Suzuki S-Cross Review 2024

Suzuki S-Cross At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Suzuki S-Cross feels like a family SUV of the old-school, despite its recent updates and mild-hybrid tech. If you don't need a glitzy look and a luxury feel the honest, good value S-Cross is a solid buy, but rivals are more refined and upmarket.

+Generous kit levels for the money. Punchy yet frugal petrol engine. Decent ride comfort.

-Unexciting design and old-fashioned cabin. Laggy infotainment. Lacks refinement.

On average it achieves 0% of the official MPG figure

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

Ask Honest John

What small 4x4 with a reversing camera should I buy?

"I need a small, reliable, automatic 4WD, preferably with a reversing camera. Do you have any suggestions?"
We'd recommend a Toyota Yaris Cross. It's an excellent hybrid SUV available with four-wheel drive and a reversing camera as standard. It's likely to be a very reliable choice, too. Alternatively, consider a Suzuki S-Cross.
Answered by Andrew Brady

Should I buy a Suzuki S-Cross?

"I have an old Ford Focus and I'm looking for new/used car. I am considering a newer Focus or Suzuki S-Cross, could you advise me if the S-Cross is a good buy compared to the Focus? It has to be automatic because of disability."
SUVs like the S-Cross are increasingly popular compared to conventional family hatchbacks like the Focus. Buyers like the feeling of safety provided by the higher seating position and the easy access (you slide into the driver's seat compared to down into it). The S-Cross is likely to be a very reliable choice that offers reasonable value for money. It might be worth looking at alternatives like the Skoda Karoq, Hyundai Tucson or Kia Sportage. The latest versions of the Hyundai and Kia are very impressive cars, rated for their reliability and offered with hybrid engines for low running costs.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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