Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (2013) Review

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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (2013) At A Glance


+Good value for money. Handles well. Strong and economical 120PS 1.6 petrol engine. SZ4 is very well equipped.

-Rear head room isn't great. DCT transmission from 2015 to 2016 best avoided.

New prices start from £13,993
Insurance Groups are between 13–24
On average it achieves 92% of the official MPG figure

Squint at the Suzuki S-Cross and you’ll see a few similarities to the Nissan Qashqai. That’s not a huge surprise – the Nissan crossover is a bestseller and it was the benchmark against which the S-Cross was measured, and the model from which Suzuki hopes to steal some of the limelight.

Indeed it delivers the same sort of package as the Qashqai but it’s more keenly priced and offers lower running costs, so it’s one to add to shopping lists if you’re in the market for a crossover.

The neat styling gives the S-Cross a silhouette that looks like a halfway house between a regular hatchback and a chunky SUV. The cabin is practical and comes with all the creature comforts you’re likely to need, but plastics are a little on the hard side.

That said, soft-touch materials make an appearance on the dash – a welcome step up for Suzuki. Unfortunately rear headroom isn’t great, but for children it should be fine. All models are well equipped – even the entry-level SZ3 gets alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring and daytime running lights.

Two engines are offered – a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel – both of which produce 120PS. The diesel, however, produces a noticeably higher amount of torque and is more frugal, so if you’re a regular motorway driver then it’s the one to choose.

Not only that but its extra weight means steering feels more direct and the ride isn’t quite as bouncy as with the lighter petrol engine. If you want an automatic transmission then you’ll have to take the petrol, which is offered with a CVT as an option. It’s a very typical CVT that works best when driven gently and gets loud when pushed.

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Real MPG average for a Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (2013)


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Average performance


Real MPG

31–80 mpg

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What's a good Suzuki SX4 equivalent for coping with narrow and winding roads?
"I'm living in Cumbria; windy roads, mountain passes, narrow lanes and lots of potholes. My Suzuki SX4 is a brilliant 4WD car. However, it is not made anymore. What would be a similar car to look at for a suitable replacement? I'm looking for a car which is not too wide (for those narrow lanes) really high clearance, (for tracks and occasional off-road) and, if possible, 4WD capability too. I don't need fancy, I need practical."
I'd stick with Suzuki. They make robust vehicles and most of the range is available with 4x4. You could look at a Swift or Ignis, or if you'd prefer something bigger (and with more ground clearance), consider an SX4 S-Cross or Vitara. Or there's the go-anywhere Jimny, but it's an acquired taste on the road. Also consider a Dacia Duster.
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What 4x4 should I buy?
"I am looking to buy a used car, ideally only about three years old. I want 4x4 option, sits high on the road, petrol/hybrid with leg room in the back for growing teenagers when front seats are pushed back. I normally keep my cars for quite a few years so reasonable to repair. My budget is around £14K. Any suggestions?"
I think a Suzuki Vitara would be a good choice. It will be very reliable and meets all your requirements, although there isn't a hybrid option. Your budget will get you a 2016 SZ5 model. Also consider the SX4 S-Cross.
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Engine problem with my car - what rights do I have?
"I own a Suzuki SX4 which I bought new in April 2016. The car today has been excellent. To date I've done just over 20K miles. In early October I phoned my local garage to tell them my charging light was illuminated, and they assumed it was a broken belt tensioner. The garage asked me to drive the car into the garage. Enroute to the garage there was a clunking noise when re-starting in traffic. Upon investigation the garage found there was an issue with the cambelt. This has caused major engine issues. To date the car has not been returned. They have provided me with excellent replacement cars and weekly updates. As you can imagine my patience is getting thin. What are my next steps, I want this sorting, and I think there needs to be some form of apology for the inconvenience. Can you advise my next steps please."
Quite simply, the supplying dealer has to fix it, with a new engine if necessary. To have a timing belt, this must have the 1.6 FIAT Multijet diesel engine. What could have happened is the alternator belt came off then wrapped itself around the exposed lower timing belt pulley and took the timing belt off. But the dealer is liable for all costs.
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Is it true that dashcams and satnavs can't be hardwired on keyless entry cars?
"Halfords could not hard wire a dash cam to my Suzuki SX4. I thought that their reply was something you might want to bring to the attention of your readers. They don't hard wire dashcams or satnavs to vehicles with keyless entry because the vehicle electrics are live whenever they're in proximity to the car. An ignition live circuit is not something that can be found within the fuse box as all circuits are controlled by the ECU. As this is the case, wiring into these circuits can cause problems with the canbus systems on board and lead to faults and problems within the vehicle which is costly to repair. "
That is very useful information. But a screencam can usually be wired unobtrusively by running a cable from the accessories socket under the passenger carpet, then up behind the doorframe trim rubbers to emerge adjacent to the sunviser, then over the sunvisor to the camera. That's how I do it, anyway.
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