Suzuki S-Cross 2014- Launch Review

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Suzuki S-Cross 2014: Review

Suzuki S-Cross GL, GLX and GLX

Local Launch


What we liked:

Light but body

Plenty of interior

Outstanding fuel efficiency

Not so

Not the cheapest in class

Hard plastics

No full-size spare

Suzuki finally offers a small crossover

In January will become the latest to enter the burgeoning small segment hitherto dominated by the Dualis, Hyundai ix35 and XV.

Based on an all-new and lighter that will also an ‘SUV’ sibling based on the concept, the S-Cross is Suzuki’s bona fide small ‘crossover hatch’, replacing the B-segment SX4.

It’s not the in the segment, but with a starting of just $22,990 (plus costs), plus outstanding economy, respectable performance, safety and plenty of space, a lot going for it.


by all measures

The S-Cross model is a simple affair, comprising one engine, two transmissions, two drivetrains and equipment grades.

Opening the is the entry-level GL, priced at $22,990 on-road costs) in base drive manual form.

It is as standard with Bluetooth cruise control, 16-inch wheels, manual air-conditioning, windows/mirrors, keyless entry, computer, a four-speaker audio with steering wheel and a reach/rake-adjustable steering wheel.

A CVT transmission with hill-hold costs $2500 extra but standard on all other models, the mid-range two-wheel drive GLX from $29,990 (plus and the all-wheel drive GLX ($32,990 ORCs).

Both GLX models add satellite-navigation via a colour touchscreen, a keyless starter, 17-inch alloys, HID headlights, automatic wipers, LED lamps, paddle shifters, climate-control, and rear parking

The top-grade model also silver instead of black rails, silver body mirror-mounted side indicators, an rear vision mirror, steering wheel, two rear three extra speakers and an audio input.

Priced at (plus ORCs), the top-shelf drive GLX Prestige adds seat trim and what claims is the world’s first sliding glass panoramic

Six exterior paint colours are Crystal Lime Metallic, White Pearl, Silky Metallic, Galactic Gray Cosmic Black Pearl and Bright Red.


efficiency thanks to less

Suzuki says the S-Cross class-leading fuel consumption, a power-to-weight ratio that its two closest rivals.

The secret to the small crossover’s efficiency is not its low-tech, low-output 86kW/156Nm four-cylinder petrol engine, but an platform that makes the 110kg lighter than the SX4 it replaces.

In base GL five-speed form, the S-Cross weighs 1085kg, increasing to 1125kg for the CVT (auto) version, and 1190kg for the GLX with all-wheel drive.

The is combined fuel consumption of 5.8L/100km for 2WD CVT models (down 7.3L/100km for the SX4 2WD) and 6.2L/100km for (down from 8.0L/100km).

importantly, that means the is more efficient that its C-segment passenger car and SUV rivals, the Toyota Corolla and Ford (6.6L/100km), Holden Cruze Hyundai i30 (7.1), Mitsubishi and Volkswagen Tiguan (7.3), Trax (7.6), Mitsubishi ASX and Mazda3 and Nissan Dualis

Aiding the new Suzuki’s efficiency is an with a lighter crankshaft, pistons, con-rods, exhaust radiator and fan, plus a new oil pump, lower idling and revised fuel pump, mounts and fuel cut-off

There’s also more use of high-tensile steel in its body is claimed to be 25 per cent more rigid) and a smoother roofline and covers, reducing aerodynamic from 0.40 to 0.33Cd.

the benchmark consumption, Suzuki its 76.4kW/tonne power-to-weight ratio that of the Trax (75.1) and (73.2), against which it was although the ASX tops the list at

The same lightweight platform and petrol engine (as well as a diesel with manual and CVT in about 12 months) will form the basis of a new Suzuki SUV on the iV-4 concept. which is built at Suzuki’s plant in

Eclipsing the SX4, the S-Cross 4300mm long, 1765mm 1575mm high (1580mm for the GL, has 5mm more ground clearance at and rides on a 2600mm wheelbase.

is electric power-assisted, braking is front and solid rear suspension is via MacPherson front and a torsion beam rear and towing capacity is 1200kg unbraked).

AWD versions come an improved four-mode all-wheel system called ALLGRIP, defaults to front-drive in its Auto and also offers Snow, and Lock modes.



