Suzuki the latest to crossover with the SX4 S-Cross

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Japanese car manufacturer Suzuki is hoping to take on so-called compact crossover vehicles, such as the popular Nissan Qashqai and the award-winning Skoda Yeti, with its new SX4 S-Cross. Apparently, the company had planned to call the model the Aerio until it discovered that translated as “breaking wind” in Greek. So SX4 S-Cross it is, and the good news for Suzuki is that most of the journalists who have tried it agree that it is a desirable family runaround.

Looking good…

From the outside, the S-Cross looks a lot like the Qashqai. And like the Qashqai, it comes with a choice of a petrol engine for those looking for performance and a diesel engine for those more concerned with keeping running costs down. It’s quite a bit cheaper to buy, though. While the Qashqai starts at about £17,000, the SX4 S-Cross can cost under £15,000 on the road. According to What Car?, that’s the price of an entry-level SZ3 trim that includes alloy wheels, electric windows, cruise control and manual air-conditioning. You can, however, spend up to about £23,000 on one of the higher specification versions. These include SZ4, SZ-T and SZ5, the last two of which are available with ALLGRIP four-wheel drive and offer extras such as heated leather seats, sat-nav, reversing sensors and a huge sliding panoramic sun roof. Whichever one you go for, you will find the design modern and practical – if not game changing – both inside and out. The cabin, for example, is a big improvement on the last version of the SX4; the seats are a lot more comfortable and the boot has almost doubled in size to 430 litres.

There’s always a downside…

On the downside, however, there is still a certain lack of style, while the S-Cross is slightly shorter and narrower than most of its rivals, meaning it offers less interior space. This is particularly true when it comes to headroom in the back in models with the panoramic roof, which eats into the space. There is plenty of room up front, though, while the glass roof helps to create a bright and airy atmosphere in models that have it. According to reviewers, the Suzuki is also surprisingly agile and engaging behind the wheel and feels built to last. And anyone worried about reliability can take comfort in the fact that Suzuki is one of the few Japanese manufacturers that hasn't been affected by a major product recall in the last 12 months, and that both the engines on offer have a proven track record elsewhere in the Suzuki range. Other advantages of the S-Cross include that all but the petrol four-wheel-drive model produce less than 130g/km of CO2, while the front-wheel-drive diesel model has emissions of just 110g/km. All in all, it’s definitely worth a look if you are thinking of buying a compact crossover such as a Qashqai, a Yeti or a Kia Sportage.

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