Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross: small SUV with five-star safety
How much should families expect to pay for a small crossover with five-star safety? With the results for the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross just published by Euro NCAP, it seems that good crash protection is becoming more affordable. The S-Cross makes some older, bigger selling models look expensive.
Sold as the SX4 S-Cross in the UK and the SX4 in Europe, the five-star model is the latest in a string of small MPV crossover vehicles by manufacturers. Their roominess and high driving position makes them a popular choice for families. Most earn a five-star safety rating when they launch, but with some of the best selling models now getting a bit elderly, not all seem to offer such great value for money when it comes to safety.
At just £12,595, the Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross costs around £3,000 less than some of its biggest competitors: the 2009 Peugeot 3008 (£15,895), the 2007 Nissan Qashqai (£20,395) and the 2009 Skoda Yeti (£15,250).
In the Euro NCAP assessment, the Suzuki put in a convincing five-star performance. The car provides good protection in the front for adults of different sizes and the car scored maximum points in the side impact test.
Protection of the 18-month and three-year old dummies was good and it’s possible to put a rear-facing baby seat on the front seat safely – the front airbag can be deactivated to allow this. There were a couple of words of caution from Euro NCAP, however: the front seat needs to be in its highest position for the baby seat to be installed properly. And their experts couldn’t get the toddler seat to fit securely in the rear centre position.
Buyers shouldn’t expect much in terms of Driver Assist technologies on the option list. All the models come with cruise control and a speed limiter you can set manually, but that’s it.
Suzuki is brilliant at making affordable, hard-wearing cars that are nice to drive. The SX4 S-Cross puts a new car with five-star safety within reach of more people. There isn’t much beyond a diesel engine and a four-wheel drive system in terms of options, but for a lot of young families, a new five-star car with a bit more space and a sensible price tag is all they ask.
The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross starts at just £12,595
Also consider the Chevrolet Trax (£15,495), Peugeot 2008 (£12,995) or Renault Captur (£12,495)
With the kids in the back, the Suzuki has 430 litres of luggage space. The Captur has 377 litres, the Trax 356 litres. These both have more space than the Suzuki with their seats folded flat, however