SX4 S-Cross 1.4 Boosterjet SZ5 4x4 Auto
140bhp 1.4-litre Boosterjet spec
and equipped with 4WD and an
makes the perfect all-round,
package for those who
gears slickly selected for
them both on and off road...
THE PETROL-DRINKING BOOSTERJET, in 1.4-litre guise, punches out 138bhp
and although the autobox does a perfectly fine job when left to get on with
changing gears by itself, you can still use the paddle-shifters on the steering
wheel whenever you feel like making some manual interventions.
These latest-generation S-Cross models give off noticeably more street cred
higher riding (ground clearance is now 180mm) and with more standout
front-end styling from a stylish clamshell-style bonnet and an imposing, vertically-barred
chrome grille. Adding emphasis to the more forceful new nose are shapely LED
projector headlamps with curvy LED daytime running lights. Black wheelarch protectors
and silver-finish sills and skid plates combine with polished 17-inch alloys
to further pump up the S-Cross's sporty look.
to Suzuki's mid-sized five-seating Crossover couldn't be easier with keyless
entry climb aboard and you'll find yourself in a well-equipped cabin
made better by straightforward ergonomics and intuitive switchgear and infotainment
does a perfectly fine job
when left to get on with
changing gears by itself,
you can still use the
paddle-shifters on the
steering wheel whenever
you feel like
making some manual
The fascia is nicely tactile with soft-touch finishing while there's enough
but not too much in the way of chrome highlights and high-end
piano black trim. The cabin ambiance is boosted no end by the one-shot, powered,
double panoramic glass sunroof it boasts one of the largest opening areas
in its category (560mm), and opens to way back past the front headrests.
No problem, either, if you're driving under the hole in the ozone layer
a quick finger-press on the button automatically closes the opaque inner sunshade
for safe, glare-free light. The sporty three-spoker has a good-to-grip leather
rim and full multifunction controls for media, phone, adaptive cruise control,
and speed limiter, while conveniently close by is the keyless engine Start button.
The heated front seats upholstery throughout is leather come with
height adjustment and there's a fist-and-a-half of air between the top of your
head and the roof lining (easily enough for a real crown!) and fit-for-purpose
bolstering that ensures you're comfortably located not just on short trips but
on long ones too. Most welcome is the commanding driving position that guarantees
a clear view of both front corners accurate on-road placing of the S-Cross
is a given.
Directly in front of the driver is a foolproof set of trad-style instruments
with white-on-black markings; set between the dials is a multi-information display.
Day and night the central infotainment touchscreen benefits from sharply-defined,
easy-to-read graphics and incorporates a Bluetooth integrated audio unit, DAB
digital radio, and a rear parking camera view (supported by front and rear parking
sensors). 3D SatNav is part of the Comms package and its seven-figure postcode
destination input makes setting, and finding, your destination a doddle.
worth mentioning is the effective 2-zone automatic AirCon (with pollen filter)
its switches and controls can be used safely on the move with minimal
distraction. Talking of safety, an Electronic Stability Program is standard-fit
as too is Hill Hold Control and Radar Brake Support, tyre pressure monitoring,
auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto lights and wipes, automatic headlamp levelling,
heated door mirrors (they're also electrically-adjustable and powerfolding)
and power windows.
with a penchant for privacy may prefer to ride in the rear cabin, secluded behind
the dark tinted glass that runs from B-pillar to B-pillar via the rear screen.
While they can't be so easily observed, that's not to say they can't see out
well enough to enjoy the elevated views through big, long windows and
they sit about six inches higher than those up front.
heated front seats
is leather come with
height adjustment and
theres a fist-and-a-half of
air between the top of
your head and the roof
lining (easily enough for
a real crown!) and
that ensures youre
comfortably located not
just on short trips but
on long ones too...
With nicely contoured adjustable backrests behind them and well padded seats
under their thighs, and ample space to wiggle knees and feet, they're very well
catered for. Other key elements of the S-Cross's back seat experience are the
sloping outer armrests set at just the right angle, a comfy central armrest
with built-in cupholders, and door bins that really do hold a bottle.
Parents travelling with youngsters will be able to relax knowing that in addition
to ISOFIX anchorages for child seats there are also childproof rear door locks.
And, as you'd wish, there's a full set of airbags for your whole tribe: front,
side, curtain, and driver's knee.
While there's civilised space for four/five, there's also more than enough room
within the S-Cross's 4.3-metre length for their luggage 430 litres of
it with the 60:40-split back seats in use. Drop them and voila!
an instant 875-litre loadbay.
