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heycar review

      Launch year
      2013
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Family-friendly practicality with 4x4

Best bits

  • Well engineered, solidly built, option of four-wheel drive
  • Agile and good to drive
  • Perkey Boosterjet engines that are economical

Not so great

  • Rear headroom on the tight side
  • Not as practical as some rivals
  • The 1.6-litre only has a five-speed gearbox

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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Front Side View

Overall verdict

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Front Interior

On the inside

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Front View

Driving

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Side Rear View

How much does it cost to run

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Rear View

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"A convincing all-round package that marries practicality with decent engines and the option of all-wheel drive. It’s reasonably priced, quite well equipped and as easy to drive in town like any other standard hatchback or estate. The Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross covers most of the small hatch bases with clinical ease and throws in supreme quality to ruffle its rivals."

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Front Side View

It’s a case of ‘Honey, I shrunk the Nissan Qashqai’ with the Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross. So if you can see a few similarities, that’s no accident - Suzuki wanted its family-friendly SUV to have the same attributes as the car that is the nation’s best-selling crossover. And, to some extent, Suzuki has succeeded. The SX-4 S-Cross delivers the same sort of package as the Qashqai but it’s more keenly priced and offers lower running costs.


Which begs the question - why don’t you see more Suzuki SX-4 S-Crosses on the road and why is it still relatively rare on the used market when compared with something like a Nissan Qashqai or Ford Kuga? 


The answer is simple, really: It’s the Suzuki Vitara. This stalwart of the Suzuki range does everything that the SX-4 S-Cross does, but is slightly larger, slightly more practical, makes a better all-rounder and is better known. As a result, buyers in Suzuki showrooms have tended to plump for the Vitara, rather than the capable, but smaller SX-4 S-Cross.


And it’s great that Suzuki buyers are now spoilt for choice, as Suzuki has a long history of making rugged off-roaders, but it hasn’t always made family-friendly ones. The Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross falls firmly into the family-friendly category, with the choice of two or four-wheel drive in a car that’s similar in size to a Ford Focus.


That means the SX-4 S-Cross is equally at home in towns and cities as it is taking on rough and muddy tracks in the countryside. And, come winter, the SX-4 S-Cross comes into its own, confident and sure-footed with snow and ice. In this regard, SX4 S-Cross competes with the likes of the Renault Captur and Skoda Yeti as well as its own stablemate, Vitara.


Power comes from the choice of 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines in pre-facelift examples, while two turbocharged petrol engines - a 1.0 and 1.4 - were introduced in 2016 and replace the 1.6.


The diesel isn’t much to write home about. It’s a bit rough around the edges, both at idle and when accelerating, which is why you should opt for one of the petrol engines, which are smooth, even under heavy acceleration. The 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre turbocharged engines are great and much preferred over the older 1.6-litre. Both come with six-speed gearboxes, which means they have a bit more of a refined drive on the motorway over the 1.6-litre which only ever came with a five-speed transmission. That said, the 1.6-litre engine is eager and offers decent fuel consumption.


Where the SX-4 S-Cross really surprises is out on the road - it’s surprisingly good to drive. It’s nimble, agile and pleasing to drive, with responsive steering and well-controlled bodyroll. As you’d expect, grip is very good in Allgrip four-wheel drive versions. The only minor criticism with the way it drives is that the ride quality could be better. In keeping that bodyroll in check, the suspension has been firmed up. 


It’s a case of form over function inside. There’s nothing wrong with the SX-4 S-Cross’s interior, but it's a bit on the plain side and lacks much of the design flair that you’ll find in other small crossovers. For some buyers, that simplicity will be part of the appeal. Although mid-range SX-T models and above get an infotainment system, it’s not the speediest or most intuitive - it uses a touchscreen slider for volume, which can be tricky to use on the move.


A facelift came in late 2016. This made it look tougher, adding a distinctive chrome grille and a suite of styling changes, including raised suspension, chunky alloy wheels, new plastic cladding above the wheel arches and side skirts. It made the SX-4 S-Cross stand out more than ever, though these styling changes were not to everyone’s taste.


Ready to get your top quality Suzuki SX4 S Cross?

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Suzuki SX4 S Cross

1.0 Boosterjet SZ4 5dr

  • 2017
  • 12,741 miles
  • Bristol Street Motors Vauxhall Waltham Cross
  • Hertfordshire, EN87HG
Price:£9,449
PCP: £176.63/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £176.63, Customer Deposit: £1,417.00, Total Deposit: £1,417.35, Optional Final Payment: £3,516.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,666.40, Total Amount Payable: £11,115.40, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Suzuki SX4 S Cross

1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T 5dr Auto

  • 2017
  • 38,381 miles
  • Delgarth Motor Group Suzuki Milton Keynes
  • Buckinghamshire, MK125RS
Price:£9,890
PCP: £155.41/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £155.41, Customer Deposit: £1,483.00, Total Deposit: £1,483.50, Optional Final Payment: £4,535.88, Total Charge For Credit: £1,724.14, Total Amount Payable: £11,614.14, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 4.58%, Excess Mileage Charge: 14.9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross right for you?

There’s no shortage of alternatives to the Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross - indeed there’s even competition from within Suzuki’s own range of cars in the shape of the excellent Vitara. 


The two things to consider when weighing up whether an SX4 S-Cross could be for you are: How much space do you need and is four-wheel drive important to you. If you need more load area - whether it’s because you have a growing family or a hobby/business that requires room, then you may want to consider the larger Vitara. If space isn’t a concern, you for the SX-4 S-Cross, as it’s as easy to drive as any other regular hatchback. The same goes for four-wheel drive. If you don’t need it then there are plenty of other options to consider and it’s worth checking them out - particularly if an upmarket interior is important to you. this is one area where the SX-4 S-Cross falls down.


What’s the best Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross model/engine to choose?

The facelifted SX-4 - from late 2016 onwards - is the one to go for. Although this didn’t add much in the way of bells and whistles in terms of equipment and specification, it did introduce two very good turbocharged petrol engines: the 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre Boosterjets. These offer a tangible and noticeable difference over the previous 1.6, are great to drive and come with a six-speed manual gearbox, which makes life much easier on the motorway.


If budget allows, also consider the mild hybrids introduced from mid-2020 onwards. This is offered on the 1.4-litre Boosterjet and offers up to 20 per cent lower CO2 emissions, a greater level of pulling power from the engine and a 15% overall improvement in fuel consumption. It replaced the standard 1.4-litre with manual transmission in 2020.


What other cars are similar to the Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross?

The Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross is a size and shape that means everything from a Ford Focus hatchback to a Nissan Qashqai could be considered to be alternatives to it. Principally, the SX-4 S-Cross has rivals in the form of the Skoda Yeti, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008.


The most obvious rival for the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is the Nissan Qashqai, which feels a little more upmarket. But to get the same level of equipment it costs more appreciably more than the S-Cross.


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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Front Interior

On the inside

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Front View

Driving

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Side Rear View

How much does it cost to run

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Rear View

Prices, versions and specification