2023 Suzuki S-Cross evaluation | CarExpert

Suzuki has launched a closely upgraded model of the S-Cross small SUV, which turns into its new flagship providing above the Vitara.

The excellent replace brings a extra enticing and utterly new design, extra fashionable infotainment, and the corporate’s AllGrip all-wheel drive (AWD) system as commonplace.

The outgoing S-Cross was front-wheel drive (FWD) solely, like a lot of the category, however Suzuki is pushing this one as each extra succesful, and deserving of a premium value.

It enters the bustling small SUV market towards some very worthy small SUV opponents, however does it do sufficient to warrant extra consideration than its forgotten predecessor?

How much does the Suzuki S-Cross cost?

The AWD-only Suzuki S-Cross is substantially more expensive than the FWD-only old model – by between $10,000 and $12,500, in fact. The entry S-Cross costs $40,490 before on-road costs, climbing to $44,490 for the S-Cross Prestige.

To put this into context, a Kia Seltos with optional AWD costs between $37,290 and $42,700 before on-roads depending on spec grades, while the Mazda CX-30 with AWD fitted is priced between $39,690 to $47,690. The updated Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line AWD goes for $44,700.

The AWD-only Subaru XV is priced from $33,190 to $42,090, and the soon-to-launch Toyota Corolla Cross with a novel hybrid AWD opens at $42,250. Even the larger Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with all-paw traction goes for between $35,990 to $41,990.

Looked at from another perspective, a Hyundai Kona N, a proper performance SUV, costs less than $5000 more than the S-Cross Prestige at RRP.

All models bar the Subaru come cheaper with FWD too, and let’s be honest – these cars rarely leave tarmac. Relatively well-equipped this Suzuki S-Cross may be, but it’s not compelling value at RRP. Being sourced from Europe (Hungary) adds cost.

What is the Suzuki S-Cross like on the inside?

It’s immediately clear how Suzuki has kept the S-Cross’s weight down, with the doors feeling very light.

Base grades get fabric seats, and the Prestige adds leather accents on the bolsters. In both grades the seating movements are manual.

The steering wheel adjusts for rake and reach, and behind it sits two analogue gauges with a digital trip computer between – including a speedo.

You sit up good and excessive, providing you with a commanding street view, and the big home windows make the inside really feel brilliant and ethereal – particularly within the Status with its massive sunroof. Outboard visibility can also be glorious.

There are loads of carryover features to the inside, together with the local weather controls, wheel, door buttons, centre tunnel, and equipment shifter.

Fortunately Suzuki has up to date the infotainment system, and added some properly padded surfaces alongside the sprint – although the doorways and dash-top are nonetheless lined in more durable trims.

Flagship grades get a brand new 9.0-inch touchscreen with new software program, sat-nav, digital radio, wi-fi Apple CarPlay (and wired Android Auto), and a good 360-degree digicam with a vey slick rotating opening sequence.

It’s the perfect Suzuki infotainment system we’ve used thus far, but it surely doesn’t do something competitor methods from different manufacturers do.

Sadly, the entry S-Cross grade makes do with a smaller 7.0-inch touchscreen which downgrades you to wired Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and a rear-view digicam – although you continue to get embedded satellite tv for pc navigation.

You realize you’ve misplaced the 360 digicam within the basey, because the shortcut exhausting button within the Status is changed by a cheap-looking clean.

The entire structure may be very easy to function, and constructed to final. Nonetheless, none of it feels notably premium – which the value level may recommend.

The S-Cross is similar dimension because the previous one and makes use of the identical wheelbase, although appears might be deceiving.

That makes it 4305mm lengthy, 1785mm broad, 1585mm tall, and 2600mm between the wheels. That makes it a smidgen smaller than a Kia Seltos or Mitsubishi ASX.

Regardless of these compact dimensions, rear legroom and foot room is adult-friendly, though there are not any rear vents or USB factors – only a cupholder-armrest. Status grades with the sunroof provide restricted rear headroom, placing a dent in practicality.

Boot capability is 430 litres, increasing to a most 1230L with the again seats down, folded 60:40. There’s a two-level loading flooring, small storage tubs, and a 12V socket, plus a short lived spare wheel beneath.

