finished in the top half of their respective tables, too.

All Suzukis come with a three-year 60,000-mile warranty. Furthermore, from one year after purchase, Suzuki has teamed up with the AA to provide UK and European breakdown cover. There’s even a smart phone 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.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross hatchback safety and security

Every S-Cross comes with anti-lock brakes, stability control and emergency brake assist, which automatically applies maximum braking in an emergency.

There are seven airbags, including one to protect the driver’s knees, and two Isofix child seat-mounting points, too. The SX4 S-Cross was also awarded the maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.

An immobiliser and deadlocks help guard against theft. Security firm Thatcham Research has run its tests on the S-Cross and the results weren’t particularly encouraging. It scored well for its resistance to being driven away, but poorly for its resistance to being broken into in the first place.

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Verdict

The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is hard to beat when it comes to value for money.

  • Cheap to buy compared with rivals
  • Good levels of standard equipment
  • Handles neatly for an SUV
  • Rear head room is tight for tall adults
  • Ride quality trails the class best
  • Diesel engine is noisy
There are 3 trims available for the SX4 S-Cross hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
SZ4
This may be the entry-point of the range, but Suzuki hasn’t scrimped on standard equipment. You get 16in alloy wheels, air-con, front electric windows plus a touchscreen infotainment system with a...View trim
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We’d recommend opting for the SZ-T trim, as it gets the integrated sat-nav and media system, as well as automatic air-con, keyless entry, 17in alloy wheels and a rear parking camera. These upgrades...View trim
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This features lots of upmarket upgrades including leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control and a better sound system. It’s not an overly expensive upgrade but it’s not a necessar...View trim
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