Suzuki SX4 S-Cross SUV: practical and large family crossover

What the motoring press is saying about the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross SUV

Suzuki SX4 S
(Image credit: Auto Express)

Price:£15,499 - £23,549

Pros: Good value for money, economical engines, large and flexible boot

Cons: Engines are noisy, cramped rear seats, dull styling

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4.4/5, Carbuyer "The new Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, which takes the place of the standard Suzuki SX4, now competes with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti. It's a large family crossover that comes with either two or four-wheel drive and a choice of 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines.The S-Cross feels like a Suzuki Swift inside, but quality isn't quite up to the standard of its European rivals. The S-Cross is available in three specifications – SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5 – with the mid-range model adding plenty of equipment to entice company-car buyers. We’d recommend the well equipped SZ-T model with the frugal 1.6-litre diesel engine. It's probably worth thinking twice whether you need the ALLGRIP four-wheel drive, as it's more expensive to buy and will increase fuel consumption.As with emissions, choosing four-wheel drive will reduce the economy figures somewhat. The car should prove cheap to insure too, although when you come to sell it on the second-hand market you may find that the S-Cross has lost a greater proportion of its value than many of its rivals. Suzuki doesn’t currently offer an all-inclusive servicing package, either, so there may be some large bills further up the road."

4/5, Auto Express "The steering is light but pleasingly accurate and the handling is very tidy for a car in this class. However, the same can't be said for the ride. Low speed bumps expose a lack of composure and the damping is just too firm for a family car."

4/5, Daily Telegraph "Surprisingly likeable, if dull-looking compact SUV. Comfy and roomy cabin, but not the last word in design. Good diesel engine and six-speed transmission, but petrol lacks punch."

3/5, What Car? "While it might be cheap, it's let down by its bumpy ride, limited rear headroom and cheap-feeling cabin. If you can find the extra, the Qashqai and Yeti are more rounded family cars."

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