Suzuki have been quiet these past three years in terms of new cars, but they look set to create a bit of a stir in the market place with the arrival of the handsome new SX4 S-Cross.
The all new SX4 S-Cross goes on sale in early October, with an alluring entry price of 19,995 euro for the 1.6 litre petrol manual.
That price, and all the launch prices up to and including the top of the range 1.6 4WD All Grip diesel with Stop/Start technology, will be guaranteed for six months as part of an introductory launch offer.
Suzuki officials didn’t make any bold predictions during the Irish launch last week, but with a price advantage of around 2,000 euro over the top selling model in this sector, the Nissan Qashqai, the SX4 S-Cross is very competitively priced.
And having driven three versions of what is a striking crossover that offers the styling and looks of a SUV but drives like a car, the feeling about the SX4 S-Cross was absolutely positive.
There is no catch in terms of styling, drive, equipment level or up to the minute gadgetry. The latest SX4 has it all, and within a good pricing structure.
The first drive was in the 1.6 GL two wheel drive diesel (C02 115 g/km), which is expected to be the big seller in Ireland. The price here is 23,645 (ex-works).
Here the drive was sharp and responsive, and no matter how hard we worked the car there was no note of discomfort from the nicely tuned engine. All diesels come with 6-speed gearbox.
We also drove a four wheel drive version which acquitted itself very well, but the model that surprised most of all was the 1.6 litre petrol, which comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Suzuki in Ireland don’t expect this version to be a massive seller, if for no other reason than ‘diesel is the thing of today’, but the entry level version has pep in the step and was very assured under a full load.
Four of us – all well fed journalists – took to the roads in the car near Coventry and all were impressed with the responsive engine, interior space and comfort and how the car performed on testing corners with a full load. It was thumbs up all round!
Suzuki’s first C segment crossover is available in 2WD and new All Grip 4WD, with 1.6 litre (petrol and diesel) engines offering class leading C02 emissions and low fuel consumption. The 1.6 DDiS 2WD emits just 110g/km of C02 and offers fuel consumption of 4.2 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle.
The SX4 S-Cross is available in three grades GL, GL+ and GLX. All are equipped with seven airbags and ESP as standard.
The GL packages also includes tyre pressure monitoring as well as daytime running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with speed limiter, air conditioning, heated door mirrors, eye catching black protective skid plates and black wheel arch extensions along with a temporary tyre.
The world’s first double sliding panoramic sunroof is part of the kit on GLX models. The car has a standard luggage capacity of 430 litres – bigger than the Qashqai – and the service interval has been stretched out to 20,000 kilometres for both petrol and diesel models, which will help lower the cost of ownership.
The All Grip model showcases Suzuki’s latest driver selectable 4WD technology. The 4WD system has four driver selectable modes – auto, sport, snow and lock. The driver selects the mode using a simple push and turn dial on t he centre console.