Test - Suzuki SX4 S -Cross The Class Mate

The Class Mate

Sportiness and emotional appeal are not the favorite subjects of the new SX4 S-Cross. But Suzuki has the small SUV plugged in completely different performance classes, in which it is to be proved. Heard of the Japanese in the highly successful class of lifestyle runabout to the best in class?

Jack of all trades and nerds often find it difficult. And this applies not only essential for people. Thus, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross has since its launch last September found not too many friends and buyers in Germany until now. Why this is so and whether the SUV rather nerd, or at least is a class leader, is to clarify our test.

The SX4 Suzuki has twice in the program: The Classic ( = old model) and as S-Cross. The latter is the latest, released on the market last autumn generation. The new edition is distinguished with typical silhouette clearly than SUV. The front has become more muscular in comparison and the off-road make-up can cast it more robust. Its additional 15 inches in length stretch the Japanese not only, but also make it more spacious.

Thus, the S-Cross can score with his space before. Front as well as rear sit four adults in the five-door thanks to the wheelbase of 2.60 meters, comfortable and come with neither head nor knees. Even the trunk is ok, can accommodate 430 or a maximum of 1,270 liters of luggage. A Skoda Yeti for example, has up to 1,760 liters more to offer though. However, the Czech is also higher and falls significantly less dynamic. But with good mediocrity is a model student will not be satisfied: Due to the wide opening and the low loading sill also bulky items can easily push in and under the trunk cover is additional space for small items. Virtually the many storage compartments and nice details like cup holders in the rear center armrest or a handbag hook.

© Suzuki The interior is simple and kept the cockpit clear.   The interior is simple and kept the cockpit clear. The built in Hungarian Esztergon vehicle was built in a class appropriate mix of different, not always acting high quality plastics. For splashes of color in the dark gray interior, the well-read blue colored instruments and chrome colored applications give. The leather seats (if one selects the top equipment Comfort + ) are comfortable on long drives, and the two-way adjustable seat heater comes afloat in the aisles. Whilst it is even the rear rear seat back in the tilt adjustments, the front, however we would have liked more adjustment.

One recommendation is the panoramic sunroof that extends over a length of one meter and in the highest trim level comes as standard. Overall good prospects then. But how behaves the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross on the road?

At first glance, the data sheet of the test car does not sound particularly spectacular. But the 1.6 - liter turbo diesel with 88 kW/120 hp brings the over 1,300-pound car in a good shape. Especially in sports mode the S-Cross comes quickly into gear and also proves itself when overtaking on the motorway. If the small SUV mainly moves in the auto mode, he is content with an average of 5 liters of fuel.

Many paths can lead to the goal. Some of these are may sometimes paved bad. The suspension of the SX4 S-Cross spared the driver before too uncomfortable uneven surfaces and when driving also fast feedback. The manual six-speed transmission works very accurately. An alternative does not exist in the diesel anyway. Only the petrol engine, in which you be content with five courses must take, is alternatively supplied with continuously variable transmission CTV. Both engines are available with either front - or all-wheel drive, so make the Japanese on their proven competencies attention.

However, when an SUV off the road does not mean difficult terrain. Where is the gruff brother Jimny bold crashes in mud and slopes for many years, the SX4 S-Cross has to fit, simple but lacks the ground clearance. For a jungle adventure, it is therefore not sufficient, but he likes to battle through big city chaos. And that should be enough of the targeted consumer base anyway.

An important note is due to the vehicle price. Also in this category must put up with the comparison with his classmates the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross. The basic version of the Japanese costs with petrol engine 19,490 euros, making it more expensive than Opel Mokka, Skoda Yeti and Nissan Juke. However, cheaper than about the Mini Countryman ( 20,350 euros ). The relatively high starting price is justified somewhat by the generous feature set, which includes, among other things, an audio system and multifunction display, air conditioning, cruise control, heated seats and all round tinted windows.

How, then, now falls from the testimony of the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross? Does he like a little lost in the great mass of the diverse offerings in this segment, the SUV but does nothing really wrong. The S - Cross is a no-nonsense and practical car for people who do not necessarily want to attract attention with a fashionable lifestyle racer. But the little Japanese could still solve some special tasks. Because some now almost obligatory translucent driving assistance systems such as a blind-spot warning, there are not even in the top furnishings. There would then still a little tutoring attached.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - Specifications:

Five-door, five-seater mini SUV, Length: 4.30 meters Width: 1.76 meters Height: 1.58 meters Wheelbase: 2.60 meters   Boot capacity: 430-1269 liters   1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, 88 kW/120 hp, maximum torque: 320 Nm at 1,750 rev / min, Vmax 180 (175 ) km / h, 0-100 km / h in 12.0 ( 13.0 ) s ​​, average fuel consumption: 4,2 (4,4) l/100 km CO2 emissions: 110 (4 × 4 114 ) g / km, efficiency class: A, test consumption: 5 liters   Price: from 25,190 euros   (Values ​​in brackets: all-wheel drive )

The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, an underestimated functional and practical oriented everyday companion.