Suzuki S-Cross Review 2024
Suzuki S-Cross At A Glance
The Suzuki S-Cross is a no-nonsense family SUV that's keenly priced, generously equipped and offered with a gutsy mild-hybrid petrol engine and four-wheel drive. Is it worth considering as a cut-price rival to the Nissan Qashqai? Check out our 2022 Suzuki S-Cross review to find out.
The Suzuki range is an interesting but odd one in 2022. On the one hand you have the genuinely innovative Ignis and the loveable, popular Jimny, but at the other end of the scale there's the half-hearted rebadged Toyotas, the Swace and Across.
So where does the Suzuki S-Cross fit in? Well, thankfully it isn't just a Toyota with a different badge on the boot, it's a bespoke family SUV from the Japanese brand that's moved into a new generation.
At least, that's what we're told. In reality the new S-Cross is curiously identical in dimensions and profile to the old model, badged SX4 S-Cross. It's probably better to think of this as a heavy facelift of a car that, under the skin, is now the best part of a decade old. It's fresher-looking, sure, but we wouldn't call it attractive...
That's a bit of a worry when you've got a well-stocked arsenal of newer SUV rivals to choose from. There's the Nissan Qashqai and Vauxhall Grandland, for example, along with the Skoda Karoq, Volkswagen T-Roc and Toyota C-HR.
So why plump for the Suzuki? Well, check out the price. Yes, £25k hardly makes it a Dacia Duster, but for that you get a generous list of standard kit and a decently powerful engine with a mild-hybrid system. Even the fully-loaded model, which also gets four-wheel drive, is under £30k.
Granted, there are some compromises to be made. Despite a suite of new convenience and safety technology on-board the cabin does look pretty drab and dated, with plenty of hard black plastic, old-tech displays and even a manual handbrake, which isn't very 2022.
What's more, the engine is quite noisy while getting up to speed, and that raucous din is replaced by a fair bit of wind and road noise on the motorway. The handling isn't much to write home about, either.
Still, there's a nice honesty about it, with a simple and button-heavy interior layout, plus a pretty smooth ride, especially compared to high-spec rivals with big wheels. What's more, Suzuki has a strong reputation for reliability, and with a kerbweight a good 200kg less than most rivals it's pretty good on fuel. The four-wheel drive model should be pretty capable in the rough, too.
Overall, while there are certainly more polished and refined alternatives out there, there's some straightforward appeal to the humble Suzuki S-Cross.
Looking for the previous generation? You'll want our Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (2013-2021) review.