Richard Blackburn tested on the road and evaluated the Suzuki S-Cross Turbo 2016 with specifications, fuel consumption and judgment.
Suzuki’s S-Cross baby crossover is no longer a bargain basement proposal. The manufacturer sold the cheapest version of the S-Cross and replaced it with a much more expensive, turbocharged model presented as an alternative to its small Vitara SUV.
The S-Cross once cost between $ 22,990 and a new model, but the new model will start at $ 28,990. A better equipped version will cost $ 30,990.
That’s a big step forward, but Suzuki CEO Andrew Moore said the move is designed to appeal to older, more conservative buyers who want more equipment and aren’t sold on a model. More rugged SUV silhouette of Vitara.
About 95% of our sales are two-wheelers.
The new S-Cross has a visual makeup, with a bolder front grille, new alloy wheels and updated touchscreen infotainment settings. Gone, the 1.6-liter engine and the continuously variable gearbox are replaced by the standard 1.4-liter and six-speed automatic turbo engine from Vitara.
All-wheel-drive is no longer an option and Moore said S-Cross is more like a car.
He said about 95% of our sales are two-wheelers.
Sales have plummeted in recent years but Moore believes that S-Cross can sell 150-200 per month, complementing the total of 500-600 Vitara.
Competitors include Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V, both focusing on the city more than Vitara.
Standard equipment on S-Cross Turbo includes satnav, Apple CarPlay (but not Android Auto), seven airbags, cruise control, reversing camera and 17-inch alloy.
Prestigious Turbo models add keyless start and boot, rear parking sensors, partial leather seats and LED headlights.
Once you pass the new grille in the face and the hard plastic pieces in the cabin, the updated S-Cross is not without its charm.
The new touch screen looks more modern and the dial is clear and easy to read. The satnav standard puts it on par with the more expensive versions of the CX-3 and HR-V, while you can mirror your smartphone menu on the big screen – if you have an iPhone.
In a large oversight, Suzuki did not have the same functionality for Android users, despite the fact that they were the majority in Australia.
A digital speedo, rear air vents and automatic emergency brakes are other notable shortcomings, although they are balanced by leather seats and spacious head and legs in the back seat. Also welcome is a large rear loading area with a handy 12 V outlet and a false floor to keep valuables out of sight.
On the road
S-Cross is fun on the open road. It’s a light weight with a fairly low center of gravity for this kind of vehicle, which means it feels agile over corners.
Interesting elements are supported by direct and accurate steering and good grip from Continental tires. The suspension is often well controlled by bumps and ripples, although the ride can be jarring sometimes, depending on the surface.
Road back less perfect creates a bit of road noise and suspension.
The 1.4-liter turbo engine performs above average, with good off-label response and strong mid-range to overcome. On the highway, it feels more relaxed than many competitors, quietly going along low revs.
Around town, there are some low-throttle vibrations, because the six-speed gearbox keeps lower gears for better fuel economy. Auto may also be slightly jerky sometimes but the overall performance is above average for the class.
It also saves. We have achieved 5.5L / 100km on the freeway and about 10.0L in heavy city traffic.
At first glance, Suzuki’s decision to abandon the cheapest model and pursue the pinnacle of the mainstream children’s SUV market seems like a gamble.
But even at $ 30,000, Suzuki still has plus points – above average performance, stable road capabilities, generous equipment list and spacious, spacious cabin. It is worth shopping against segment leaders.