The successor to the Suzuki SX-Cross was presented to the public at the end of November 2021. This is a comprehensive facelift of the previous model with engines to meet the Euro 6d standard. As a modified SUV, the profile is significantly more significant thanks to a distinctive radiator grille and emphasized lighting elements. After launching the market launch with the well-known mild hybrid engine, the full hybrid model was introduced in the current model year. All instruments and controls in the interior have also been revised. A look at the big brother of the Vitara.
The S-Cross Dualjet is equipped with a four-cylinder petrol engine with 102 hp and a 33 hpElectric motor equipped, which together achieve a system output of 115 hp. This means that the vehicle is designed for a defensive driving style with a focus on off-road use. This combination relies on low consumption values in everyday life and requires a high degree of flexibility due to the design. It can be used perfectly for all hobbies and leisure activities with its generous storage space. Even braked trailers with a payload of up to 1.200 kg can be used and expand the scope.
Some contemporary adjustments have been made to the interior; the digital round instruments behind the steering wheel are paired with a 9-inch HD touchscreen as an information display. For the future, the menu structure and operation should also be fine-tuned. An improved and clear image from the rear view camera is pleasing. Voice control is also integrated and responds to clearly structured announcements, for example for telephone operation. The wireless integration of smartphones with Apple Carplay or Android is a practical advance in the current S-Cross.
Also interesting is the full equipment with which Suzuki offers the all-wheel drive model. This includes the 360-degree camera for maneuvering and parking, adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assistant, traffic sign recognition, tire pressure monitoring and the rear traffic assistant. The standard panoramic glass sliding roof with roller blind is not to be despised. It can be easily operated using a switch on the roof lining and increases driving comfort, especially in dry weather.
Everything is conveniently arranged and the most important functions can be operated directly using rotary controls, switches or rockers without having to work your way through the information display. The keyless system starts directly at the push of a button near the steering wheel. As described above, this full hybrid with all-wheel drive is designed for defensive driving. Acceleration and dynamics are not the focus. It scores points with three selectable driving modes (Auto/Sport/Snow) and in snow mode you can even lock the center differential and distribute the power equally to both axles, a useful advantage when driving off-road and towing a trailer.
In keeping with the tradition from the off-road vehicle sector in the spirit of the Vitara, the suspension behavior is rather less pronounced on larger bumps and potholes; on normal roads it takes the smaller bumps calmly and is sufficiently comfortable. The consumption values fluctuate between the selectable driving modes depending on the load. There is a switchable ECO mode, in which the S-Cross consumed between 4,5 to 5 liters of premium gasoline. If this mode is switched off, the values in our test drives were in the range between 6 and 7 liters of premium gasoline in late summer 2023.
Practical storage space
The universally applicable S-Cross is ideal for many sports and leisure activities. The normal trunk volume is 430 liters and can be expanded to up to 1.230 liters with the divisible rear seat. This also makes it easy to transport washing machines or bulky goods. A good gimmick, in addition to the button for opening the tailgate, is another button for quick central locking under the outer handle for the trunk lid.
With the S-Cross full hybrid, Suzuki is clearly focusing on decelerated driving. The focus here is not on sporting performance, but rather on a solid vehicle with practical all-wheel drive. Anyone who relies on towing a trailer or often travels off-road will find the S-Cross a quiet and durable all-wheel drive vehicle as their everyday companion.
Test from autumn 2023
How do you like the Suzuki S-Cross?
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