SUZUKI

SUZUKI SX4 S-CROSS HATCHBACK 1.4 Boosterjet 48V Hybrid SZ4 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2127 g/km

Suzuki's S-Cross compact SUV gains a sharper look and more equipment but otherwise continues as before, offering the brand's 48V mild hybrid tech courtesy of the company's 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine. The electrification claims to deliver a 20% running cost improvement. Plus there's plenty of space for a crossover of this size, lots of kit for the money and, unusually in this class, the option of a proper lockable 4WD system in the top version.

CROSS PURPOSEFUL

Suzuki's S-Cross now gets an extra slice of visual pizazz. Jonathan Crouch checks out the revised version.

Ten Second Review

Suzuki's S-Cross compact SUV gains a sharper look and more equipment but otherwise continues as before, offering the brand's 48V mild hybrid tech courtesy of the company's 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine. The electrification claims to deliver a 20% running cost improvement. Plus there's plenty of space for a crossover of this size, lots of kit for the money and, unusually in this class, the option of a proper lockable 4WD system in the top version.

Background

Suzuki must find it frustrating to see other brands doing so well in the thriving Crossover market. The Japanese maker has, after all, been offering products of this sort for some time, most notably the first generation SX4 model, originally launched way back in 2006, easily pre-dating the original Nissan Qashqai that most people think pioneered this class of car. That very first SX4 was a little too small, a little too shy and retiring and a little too poorly promoted to set the sales charts alight the way its Nissan competitor did, but Suzuki watched, learnt and came back fighting. As a result, in 2014 we got the SX4 S-Cross, a much more competitive proposition and a model that's gradually evolved. In 2020 it gained mild hybrid assistance for its 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine and in late 2021, the looks were facelifted too, creating the car we're going to look at here, a compact SUV but a particularly spacious and really quite efficient one.

Driving Experience

This revised S-Cross carries over the 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid 129hp petrol engine used on the pre-facelift model. You may be familiar with the way that mild hybrid engines work but just in case not, here's a quick re-cap. Basically, energy that would otherwise be lost when braking or cruising off-throttle is harvested via a kinetic energy recovery system and sent to a small lithium-ion battery that here has been placed beneath the front passenger seat. This is used to drive a belt-driven 'ISG' unit (an 'Integrated Starter/Generator') and power the engine's stop/start system. Suzuki's current 48-volt set-up can also deliver a couple of other important benefits. The first is something quite unusual amongst current mild hybrids - the ability for this car to idle and even coast on full-electric power, though only below 10mph. The other benefit here is something supposed to be now quite common amongst mild hybrid models - the ability to 'torque-fill' under acceleration to compensate for turbo lag. Which is just as well because this S-Cross Hybrid's 'K14D'-series engine was reduced in power a little when the MHEV tech was added to it, plus the car's electrified tech adds 65kgs of extra weight (in the case of the ALLGRIP 4WD version). But at the same time it gained 5Nm of torque (235Nm in total). The 62mph sprint takes 10.2 en route to 118mph. There's an auto gearbox option. And the brand's proper lockable ALLGRIP 4WD system is fitted to the top 'Ultra' variant.

Design and Build

Visually, the S-Cross has always looked rather dull, so the aesthetic changes made here will be welcomed by dealers, giving this SUV a bolder, more muscular design that enhances its presence with larger and more angular wheel arches and smooth flowing lines. The front design incorporates a raised bonnet line, a piano black front grille and new design 'three LED position' headlamps supposed to help portray a high centre of gravity. This theme continues at the rear with larger combination lamps that integrate horizontally with the rear centre garnish to emphasise a sense of width, in addition to roof rails and integrated rear spoiler. Otherwise, it's as you were. This car remains a mid-sized 'Qashqai'-class SUV that's a little larger than the norm, around 4,300mm in length. Inside, no changes have been made. Up front, it's an inoffensive but not unpleasant piece of design and the fixtures and fittings feel well screwed together from the Hungarian factory, although some of the materials are a bit scratchy. The centre-dash infotainment screen still has graphics that look a bit after-market but it certainly includes quite a lot, with sat nav and 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring as well as a DAB tuner and Bluetooth. The generous 2,600mm wheelbase length frees up plenty of interior room (the 430-litre boot is one of the biggest in the class) and there's very decent rear seat space too. Though the bench doesn't slide, the backrest reclines though a choice of two angles. The twin sunroofs of the top SZ5 model do rob a few centimetres of headroom though.

