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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross gets new heart as part of smart new facelift

PUBLISHED: 07:22 17 November 2016

Suzuki's facelifted SX4 S-Cross gets a more muscular look and new turbo petrol engines.

Suzuki's facelifted SX4 S-Cross gets a more muscular look and new turbo petrol engines.

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Suzuki's SX4 S-Cross crossover has grown up with a more muscular look and new engines so how does the new model drive?

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

What’s new?

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

Price: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross SZ-T 1.0 Boosterjet £19,499 (range £14,999 to £24,349)

Engine: 1.0-litre, 110bhp, three-cylinder turbo petrol

Transmission: Five-speed manual, driving front wheels

Performance: 0-62mph 11 seconds; top speed 112mph

MPG: 56.4 combined

CO2 emissions: 113g/km

This ‘new’ S-Cross is actually just a facelift, with the same basic underpinnings and bodywork as the quietly capable car launched in 2013.

It gets a more prominent nose and muscular look to the light clusters and bonnet, an updated interior with more tactile materials and an improved infotainment system from the Vitara.

You can also have the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine from the Vitara S, a fuel-sipping 1.6-litre turbo diesel or the impressive 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol BoosterJet from the Baleno hatchback.

Looks and image

The updated S-Cross aims to be more crossover-like which meant a total rethink of the front end. The drooping nose makes way for a taller, chunkier ‘face’ which meant a new grille and prominent chrome-lined snout with fresh headlights to allow for the bulging LED units of a recognisable light signature.

The ride height is raised 15mm – not much but the S-Cross look has gone from jacked-up hatchback to low-slung sport utility vehicles.

The cabin benefits from some new plastics and upgraded infotainment system but there’s still a relatively dull ambience although build quality is pretty good.

Space and practicality

The boot has grown 10 litres to 440 litres, so remains bigger than Skoda’s Yeti rival, but the fact this extra space has been freed up by the simple virtue of a folding backrest for the rear seats is a slight dampener.

The Suzuki loses out to the Skoda on cabin space with the well-packaged Yeti offering more rear headroom and just as much room for front passengers.

Behind the wheel

You don’t usually expect crossovers like this to be especially good to drive but the S-Cross is a very enjoyable steer. The driving position is high enough to be labelled ‘commanding’ but low enough to make sure the car doesn’t feel too large.

The controls have a pleasing weight, a light clutch makes urban driving a breeze and the steering feels meaty and precise. Combine that with well-contained body roll and it’s good fun on a flowing B-road.

The new entry-level 110bhp 1.0-litre engine is slightly less powerful than the 1.6-litre petrol unit it replaces but it’s more efficient and turbocharged so has similar performance. It potent and more refined once cruising than many rival three-pot units.

The 1.6-litre diesel engine, carried over from the old car, returns more than 60mpg but it is a little grumbly and unrefined.

All three engines are available with four-wheel drive.

Value for money

Value is a key pillar of the Suzuki brand and the S-Cross comes with a low £14,999 starting price and there are few small SUVS as spacious as the S-Cross.

If you want a fully-stocked car, you’ll need the mid-range SZ-T, expected to account for most sales, which costs £19,499. It’s a lot more than the SZ4 but you get climate control, a reversing camera and satellite navigation.

The £22,849 SZ5 adds leather seats and the choice of the 1.4-litre engine.

Who would buy one?

If you want a small crossover with bags of space and decent value you could do a worse than the S-Cross.

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