Throwing in some extra versatility is the two level boot floor; there are several
inches between 'high' and 'low', and at its upper setting the boot floor sits
perfectly level with the load sill while simultaneously creating a 'secret'
storage space that's perfect for valuables in transit. And yes, bag hooks there
roller blinds can be good, some can be fiddly, so it's good to see that the
S-Cross makes use of a rigid luggage cover with a fold-back-on-itself
feature, it's convenient and agreeably hassle-free. Loading is equally straightforward
thanks to a high-lifting, head-friendly tailgate, also with keyless operation
and equipped externally with a wash-wipe something you don't want to
be without on a wet winter's day.
If you prefer to pull your cargo rather than carry it, the 1.4 Boosterjet will
tow a braked 1,200kg. And don't forget the roof rails for lesser, flatter loads
or watersports equipment and the like.
to its family-friendly character you'll find plenty of real-world storage solutions
starting with sturdy bottle-holding door pockets and a large glovebox, to a
drop-down overhead sunglasses holder and a deep box beneath the sliding central
has a history of turning out zippy and muscular engines that punch above their
weight. The new Boosterjet petrol engines are more of the same and, helped by
peak torque of 162lb ft on tap from a low 1,500rpm, the 1.4 is a willing performer
that's a measurable degree keener than the 109bhp 1.0-litre model and
even more at home on motorways.
space for four/five
theres also more than
enough room within
length for their
luggage too 430 litres
of it with the 60:40-split
back seats in use.
Drop them and voila!
you have an
Mated to the six-speed autobox it serves up peppy performance with a refined
edge. Shifts are well-fettled and the auto is perfectly happy for you to slip
it into its manual mode where your fingertips can work the paddle-shifters on
the steering wheel's horizontal spokes to enforce your own up/down shift points
useful both off-road and on blacktop when you need to really press on.
For the record, you can select M for permanent manual shifting or use the paddles
in D for brief interventions for, say, a quick overtake. Left to itself, the
autobox makes pootling around town a pretty hushed affair; going with the flow
in commuter traffic is a breeze.
the Boosterjet-autobox partnership is good for 49.6mpg in real-life we
recorded an overall test average of 39.8mpg after a week's hard driving over
a mix of roads all kinds from fast 'n' fun to slow 'n' slippery. And
quite a bit covered in the naughty-but-nice Sport mode. On paper this S-Cross
will hit 62mph from the off in 10.2 seconds and run to 124mph while emitting
128g/km of CO2.
the off-road-ready look and despite an obstacle-clearing ride height, the S-Cross
is more agile than you might be expecting helped by nicely controlled
body lean and direct steering. Getting a move on along country lanes and other
twisties it feels planted and reassuringly tidy in the dynamics department.
While your passengers will feel at ease at speed, they'll also be comfortable
and you're unlikely to hear any complaints either on weekly shopping trips or
extended half-term holidays.
ALLGRIP, Suzuki's own 4WD system, offers four selectable driving modes. First
up is the default Auto, which while automatically sending drive to all four
wheels the instant any wheel slip is detected, uses 2WD (to the front pair of
wheels) whenever appropriate generally, that's most of the time.
comes Sport mode for, Yes, you guessed it, sporty driving: while keeping the
engine 'on the boil', it makes maximum use of the all-wheel drive engage
it for challenging roads and you won't look back.
things get tricky you can twist the AWD rotary controller immediately south
of the selector lever to its Snow setting it uses four-wheel drive by
default and optimises four-wheel drive control in accordance with steering and
accelerator inputs to retain traction and stability and keep you on course on
unpaved, snowy and other slippery surfaces, both on and off road.
mode is for,
Yes, you guessed it,
While keeping the engine
on the boil,
it makes maximum use
of the all-wheel drive
engage it for challenging
roads and you
wont look back...
Less used will be the Lock setting. But only because it's designed for extricating
the car from snow, mud, or sand and that's not going to happen very often.
Still, it's always good to know you have a 'get out of extremis free card' up
your sleeve! In Lock, the system sends high torque to the rear wheels continually
while the limited-slip differential helps brake any slipping wheel and transfer
torque to the gripping wheels.
And it's good, too, to know that the S-Cross's blend of on-road handling-enhancing
and all-terrain crossover grip incorporate the ALLGRIP's 'feed forward' function,
which anticipates slippage based on road surface, throttle opening position,
steering angle and other factors. So rather than reacting after traction is
lost, it allocates torque to the rear wheels before any slippage can occur.
Not that you'll ever be consciously aware of any of these behind-the-scenes
measures so far as you'll be concerned, the S-Cross will feel exactly
like a grippy, true-blue SUV.
The 1.4 Boosterjet is a practical and likeable multi-purpose 'wagon' for families
who travel together be it for tedious 'chores' such as the school run
or active out-of-town weekend getaways off-road. Well specced and well priced,
it's well above the average crossover.
Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.4 Boosterjet SZ5 4x4 Auto
Maximum speed: 124mph | 0-62mph: 10.2 seconds | Test Average: 39.8mpg
Power: 138bhp | Torque: 162lb ft | CO2: 128g/km