SUZUKI S-CROSS GLX
The crossover hatch is practical and compact, though the exterior styling can be a compromise. James Stanford appraises a safe and spacious pair
The S-Cross is reasonable value as a spacious crossover hatch. Check for drive-away deals, especially on the entry level GL model, which officially costs $22,990. The GLX is $29,990 as a front-driver or $32,990 AWD. It gets a stepless CVT auto, keyless entry and start, HID headlights, satnav, 6.1-inch touch creen, cruise control, 17-inch alloys and cloth seats. The warranty is three years/100,000km and capped price servicing is three years/100,000km. Resale value is 46 per cent.
The S-Cross‘s 1.6-litre four-cylinder is adequate if not athletic (86kw). The CVT might help economy (it claims 5.8L/100km) but the transmission does not seem all that well calibrated. Then there’s
the typical CVT slurring sound, which is not pleasant.
A compact crossover SUV is quite a challenge for designers and very few could be considered good looking. The S-Cross is certainly no stunner, with its tall and narrow look, dominated by a sloping bonnet and oversized headlights. The interior is neat but derivative. The GLX seems a little basic for the price and the rear seat base is flat and hard. There is a lot of cabin space with vast headroom. Vision is brilliant, especially thanks to extra windows in the windscreen-pillar.
It has six airbags, five-star safety and standard rear-view camera and rear sensors. The AWD option provides added surety on loose surfaces. Advanced safety tech such as emergency auto braking is not available.
It might be practical but the S-Cross is not inspiring to drive. The steering is poorly weighted and requires near constant correction. The body doesn’t feel well tied down either, so you don’t feel like pushing. This is a surprise because Suzuki can get it right with cars like the Kizashi and Swift, which are great fun to drive. The ride is comfortable though and the ample interior space is appreciated, as is the excellent vision