The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross crossover has been given a complete makeover,
the front part having been completely redesigned to incorporate new headlights. The radiator grille supports are now vertical rather than horizontal and the bonnet and front valance panel have been redesigned.
The mechanics beneath the bonnet have also been modernised; indeed, as a variant of the tried and tested 1.6L diesel with its 120hp, the new SX4-S-Cross is actually available with two new petrol engines. Economical drivers will choose the 1-litre one-cylinder petrol engine with 111hp and 170 newton-meters (Nm), whilst hedonists will opt for the 1.4-litre petrol engine, roaring as it hits 140hp and 220Nm.
The SX4 offers sufficient space provided that the rear passengers are not on the large side, undoubtedly owing to the panoramic glass sunroof that our test model had.
These days, since the majority of SUVs are, however, driven in towns and cities, the new SX4 generally uses front-wheel drive. In addition to the optional six-speed automatic gearbox, therefore, it is also possible to add the ALLGRIP four-wheel drive system on request. The smart four-wheel drive transmission system guarantees optimal traction control in the various driving modes (Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock) under extremely varied driving conditions.
The new SX4 is equipped with automatic distance control and emergency brake assist. The system is nevertheless very sensitive and tends to be triggered too early, even in perfectly safe situations, to the point that it makes you want to turn it off after the first two warning stages.
Whatever the case may be, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross does, on the whole, offer an alternative to what its competitors are offering. Prices start from around €19,000 for the 1-litre version, with a diesel version costing nearly €25,000.