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New Suzuki S-Cross

Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Guys, listen up! The new Suzuki S-Cross is here – and it might just blow your socks off.

The Japanese automaker earned high acclaim for the former S-Cross. But, it has now been replaced by an all-new model which takes advantage of Suzuki’s expertise in packaging vehicles above their class with flexibility, top safety equipment and the latest technology.

The S-Cross expresses Suzuki’s SUV styling heritage. Indeed, the new model features a more muscular design that enhances its presence with larger and more angular wheel arches and flowing lines.

The front end design incorporates a raised bonnet line, piano black front grille and new three LED position headlamps that help portray a high centre of gravity. The design theme continues at the rear with larger combination lamps. These integrate horizontally with the rear centre garnish to emphasise a sense of width, in addition to roof rails and an integrated rear spoiler.

The new S-Cross’ interior hasn’t been overlooked, though. The cabin is now more spacious and boasts an even higher standard of safety kit than the previous model.

The car comes in just two trim levels – Motion and Ultra. Standard equipment includes seven airbags, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control with speed limiter as well as keyless entry and start. Dual zone auto air conditioning, heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors are also housed within the base-level grade.

Moving up to the Ultra trim adds leather seat upholstery, integrated on-board navigation, a panoramic sliding sunroof and further driver safety and convenience with the fitment of a 360 view camera. 

Under the bonnet, the S-Cross’ latest 1.4-litre engine offers the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine. Put it this way, it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure. The power unit will get to 62mph in just 9.5 seconds (2WD models) in both manual and automatic guises, giving the car a top speed of 118mph.

The new S-Cross is a perfect car for the school run or for longer trips, too – there’s ample room for passengers and luggage. The seats provide excellent support and hold you firmly in place, even on tight curves.

Furthermore, the Japanese manufacturer’s Allgrip four-wheel drive set-up can be found on the top model. The technology leaves no room for doubt that the S-Cross is the perfect fusion of family-friendliness, safety and performance. Don’t get me wrong, it’s no hardcore mud-plugger, but it’ll handle dirt, grass, snow, sand and a bit more – so it’s just right for mini-adventures.

On top of all that, hybrid technology is fitted to the S-Cross. I won’t bore you with the details; all you need to know is that a bunch of tech, including a 48V battery and an electric motor, assists the car’s 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo engine. The new powertrain helps improve fuel consumption, but it also enhances driving feel by adding more pulling power to the party.

So, have I whet your appetite for the new Suzuki? I hope so. Let’s face it, it’s a car that does everything well – from the school run to going off-piste when the need arises. Add a comprehensive list of active and passive safety equipment into the mix, and you’ve got one thoroughly decent family car staring you in the face.

So, dads – if you’ve got enough cash still hanging around for a new car in 2022, then add the new S-Cross to your list of vehicles to test-drive. Priced from £24,999 to £29,799, you’ll find this Suzuki is one good value motor. If that’s not enough, then remember Suzuki has a legendary reputation for reliability. Yep, guys, the “my car’s not working” excuse to get out of doing the “dad-taxi” run just won’t cut it if you’ve got a new S-Cross parked on the drive!

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