The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The S-Cross’s steering wheel adjusts for both reach and rake, and every model provides driver’s seat height adjustment. The backrest is adjusted via a lever with a number of ‘steps’ and can’t provide such precise adjustment as the rotary adjustment wheels provided in many rivals. Electric seat adjustment isn’t offered on any S-Cross, even as an option.
The pedals line up nicely with the driver’s seat, and the seat itself provides enough bolster support in tight bends. However, it’s disappointing that lumbar support adjustment isn’t an option, let alone standard.
The dashboard is split into two sections; the upper part contains the radio (or sat-nav if fitted) while climate controls dominate the lower. All the buttons are big, clear and easy to use on the move. All versions have an armrest.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Thanks to the S-Cross’s tall, wide windscreen and slim front pillars, seeing forwards over the bonnet is easy. The generous front side windows help you see out at junctions and roundabouts, too. The view over your shoulder is good, thanks to rear pillars that aren’t particularly bulky and a good size rear windscreen. Front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera are standard on SZ-T and SZ5 models, but it’s disappointing that neither can be added to the entry-level SZ4.
Sat nav and infotainment
With a simple monochrome display flanked by two rotary dials and various menu buttons, the entry-level SZ4’s infotainment system is easy to get your head around. It incorporates a CD player, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and a USB socket; it plays through four speakers and can be controlled via a multi-function steering wheel.
SZ-T and SZ5 trim levels come with a colour touchscreen that adds sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the above features. While its connectivity is good, the graphics look dated and some of the menus are confusing. Factor in sluggish responses and it’s one of the least impressive infotainment systems in this class.
Given the S-Cross’s low prices, quality is about what you’d expect. It’s solidly built but feels quite downmarket in places. The top of its dash has a plasticky feel, but its face is pleasingly squishy. While there are plenty of chrome accents dotted about, it’s obvious that these surfaces are painted plastic, rather than the real thing. Better news is that the buttons and controls are nicely damped.