Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (2013 – 2021) Review

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (2013 – 2021) At A Glance

4/5

+Good value for money. Handles well. Strong and economical 120PS 1.6 petrol engine. SZ4 is very well equipped.

-Rear head room isn't great. DCT transmission from 2015 to 2016 best avoided.

Insurance Groups are between 13–24
On average it achieves 92% of the official MPG figure

Squint at the Suzuki S-Cross and you’ll see a few similarities to the Nissan Qashqai. That’s not a huge surprise – the Nissan crossover is a bestseller and it was the benchmark against which the S-Cross was measured, and the model from which Suzuki hopes to steal some of the limelight.

Indeed it delivers the same sort of package as the Qashqai but it’s more keenly priced and offers lower running costs, so it’s one to add to shopping lists if you’re in the market for a crossover.

The neat styling gives the S-Cross a silhouette that looks like a halfway house between a regular hatchback and a chunky SUV. The cabin is practical and comes with all the creature comforts you’re likely to need, but plastics are a little on the hard side.

That said, soft-touch materials make an appearance on the dash – a welcome step up for Suzuki. Unfortunately rear headroom isn’t great, but for children it should be fine. All models are well equipped – even the entry-level SZ3 gets alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring and daytime running lights.

Two engines are offered – a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel – both of which produce 120PS. The diesel, however, produces a noticeably higher amount of torque and is more frugal, so if you’re a regular motorway driver then it’s the one to choose.

Not only that but its extra weight means steering feels more direct and the ride isn’t quite as bouncy as with the lighter petrol engine. If you want an automatic transmission then you’ll have to take the petrol, which is offered with a CVT as an option. It’s a very typical CVT that works best when driven gently and gets loud when pushed.

Real MPG average for a Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (2013 – 2021)

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Average performance

92%

Real MPG

31–80 mpg

MPGs submitted

282

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Why has my road tax gone up?
"We received a renewal for road tax of £145 for our Suzuki SX4 S-Cross. I have just been to the post office to renew my car tax VED and they have charged me £155. Is this right? "
This is correct, road tax VED increased on 1 April in line with inflation as part of the Spring Budget 2022. As a result, all standard petrol and diesel cars registered after 2017 now pay £165 per year, while hybrids pay £155: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/tax-insurance-and-warranties/2022-03/budget-2022-fuel-duty-cut-but-road-tax-set-to-increase/
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend an SUV with good fuel economy?
"I am looking for a good sized SUV with strong mpg. I really like the Hyundai Tucson but the 35mpg puts me off. As I am only doing daily short trips I'm not sure if a diesel option would be the best fit. I have between £15,000 and £18,000 to spend so I'm considering the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, which is a hybrid or Renault Kadjar. I am not a badge snob so happy to try a less common brand. What are your thoughts on getting good build quality and mpg? I'm happy to consider 2018 plates onwards."
Of the two cars you mention, the Suzuki will probably get the best real world fuel economy, but both these cars are mild hybrids that make nominal fuel savings of about 5mpg. For a significant saving, you'll be better off with a full hybrid such as the Toyota RAV4 – you don't plug it in, but its larger battery and motor mean it can travel for a few miles on electric power alone, unlike the Suzuki and Renault. Your budget will get you a 2016 RAV4 with highish miles, but Toyotas are know for their reliability and their hybrid systems are also very robust. It's a comfortable and practical car. Here's our review: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/rav4-2013/
Answered by Russell Campbell
Can I mix standard and all-season tyres?
"I'm thinking of replacing the standard tyres with all-season tyres on my Suzuki SX4 S-Cross All Grip. The front tyres need replacing soon, but the rear ones are good for another year or so. Is it OK to put all-season tyres on the front and leave the standard tyres on the rear until they are worn? In other words, is it OK to mix standard and all-season tyres? Thanks."
It is very unwise to mix all-season tyres with standard tyres. When grip conditions are low, the front of the car would have significantly more grip than the rear and this will destabilise the handling and possibly result in an accident.
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you get a crossover hybrid with a manual transmission?
"I'm looking to replace two cars with one. My wife loves her Nissan Qashqai and I need an estate type car. We would like to change to a petrol hybrid. Can you get a crossover hybrid with a manual transmission?"
You won't find a full hybrid crossover with a manual gearbox. There are some mild-hybrid models with a manual transmission, though – look at the new Hyundai Tucson or a Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross. These can't travel under electric power alone but do have a small battery and electric motor to provide a little electrical assistance and recuperate energy ordinarily lost under braking.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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