Suzuki S-Cross: The end of the road

  • We look back at five months in the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
  • Averaged 52.6mpg during more than 2,000 miles of driving
  • Homely, reliable feel, thanks to lack of fuss or flourish

The Suzuki SX4 S Cross caused a fair amount of head scratching when it first arrived in January.

Before I even turned the key (a figure of speech, as it has start button) I got stuck trying to work out whether it was an off-roader or a family hatchback. Also, why does the sunroof open to 56cm? And does a car like this really need a sport button?

Answers to those questions and more accumulated like pay-and-display car park stickers with miles spent behind the wheel of the S Cross, as did my admiration for this great all-rounder.

Despite early head-scratching I'm sad to see it go

This might sound like I’m damning it with faint praise but the S Cross does an awful lot of things rather well, despite none of them standing out.

A large boot and easy to locate ISOFIX mounts made family life on the weekend or a long trip to the seaside easy, as did its fuel economy, which averaged 52.6mpg during the five months it was here.

It proved capable and tenacious when driven off-road, and extremely confident in the snow and ice which made it a welcome winter-ally, especially after a tentative drive in Graeme’s beloved Fiesta ST on a frozen road.

Shortly before we conquered this hill

Although the four-wheel drive brought welcome grip it was never going to transform the S Cross into something I longed to drive on deserted B-Road, but given the opportunity it could perform outside its comfort zone very well, clinging hard onto the tarmac despite an early jab of throttle on the exit of a corner.

And as things warmed up, so did my opinion of the big panoramic roof, with its double sliding opening action, which meant you could get a blast of fresh air without ruining your passenger’s hair style. Or indulge in a spot of car park kite flying.

Not a common use for the roof but a use nonetheless

Most of all it was a homely and comfortable family car. It might not be as popular as a Nissan Qashqai, as eminently practical as a Skoda Yeti, or as stylish as a Renault Kadjar, but its fuss-free way of reliably transporting a variety of loads and passengers means it should be on your list if you’re shopping for a crossover.

Things I’ll miss

  • Big boot with its low loading lip and wide aperture that made loading a push chair so easy
  • Fuel economy which didn’t seem to be affected by driving style, and was always above 50mpg
  • The styling (yes, really) which made the S Cross stand out in a big car park
  • Top spec meant plenty of gadgets including super bright headlights

Things I won’t miss

  • Beeping noise every time you lock or unlock it
  • Low clutch biting-point often resulted in me stalling it in the office car park
  • Having to turn the radio on to access the rear-view camera
  • Keyless entry that I still don’t fully understand how to operate
Goodbye S Cross
Mileage: 8,932miles (2,083 during our stint) Economy: 52.6mpg (calculated)