SX4 S-Cross 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T
its new means business
chrome grille Suzukis revitalised
SX4 crossover has a surprise in store
for you a three-cylinder Boosterjet
engine thats more powerful than the
four-cylinder unit it has replaced...
FIRST REACTION? Well, you might think that three pots aren't enough
for a family SUV/Crossover. You needn't worry the direct-injection turbocharged
1.0-litre Boosterjet engine offers the same level of power and torque as a normally-aspirated
1.8-litre; in fact this new 988cc 'triple' serves up 9% more torque than the
1.6-litre petrol engine that previously powered the S-Cross, together with CO2
emissions that are 11% lower and fuel economy that's better by 10%.
All of which adds up to 109bhp and 125lb ft of torque, giving a top speed of
112mph and 0-62mph acceleration from standstill in 11 seconds. With an official
combined cycle economy of 56.4mpg and a real-life test average of 45.5mpg running
costs are going to be easily affordable; plus there's more good news financially
CO2 emissions of 113g/km mean no road tax to pay in the first
year and then only £30 from year two.
so you know, a more pokey 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine is also available and
kicks out 138bhp and 162lb ft from 1,500rpm. Diesel fans can choose a 1.6-litre
DDiS unit that offers class-leading emissions (106g/km) and 68.8mpg on the official
combined cycle. A six-speed automatic transmission (with a manual mode and steering
wheel shift-paddles) is optional on all three engines.
open the drivers
door and youll enter a
smart cabin well stocked
with kit and easy-to-live-
thankfully you wont
need to swot-up with the
handbook before you
can use it all.
The fascia is soft-touch
and the three-spoke
multifunctional, and its
leather rim satisfying
This new-look S-Cross is undeniably more distinctive thanks to its upright front-end
styling capped by a clamshell bonnet. Extra ground clearance is always useful
for off-roaders even if it's only another 15mm, as it is and which now takes
the S-Cross from 165 to 180mm.
New-design headlamps with curvy LED daytime running lights either side of the
standout chrome grille sharpen up the image even more as they
understand in Hollywood, a good nose makes all the difference! Polished 17-inch
alloy wheels, black wheelarch extensions and silver-finish sills and skid plates
further boost road presence.
Swing open the driver's door and you'll enter a smart cabin well stocked with
kit and easy-to-live-with ergonomics thankfully you won't need
to swot-up with the handbook before you can use it all. The fascia is soft-touch
and there's a tasteful smattering of chrome highlights and piano black finishing
plus the three-spoke wheel is usefully multifunction (media, speed limiter,
cruise control, and phone) and its leather rim satisfying to grip.
The smart fabric-upholstered seats both have height adjustment (and a fist-and-a-half
of headroom so that you can use it!) and bolstering that's fit for purpose;
they're also supportive on long trips and the driver can quickly set a commanding
driving position one that lets him/her see both front 'corners'
which makes for easy placing of the S-Cross on the road.
Ahead of the driver is a set of straightforward dials with blue perimeter bands
and white-on-black markings set either side of a multi-information display that
shows all the essential trip information. Night-time switchgear illumination
is eye-friendly red while the centrally-set infotainment touchscreen benefits
from sharp graphics and seven-figure postcode destination input to make using
the SatNav as easy as possible.
Look around and you'll spot plenty of family-sized storage solutions from open
storage bins and sturdy bottle-holding door pockets to a big glovebox and large
cupholders along with a deep box beneath the sliding centre armrest and an overhead
sunglasses holder. Solely for the driver, there's a traditional pull-up handbrake
(a long-time favourite despite the less tactile electric park brake buttons
that are relentlessly edging them out) and climate control switches that are
big enough to be used safely on the move.
a fistful of dollars (£14,999, actually) the entry-level Boosterjet SZ4 offers
a lot of car for the money. For a few dollars more (£19,499) you can buy the
mid-range SZ-T and that gets plenty more must-have items such as keyless entry
and start with an engine Start button, dual-zone automatic AirCon (including
a pollen filter), rear parking camera, front and rear parking distance sensors,
SatNav, and rear privacy glass.
room for five and
more than enough space
for their luggage too
back seats in use, the
S-Cross easily takes
430 litres (its
one of the
largest boots in its class).
Drop the 60:40-split
seatbacks and you have
a 875-litre loadbay...