Suzuki claims the S-Cross class-leading space, including cargo space of 1269 and a 430-litre boot (VDA) – than the Mitsubishi ASX (416 Nissan Dualis (410), Tiguan (395), Holden (356), Mazda3 (340), XV (310) and Toyota Corolla

The boot is augmented by a 60:40 rear seat and a false although there’s no full-size under it (just a space-saver) and the rear seatbelt retracts into the roof.

But there’s no there’s plenty of space in the back seat, with passengers afforded good and legroom, with the latter by 44mm to 814 and rear knee also up by 39mm over the


Top marks but no advanced aids

All S-Cross models well equipped with airbags (including twin front-side, side curtain and knee airbags), plus traction and stability control, brakes, electronic brake-force and brake assist.

Naturally, also five three-point five head restraints, seatbelt pretensioners and force-limiters, child seat anchor and two ISOFIX anchors.

Although a camera is fitted only the mid-range GLX level, the S-Cross a maximum five-star Euro safety rating, scoring 92 per for … protection, 80 per cent for protection, 72 per cent for pedestrian and 81 per cent for safety assist, its lack of advanced driver like low-speed collision lane departure warning and spot monitoring.


No of them, new and old

With a mechanically compact SUV due here next Suzuki will market the as a crossover hatch, but admits it compete with both hatchbacks and SUVs.

The former is Australia’s single sales segment and was most joined by the new Volkswagen Golf, Corolla, Hyundai i30 and (in February) Mazda3, while the latter has more new releases than any segment in recent times.

New SUVs include the Ford (from $20,790), Hyundai Series II (from $26,990), Trax (from $23,490), JUKE (from $21,990) and 2008 (from $21,990), existing stalwarts include the Nissan Dualis (from Mitsubishi ASX (from $24,990), Yeti (from $26,290), VW (from $28,490) and Subaru XV $28,490).

The S-Cross therefore the cheapest entrant in either but Suzuki believes its $22,990 price, sizeable interior and economy will easily at least 500 buyers a month – than the Trax, but only half that of the top-selling not to mention small hatches find more than homes monthly.

Suzuki the base S-Cross GL offers a (10.4-metre) turning circle the ASX and Dualis ST (10.6), and the Trax LS which is the only model of trio to also come a CD player.

It also points out unlike the Dualis Ti-L, ASX and Trax LTZ, HID headlights are as standard on the S-Cross GLX, also comes with climate-control (fitted only to the Ti-L), a driver’s knee (fitted only to the ASX Aspire) and (unavailable on Trax LTZ).


Surprisingly spritely, especially

It’s been a long since Suzuki has launched a new but the wait has been worth it.

Based on a lighter new platform will underpin a number of new-generation Suzuki models, the sets a number of new benchmarks in the compact SUV segment.

Belying its generic exterior and mild specs, the S-Cross is a roomy, performer that’s well and surprisingly efficient.

No, it won’t set the strip on fire, but the new 1.6-litre offers adequate performance at all and has no trouble hauling the SX4 replacement’s sub-1200kg kerb weight from the lights or up open-road

The CVT — standard on all but the base GL is one of the better ones around, and feeling less like a clutch than most but groaning when pushed

In contrast, the S-Cross chassis decidedly sporting, offering body control even bumps and a good compromise flat handling and a plush

Despite the low rolling resistance ‘eco’ tyres, there’s a amount of grip and the cabin well isolated from and wind noise.

The electric is light for our tastes and doesn’t Porsche levels of response or but firms up nicely at speed and is suited to trips to the shops and soccer.

Families will love the spacious interior, the back seat offering more head and leg room the SX4 and the boot swallowing more any other small SUV or hatch.

As expect, it’s made flexible by a 60:40 split-folding seat, while a clever floor hides a wide and compartment, under which a space-saver spare that instill confidence outside areas.

Nobody expects a sumptuous interior for under $23,000, but the soft surfaces in the S-Cross – GLX variants – are a strip across the the centre armrest and the door

The GL misses a host of equipment upstream models, but its manual old-fashioned key-start and non-display system present no real although the thin urethane wheel feels decidedly

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the outstanding fuel consumption, two cars we drove consuming 6.2L/100km despite a big dose of on the Great Ocean Road, and a returning a hybrid-like 5.0L/100km on an transport stage.

Equipped an automatic transmission, the S-Cross the cheapest car in its class at $25,500 $4000 more than the But the extra you’ll spend say, a Ford EcoSport be quickly recouped at the bowser.

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