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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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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross hatchback driving position

The S-Cross’s steering wheel adjusts both for reach and rake, while every model gets driver’s seat height adjustment. The driver’s seat is adjusted manually using levers; one for leg room, one for height and one for the backrest. A lever for backrest adjustment is fine but not ideal, because it’s not as precise as a rotary wheel. Unfortunately, electric seats aren’t offered on any model, even as an option.

The pedals on manual and automatic models line up nicely with the driver’s seat, while the seat itself provides enough bolster support in tight bends. However, it’s disappointing that lumbar adjustment isn’t an option, let alone standard.

The dashboard is split into two sections; the upper part containing the radio (or sat-nav if fitted) and the lower, the climate controls. All the buttons are big and clear, so are easy to use on the move. All versions have an armrest.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross hatchback visibility

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 out at junctions and roundabouts, too. The view over the shoulder is good, thanks to rear pillars that aren’t particularly bulky and a rear screen that’s a good size. Front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera are standard on SZ-T and SZ5 models, but it’s disappointing that sensors front or back can’t be added to the entry-level SZ4.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross dashboard

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross hatchback infotainment

The entry-level SZ4 model comes with a basic system that’s easy to get your head around. It features a simple monochrome display flanked by two rotary dials and various menu buttons. A CD player, digital radio, four speakers, a USB socket, Bluetooth, and a multi-function steering wheel also come as standard.

SZ-T and SZ5 cars come with a colour touchscreen that includes all the above features in addition to sat-nav. The system itself is good, because its menus are easy to understand, and its screen is bright and responsive. Connecting you phone takes seconds

Ultimately, while impressive, the S-Cross’s more advanced infotainment still isn’t quite as slick as the touchscreen systems in rivals such as the Yeti and Qashqai. For example, in the Nissan’s case, mobile phone apps can be integrated.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross hatchback build quality

Given the S-Cross’s low prices, its quality is about right. It’s solidly built but feels quite low-rent in places. The top of the dash feels a little plasticky, but the large frontal area has a softer feel to it. The further down the trim levels you go, the cheaper and scratchier the plastics feel. There are plenty of chrome accents dotted about but it’s obvious these surfaces are painted plastic, rather than the real thing. Fortunately, the buttons and controls are nicely damped.

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