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Our Fleet Test Drive: Suzuki S-Cross: 3rd report

Date: 02 March 2015   |   Author: Tony Rock

Equipment: 6 airbags, Bluetooth, aux in and USB input, DAB, heated seats, hill hold, space-saver tyre, cruise control with speed limiter, dual-zone aircon, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch alloys
Options: Metallic paint (£430)

Shortly before the arrival of our diesel Suzuki SX4 S-cross we had a petrol 1.6 model on test.

The first thing that struck me was that the petrol engine seemed to be straining at higher speeds, yearning  for a sixth gear that wasn't available. Thankfully, however, this isn't a problem with our diesel because it has that extra gear. Sticking with the gearbox, reverse is also easier to engage in the diesel, aided by a 'collar' on the lever that has to be pulled up before shifting.

That 'collar' is absent on the petrol, and locating reverse in that gearbox can be a struggle. Meanwhile, according to the cars' own calculations, as displayed on their instrument panels, diesel fuel economy was predictably about 10mpg better too, at 52.7mpg versus 42.3mpg.

The petrol model is though £1500 cheaper. Finally, in my view, the Suzuki looks better in the Cool White Pearl Metallic paint job on our car than the Silky Silver Metallic finish (both cost £430), although as with any white vehicle, it's a battle to keep it looking pristine in the middle of winter.

Suzuki SX4 S-cross 1.6 DDiS Allgrip SZ5

Mileage                                                                                      10,257
P11D price                                                                                £23,494
Forecast/actual cost per mile                                              51.9p/52.4p
Our average consumption                                                        51.1mpg
Official combined consumption                                                64.2mpg


  • Better than the petrol model
  • Intermittent hill-hold control system fault