Market and Model

Pricing is quite a bit higher than it used to be for the S-Cross. The car is now priced at around £25,000 for the base 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid 'Motion' variant with manual transmission - and just under £30,000 for the 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid 'Ultra' ALLGRIP version, again with manual transmission. Six-speed automatic transmission is available optionally on both grades at £1,350. Standard equipment for the base 'Motion' model is comprehensive and includes seven airbags, 17-inch painted alloy wheels, three-signature LED projector headlamps for low and high beam, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, Traffic Sign Recognition, a Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control with a speed limiter, keyless entry and start, dual zone auto air conditioning, heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors. Moving up to top 'Ultra' spec adds 17-inch polished alloy wheels, leather seat upholstery, integrated on-board navigation, a panoramic sliding sunroof and further driver safety and convenience with the fitment of a 360 view camera. The S-Cross is available in a total of six different shades, of which one is a solid colour and five are optional metallic finishes.

Cost of Ownership

Suzuki reckons that the 48-volt mild hybrid tech has delivered improvements in fuel economy and emissions of up to 20%, though it's difficult to verify that claim with any real accuracy. The WLTP figures show a front-driven version of this model managing 53.2mpg and 120g/km, while the ALLGRIP 4WD version delivers 47.8mpg and 133g/km. It helps that this remains one of the lightest cars 8in the crossover class. Even the ALLGRIP variant weighs in at only 1,220kgs. This car's insurance group is 25D - or 26D for the SZ5 manual. Its BiK tax band is rated at 30% (or 32% for the ALLGRIP variant). An owner would be paying £165 of VED for the first year of ownership (£205 for the ALLGRIP) and £140 of VED from year 2 on. As with all Suzukis, this one is covered by a three year/60,000 mile warranty, plus a year of AA Suzuki Assistance, providing 24 hour UK and European roadside assistance, recovery and associated services. There's also a 12 year perforation warranty.

Summary

The S-Cross has long needed a bit of extra pavement presence - and gets it here. Otherwise, this model's attributes remain as before, namely its spacious cabin, potential for light off road exploits and the theoretical frugality of its mild hybrid Boosterjet engine. The prominent 'Hybrid' badging here might lead you to expect more efficiency benefits than are actually delivered, its effect on everyday running costs, though welcome, somewhat marginal. But every little helps and the 48-volt tech is certainly useful in the way it better assists with pulling power and allows for fully electrified progress below 10mph. Whether this and the visual update are together enough to make customers interested in the S-Cross who weren't before is more debateable. But it all gives this car extra selling points - and that's never a bad thing.

  • Electric front+rear windows
  • Front and rear intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing front wipers

  • Radar brake support system
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake assist
  • Hill hold control
  • Traction control

  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection

  • Speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Power assisted steering
  • Emergency stop signalling system

  • Engine auto start/stop system

  • Trip computer
  • Lights on warning
  • Tachometer
  • Information display

  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Door mirrors with indicator

  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • 4 speakers
  • USB connection
  • Radio/CD + MP3
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Silver roof rails
  • Chrome accent front grille
  • Wheel arch extensions
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Front/Rear and side under body trim - black

  • LED projector headlamps with low and high beam
  • Front fog lights with chrome surrounds
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear lights

  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Pollen filter

  • Centre console storage
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Luggage cover
  • Front centre armrest
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Removable boot floor
  • Front passenger side assist grip
  • Front and rear bottle holders
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • 12V socket in centre console and luggage area
  • Driver's side foot rest
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • Centre lower box
  • Rear assist grips x2
  • Luggage area shopping bag hook, net hook x 2

  • Centre lower console box lights
  • Centre cabin light
  • Luggage area lamp
  • Glovebox light
  • Front map light

  • Side airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • 3 Point ELR rear seat belts x3
  • Front 3 point ELR seatbelts with pretensioner and force limiter

  • Child seat tether anchorages x3
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • 2 Isofix seat anchors
  • Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
  • Passenger seat back pocket
  • Front headrests
  • Rear headrests

  • Alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Deadlocks
  • Key in reminder
  • Remote central door locking
  • Freewheeling key cylinders

  • Driver/front passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket holders

  • 16" alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 104
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 127

  • Engine Code: K14D
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 9.9:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 73
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 82
  • CC: 1373

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 43.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 55.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 57.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 44.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 50.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.7

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 25D
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 92
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 80
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 81
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 129
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: SZ4
  • Coin Description: Boosterjet 48V Hybrid
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: N
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 95
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 173
  • Engine Torque - NM: 235
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 129
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.5
  • Top Speed: 118
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 24

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/60 R16

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1585
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4300
  • Width: 1785
  • Wheelbase: 2600

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1220
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1785
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 47
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 430
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 400
  • Max. Loading Weight: 565
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 875
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £500
  • Pearlescent paint: £500

  • Metallic - Silky silver: £500
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £500

  • Pearl - Cosmic black: £500
  • Pearl - Energetic red: £500
  • Pearl - Sphere blue: £500

  • Solid - Superior White: £0

  • Fabric - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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