As regular television viewers will know, Suzuki are pushing the SX4 S-Cross hard.
Seemingly not a day passes without an S-Cross advert appearing on screen, and usually in the most expensive of slots. So they think they have a winner – you see advertisement, look over car, drive car, buy car. Can’t go wrong. And as the months pass, I’m inclined to see their point.
The faults I’ve found in our S-Cross are few and small; the positives are legion. This month has been composed in the main of short trips, which can bring to light design faults you’re not going to notice when thundering up the M6 to Scotland. Getting in and out for instance; do one of each in the day and if it’s a hip-twisting exercise that brings on the sciatica, you probably won’t remember it a few minutes later. But do five short trips, one after the other, and your colourful language may well stay with you until bad-tempered bedtime. Which is not what happens with the S-Cross; I’ve tried getting in and out a dozen times in an action-packed minute, and it couldn’t be easier. SUV styling gives us a reasonably high seat and a wide, high door opening which together offer an easy time of it even to those with dodgy bits of anatomy.
All S-Cross diesels are fitted with a stop-start system, and I’m regularly surprised at the antipathy shown to these fuel-saving measures by some of my colleagues. To me, it seems plain common sense; in these times of sky-high fuel prices, you ought to be grateful if electronics will take over the task of stopping the engine when you’re stuck in traffic. The Suzuki’s system does the job well, but I’m puzzled as to why it doesn’t do it more often. Obviously restarting the engine takes battery power, and if you’re in traffic the alternator isn’t doing vast amounts to recharge the battery, so stop-start will probably cease to operate after a long spell of queuing. And at times of heavy battery use – heated screen, headlights and heated seats for example – it’s understandable that the system will decide not to shut down. But ours rarely performs, even when I’ve been tanking along the motorway in bright sunshine – so no lights and no heat to screen or bottom – it still generally doesn’t auto-stop when I exit into traffic. It’s a small point, but I get the feeling the in-built battery monitor is a bit too keen on its job.
All else has been going well, and I’m particularly impressed with the automatic lights and wipers, which work so much better than many other examples I’ve tested. I used to think these were a step too far… who needs them etc., but having lived with these ones for a few months, they’ll be high on the wish list for my next motor.
Wide opening doors and a high seat (with height adjustment on all models) makes for easy entry and exit.
|Whats Not:||ëAí for ëAuto Stop Startí. Itís not a sign we see very often, as the stop-start system seems reluctant to do its thing.|
|Date arrived:||5th November 2013|
|Mileage to date:||16,525 miles|
|Fuel consumption:||67.2mpg (official combined)
55.4mpg (on test)