Unlike many small and compact SUVs, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is also available with all-wheel drive. But how does the Japanese fare at the TÜV?
Handy and clear SUVs are popular. The Suzuki SX4 belongs to this category. It has been on the market with the suffix “S-Cross” since the end of 2013; its predecessor, the SX4, remained in the range until 2015 as “Classic”. The S-Cross is also available with all-wheel drive on request.
Body and interior
The SX4 S-Cross looks much more elongated and more muscular than its predecessor. The Japanese is less inconspicuous than before with its more dynamic lines, the pronounced wheel arches and the striking front section with the LED daytime running lights. The SUV measures 4,30 meters in length, 16 centimeters more than the first generation vehicles. Where the interior used to be tight, the occupants can now look forward to more airy space thanks to the 2,60 meter long wheelbase. The trunk volume has also increased significantly. With the S-Cross it is 430 liters; if you fold down the backrests, the value increases to 1.269 liters. The interior is kept simple, the plastics used are simple. Depending on the equipment, chrome-colored applications break up the dark gray plastic ambience. In 2016, the Japanese SUV received a facelift. The models appear more self-confident thanks to a higher, massive radiator grille. There is also an indicated underrun protection.
Motors and drive
There are two engines to choose from for the market launch. The 1,6 liter naturally aspirated petrol engine has an output of 88 kW / 120 hp and is factory-coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. Alternatively, a CVT transmission is available for the four-cylinder. The standard consumption is between 5,4 and 5,7 liters. The 1,6 diesel with 88 kW / 120 PS also has a manual six-speed gearbox on board. The diesel engine mobilizes a maximum torque of 320 Nm at 1.750 rpm and is content with an average of 4,4 liters. The SUV is delivered with front-wheel drive as standard. The Allgrip all-wheel drive system can be ordered as an option. It has four modes that can be set by the driver (Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock) and can be combined with both petrol and diesel engines.
With the facelift, the petrol engine previously offered will be removed from the range. The new basic engine is a 1,0 liter three-cylinder petrol engine with turbocharging and 82 kW / 111 PS. The manufacturer specifies the consumption as 5,0 liters. A 1,4-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine with 103 kW / 140 PS, which should require 5,4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, ranks above it. Both engines direct their power to the front wheels via manual transmissions, alternatively a six-speed automatic transmission is available for each. However, all-wheel drive is only available for the more powerful gasoline engine. In 2018, Suzuki will take the diesel from its range. Since 2020 there has only been a 1,4-liter turbo gasoline engine with 95 kW / 129 PS output, which is supported by an electric 48-volt starter generator with up to 10 kW / 14 PS when starting and accelerating.
Equipment and safety
The SX4 S-Cross is offered in the well-known Suzuki equipment lines Club, Comfort and Comfort +. The basic version “Club” offers air conditioning, cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free system, with “Comfort” LED headlights are added, for example, “Comfort +” comes with leather seats, emergency brake assist and a panoramic glass sliding roof. The range of assistants is clear; the vehicle achieved five stars in the NCAP crash test in 2013.
The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross does quite well in the TÜV main inspections. On average, it is above the results of all vehicles examined. Those interested in used cars should inspect the lighting system carefully and watch out for oil leakage. Brakes and chassis rarely give cause for complaint.
The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross has so far caused little annoyance at TÜV. Due to its external dimensions, the SUV is “suitable for the city” and also offers plenty of space. The prices on the used car portals start at around 8.000 euros for older models.