What’s under the bonnet?

The drivetrain carries over unchanged: it’s a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol with power and torque outputs of 103kW and 220Nm respectively.

It runs through a variable AWD system with an available 50:50 locking mode, but which preferences the front tyres on tarmac.

The transmission is a six-speed torque-converter automatic.

Suzuki quotes a combined-cycle fuel consumption figure of 6.2 litres per 100km, equating to emissions of 145g/km.

How does the Suzuki S-Cross drive?

There’s a charm to the way the S-Cross drives.

One thing playing in the Suzuki’s favour is its light weight: just 1290kg in Prestige guise. For some context, that’s more than 100kg lighter than a Toyota Corolla hatchback.

Less weight means more performance, reduced fuel use, and more agile handling.

You sit up good and excessive and have good outboard imaginative and prescient, and on a winding street it feels keen to alter course in agile vogue, with very gentle but comparatively direct steering.

It additionally rides over pockmarked surfaces and filth roads fairly nicely, with its easy MacPherson strut entrance and torsion beam rear suspension setup having little bother maintaining issues composed.

Noise, vibration and harshness ranges felt fairly nicely contained, though our temporary introductory launch drive didn’t comprise a lot in the way in which of coarse-chip surfaces. Our take a look at automobile’s Continental Contact Eco 6 tyres are good high quality.

One factor to notice is that, whereas I discovered a fast stint on a well known piece of twisty street fairly enjoyable to barter within the S-Cross, the brakes rapidly confirmed extreme warmth retention – and I used to be not going above the pace restrict.

As a result of that little ‘BoosterJet’ engine has so little weight to lug about, it feels sprightly, with loads of low-down torque and a simple-but-effective torque-converter auto. There are paddle shifters, however they’re fabricated from cheap-feeling plastic and never all that ergonomically positioned.

An actual level of distinction is the AllGrip AWD system, which defaults to front-wheel drive in regular driving however can variably shuffle torque rearward when wanted. Deciding on Sports activities mode adjustments the throttle response and shift timing, although the steering feels no heftier.

Whereas clearance is restricted, the system’s low-grip Snow mode numbs the throttle and relaxes the ESP intervention, whereas its locking operate units the entrance to rear torque distribution to 50:50, serving to restrict wheel-spin on low-traction surfaces.

It’s completely succesful on a light-weight responsibility path, or a snow journey.

What do you get?

S-Cross highlights:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Roof rails
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen
  • Satellite-navigation
  • Reverse camera
  • Wired Apple CarPlay
  • Wired Android Auto
  • Digital radio
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Manual fabric seats

S-Cross Prestige adds

  • 17-inch polished alloy wheels
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 9.0-inch touchscreen
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay
  • 360-degree camera
  • Leather seat accents

Is the Suzuki S-Cross safe?

This updated S-Cross lacks an ANCAP crash rating for now. The old version had five stars, albeit with a 2013 date stamp.

Standard safety features include:

  • 6 airbags
  • ISOFIX x 2, top tethers x 3
  • AEB with Pedestrian, Cyclist detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control

How much does the Suzuki S-Cross cost to run?

Suzuki’s provides a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty with roadside assist and capped-price servicing.

The company hasn’t divulged service prices for the updated model, but for context the 2022 S-Cross with the same engine had capped servicing advertised at $329 for the first, third and fifth services, $429 for the second, and $529 for the fourth.

Intervals were annual or 10,000km, whichever comes first, and we’d expect the 2023 model to have a similar schedule. We’ve reached out to Suzuki to confirm this detail and will update the story when we know more.

CarExpert’s Take on the Suzuki S-Cross

The better-looking new Suzuki S-Cross is likeable in a distinctly ‘Suzuki’ way.

It’s low on frills but high on sensible touches, feels light on its feet and zippy, has some mild soft-road chops, is nice and airy on the inside, and offers more technology than other Suzukis do.

But it also doesn’t really stand out in any meaningful way above a long list of fierce competitors, and its interior feel and feature list don’t really live up to the price being asked.

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