In short :
2 or 4 wheel drive
Within the Suzuki range, the S-Cross is a bit of a do-it-all machine: compact, welcoming and versatile thanks to its 4-wheel drive, it has also found its customers thanks to its bargain prices. The manufacturer has decided to turn the page by radically changing the look of its compact SUV.
This new generation now looks like a real SUV with a much more massive design than the previous one. This results in a more horizontal hood, numerous protections and angular wheel arches. At the front, the lights are now connected by a chrome bar that crosses the grille lengthwise.
This consensual and not very daring design follows a global logic, and especially Asian (South-East Asia, India…), its main market. This also explains the lack of consistency with the design of Swift, Vitara, etc. The Suzuki range therefore looks like a melting pot if we add the recent Swace and A-Cross which are rebadged Toyotas.
Inside, the changes look more like a restyling rather than a new generation. The dashboard is more sculpted, several buttons have been redesigned and moved, while the central touch screen, larger than before, has been repositioned in height. The presentation is very classic, a little austere and does not reach the level of the competition in terms of quality. The Japanese remains faithful to the needle counters but upgrades its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity now wireless. The 9” multimedia screen equipped with a completely new interface is easy to handle, responsive with the added bonus of HD resolution.
If there is one area where the S-Cross stands out, it is in its very good habitability/size ratio. Passengers are comfortable and have good legroom in the back. It offers plenty of storage space and especially the trunk, with a basic volume of 430 litres. To simplify, the Japanese offers the volume of a 3008 for the size of a 2008. For a family looking for a compact model, the S-Cross answers this.
This unchanged size and straddling two categories (those of compact and urban SUVs) is perhaps the main defect of the S-Cross in Europe. When it was launched in 2013, it measured 4.30 m and belonged to the compact SUV category. Today, it still measures 4.30 m except that since the competition, in other words the 3008, Tucson and Kadjar have grown. Today, the S-Cross measures to the nearest centimeter the size of a 2008, in other words an urban SUV of the lower category. And an urban SUV, Suzuki already has it in its range with the Vitara, which is barely shorter. As a result, it is not easy for the client to find their way around.
Japanese SUV prices go up by around €2,000. The S-Cross is no longer a bargain but is still interesting given its very rich level of standard equipment. This positioning halfway between two categories was previously a strong point. Today, it is no longer because for a mid-range version S-Cross Privilège 4×2 BVA you will have to pay 29,790 €. Or the price of a Peugeot 2008 Puretech 130 Allure (€29,250). Unlike, because of its micro-hybridization, the S-Cross benefits from the status of hybrid vehicle, therefore from free registration in most departments.