Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Verdict Should you buy a Suzuki SX4 S-Cross?

With the previous model’s divisive styling tidied up by a facelift in 2016, the S-Cross now fits in much better among its rivals in the UK, visually at least. It’d be a stretch to describe it as derivative, but to some that will be a positive thing, as it still looks distinctive in a market full with almost identical boxy SUVs.

It also gained a boost in ride height, which doesn’t exactly transform the S-Cross into a hardcore off-roader, but does at least give it the raised driving position and higher rear seats for easier child seat instalment that buyers of this type of car are looking for.

The engine range is now pleasingly simple – there’s one multi-talented choice, and it will suit a great number of drivers thanks to its responsive performance at one end and economy potential at the other. You do still get the choice of two- and all-wheel drive, and we think the latter is worth it if you want to exploit the car’s characterful handling. We suspect those drivers may be in the minority, however.

In terms of pure practicality the S-Cross competes with much larger cars, certainly when you consider its large 430-litre boot and reclining rear seat backs that can either boost load capacity or passenger comfort. Spacious for four with five being a bit of a push, the S-Cross offers ample space for families with young children.

The interior does still hold this Suzuki back a bit – it’s perfectly functional but not as nice to look at, touch or use as a Skoda Karoq’s for example. That said, the materials it is constructed from feel very robust and should stand up well to daily use and abuse.

Spacious, practical, and surprisingly fun to drive, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is a real hidden gem among more obvious, kneejerk SUV choices.

Further reading:

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