You also get cruise control with speed limiter, multifunction steering wheel
controls, Bluetooth integrated audio unit with 4 speakers and 2 tweeters, DAB
digital radio, front and rear electric windows, electrically-adjustable, heated,
folding door mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto lights and wipes, rain-sensing
wipers, automatic LED projector headlamps (both low and high beam), automatic
headlamp levelling, LED daytime running lights, silver roof rails, and a set
of polished 17-inch alloy wheels.
All S-Cross models have achieved a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and are
equipped with seven airbags (front, side, curtain, and driver's knee), ABS with
EBD and Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Control, front
passenger airbag deactivation, height-adjustable front seatbelts, ISOFIX child
seat and child seat tether anchorages, childproof rear door locks, tyre pressure
monitoring, and an emergency tyre repair kit.
Those travelling in the back of the S-Cross can do so with more privacy courtesy
of the dark tinted glass beyond the B-pillars. They sit six or so inches higher
than those in front in well cushioned seats with nicely contoured backrests
and can choose from two recline settings: one is conducive to lounging; the
other more upright to maximise load-carrying by freeing-up an extra ten litres
of boot space. Although the roofline slopes noticeably down at the tail, rear
headroom hasn't been compromised surprisingly there's still a
full fist of it even sitting upright.
There's also generous space for feet and knees and a well padded centre armrest
with two built-in cupholders and outer armrests set at just the right level
for comfort, along with bottle holding door bins. All of which makes for a back
cabin that really is a relaxing place in which to spend long journeys.
Not only does the S-Cross offer decent room for five, but there's more than
enough space within its 4,300mm-long bodyshell for their luggage too
back seats in use, it will easily swallow a generous 430 litres (one of the
largest in its class). Drop the 60:40-split seatbacks the belts
stay neatly out of way when folding the rear seats and the boot
expands to a 875-litre loadbay.
too is a boot floor that can also be set high or low (several inches deeper);
at the top setting the boot floor is conveniently level with the load sill.
Naturally there are bag hooks and ample tie-down eyelets.
spite of the additional ride height, with its revised damper settings
the S-Cross is an honest handler body lean is well managed and
the steering is direct and it always feels composed even when pressing
on along demanding secondary roads...
The luggage cover is a rigid two-fold item that's notably hassle-free and actually
easier to manage than the usual roller blind. The tailgate self-lifts from partly
open and rises high so no ducking when you're loading. Good to see a rear wash-wipe
essential for all those days (and there're a lot of 'em) that
the UK is rained off.
Despite the off-road-capable look it helps that the S-Cross is more welterweight
than many a big butch 4x4, weighing in at just 1,160kg. And while four-wheel
drive is always good to have, and can be specified on all three S-Cross models,
the front-wheel drive versions have more than enough traction to go with their
SUV-esque body styles.
In spite of the additional ride height, with its revised damper settings the
S-Cross is an honest handler body lean is well managed and the
steering is direct and it always feels composed even when pressing on along
demanding secondary roads. Ride comfort, too, is good enough to ensure you won't
hear any whingeing from your passengers.
It might only have three cylinders but you don't have to wring out the 988cc
'triple' to get ahead. It's a refined and flexible performer, helped by peak
torque on call between 2,000 and 3,500rpm. Many will be pleasantly surprised
by just how quiet it can be pootling around town.
But it has a voice; and one you'll enjoy listening to stir the
slick-shifting five-speeder and work it hard and you'll be sure to hear its
delightfully thrummy growl; a trademark aural signature of three-pot engines.
At which point you'll be moving pretty quickly because it's willing to pull
from low down and keep on pulling until the rev-limiter calls time, which makes
its 0-62mph time feel notably quicker than eleven seconds.
The S-Cross Boosterjet's combination of light weight and an eager-beaver engine
makes for a fun driving experience. But drive sociably and you'll discover that
crossovers can be friends of the Earth too.
A practical and polished set of wheels for 'active lifestyle' families, Suzuki's
crossover delivers convenience and comfort for the whole family, be it for day-to-day
commuting or weekender trips with luggage. Kitted out to a degree that beats
the competition and available for sensible money, it's 'a sure thing'. ~ MotorBar
Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 11 seconds | Test Average 45.5mpg
Power: 109bhp | Torque: 125lb ft | CO2: 113g/km