Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Simple but easy to use dash layout
  • Material upgrade in 2016
  • Comfortable but unexciting

Nestle behind the wheel of the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross and you’re not faced with the most exciting of dashboard layouts, but it is functional and straightforward in a way that reflects the car’s honesty and price point.

While the basic design was maintained for the 2016 facelift, a soft-touch panel was added to the main dashboard plane, while the surround for the multimedia display was switched for a glossy black affair that complemented the screen itself.

All the controls are logical in operation and location and feel robust enough to stand the test of time, although some of the plastic finishes feel as though they might be susceptible to becoming scratched. A couple of S-Crosses we sampled also felt as though the finish on the manual gearknobs was a bit rougher than ideal.

Establishing a comfortable driving position is easily achieved with a fine degree of adjustability for the seat and steering wheel, although even in its lowest position you feel like you’re sat high up. That’s par for the crossover course, though.

  • Comfortable front seats are supportive
  • Rear space is tight for three adults
  • Well-honed ride quality

One of the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross’s trump cards is its overall levels of comfort. Thanks to the high-rise, long-travel suspension and chunky side-walled tyres, it delivers a decent ride quality that is unfamiliar at this end of the market.

Its cabin isn’t the broadest in the class meaning that five-up it can feel like a game of motoring sardines on the back seat, but with four passengers on board the occupants will have few gripes.

The Suzuki’s seats are perfectly fine – top-spec ones are upholstered in leather, less senior trims with a monochrome fabric, but they offer fine support and a good range of adjustment. Only the front-centre armrest raises a significant degree of frustration, being set too low down and rearwards to be of use to anyone short of those with orang-utanesque upper limbs.

Exterior noise is satisfyingly hushed with little that’s disturbingly audible from the tyres or door mirrors as air rushes around them at speed. The engines themselves are subdued enough, save for the original 1.6-litre petrol paired with the CVT autobox – that one’s best avoided anyway.