Parents reading this will possibly remember that not all their son/daughter’s paraphernalia manages to make it to the new residence straight away, so one or two journeys will be required between your own house and your child’s new and/or old home.
The S-Cross has therefore been packed to bursting on a few occasions of late, and once again has scored on account of its easy loading. The flat unobstructed boot sill makes for easy entrance for the heaviest of objects, which won’t be scratched in the process, and the official 875 litres of volume (31 cubic feet if you prefer) I now know can cope with a serious amount of clothing.
Motor manufacturers are in the business of selling cars, not giving them away, but remarkably that’s just what Suzuki are doing this year with a few S-Crosses. They’ve recently announced the first winner of their #giveanscross competition which ran throughout March as part of what’s called the “Good Neighbour” integrated media campaign. Entrants were not eligible to win a car themselves, but via Facebook or Twitter they could nominate a friend or relative they thought really deserved to be given one. The first winner, a very surprised Phillip Southward and wife Sue, collected their new S-Cross SZ5 from Suzuki’s RRG Dealership in Stockport. Their nomination was posted by family friend Jane Bush who said: “They really deserve to win a new car as Sue teaches disabled children and in addition to having two sons of their own, they are also long term Fosterers. Financially I know they have struggled over the years as Phil had to give up his job over 12 years ago as a result of contracting M.E.”
As for our S-Cross, there have been a few days in the last month that have nudged me into opening its sunroof. I have to admit that I’m not a great fan of the sunroof as a genre; it seems to me a half-hearted go at open top motoring. But if you’re going to have one, it must make sense to make it a big one, and the S-Cross, whose sunroof is standard with the top SZ5 spec, certainly gives you that. Together, the two independent glass panels measure 80 centimetres wide by one metre long. To minimise glare, there’s a switch-controlled fabric blind under the glass panels, and once this has been retracted, the roof can be opened. That same switch causes one of the glass panels to slide over the other and both then move backwards; the resultant sizeable opening gives a genuine open air feeling to front and rear seat occupants.
Great large sunroof that comes as standard on our SZ5 model.
Unexciting interior – some bright silver bits, but predominantly dark grey, with no choice for owners to specify anything else.
|Date arrived:||5th November 2013|
|Mileage to date:||7,128 miles|
|Fuel consumption:||67.2mpg (official combined)
55.7mpg (on test)