The Suzuki S-Cross is an inconspicuous all-rounder. Used pays off despite the higher price

Suzuki S-Cross
Suzuki S-Cross

This car was designed by a smart burner. It looks like an SUV, but it's actually a hatchback. It looks forested, but you don't have to climb into it. Even at the back, it has comfortable seats and a suitcase much larger than the Golf. Until 2016, it was sold with simple gasoline without a turbo and, overall, hardly angry. Only there are not many of them on the market, so we must not be surprised by the higher price.

German cars are sometimes said to be boringly perfect, Japanese ones are said to be perfectly boring. Such a view of the world was well recorded by the first version of the Suzuki S-Cross from 2013. Before it was refreshed by a facelift with a more pompous mask, it looked at least in cheaper versions like a gray mouse stray from somewhere in the 80s.

Only the unusual proportions with a higher roof and plastic-coated fenders reveal their affiliation with the fashion genre of crossover or hybrid SUV with a hatchback. Which is the first reason why the S-Cross is worth attention.

Most SUVs are not very easy to get on, you have to climb over the raised floor and crouch under a sloping pole at the same time. The S-Cross is actually closer to a small MPV. It has a higher entire cabin, while the chassis is wooded with a more symbolic effect. The ground clearance of 170 mm is comparable to the Octavia Scout and all-wheel drive is less than half of the cars.

Inside, there is a more airy atmosphere than in Golf, Astra, or Mégan. The driver has a great view outside and holds comfortable seats on longer journeys not only at the front but also at the rear, where, unlike most cars today, they do not sit so low on the floor. The trunk of 430 liters also outgrows ordinary hatchbacks, more like smaller SUVs like the Nissan Qashqai and Mitsubishi ASX.

The equipment was quite austere in the first years, you can come across vehicles without a Bluetooth connection, even without a USB socket. The performance of basic halogen headlights will not excite you either. But fully equipped pieces are also under consideration. The panoramic roof significantly reduces the rigidity of the already very light body, which makes it even more difficult to withstand the shocks of the bumps. You can also be punished by adaptive cruise control, which radically leaves the radar for CZK 30,000.

For the first years in the first few years, a good old petrol 16-liter petrol engine without a turbo with an output of 88 kW was most often used for propulsion. He does not make the S-Cross racer, but he moves the lightweight body easily and does not bother the crew with excessive noise even on the highway.

Since the facelift in 2017, it has been replaced by new supercharged BoosterJet engines. There is nothing to complain about the three-cylinder 1.0 (82 kW) or the larger fourteen hundred (103, later 95 kW). They behave reliably, run quietly, and are tuned unusually linearly - they do not suffer from rapid "blowing" at the lowest speeds, which is the ideal of a sensitive driver. Only all holt, like all direct injection engines, require exclusively high-quality additive petrol and do not like continuous operation over short distances.

Under the acronym 1.6 DDiS, diesel from Fiat was offered in the S-Cross. He rode beautifully like a new one, but today we are making a question mark over him. The first two years with the Euro 5 emission class are already in full swing, and the newer Euro 6 is now undergoing its second event to modify the emission software. There is no specific experience with it yet, but from the experience of Volkswagen and Mercedes in general we believe that "teaching the old dog to new pieces" does not benefit the life of the flue gas recirculation circuit. Even without them, it should be added that the original particulate filter has a six-digit price and there is no mass production.

Those interested in a vending machine, on the other hand, will be pleased with the ten-year warranty without mileage restrictions on the CVT transmission in the 1.6-liter petrol engine, of course, conditioned by a full-service history. For both this and the later planetary automaton with BoosterJet motors, we recommend changing the oil every 60,000 km, although the manufacturer's service plan does not require it.

What some Suzuki repair shops offer themselves are preventive anti-corrosion spraying of the underbody. Although S-Cross is made in Hungary, its rust resistance is not much higher than that of the Asian league. The rear part of the floor, the front subframe, and the beam cavities, in the long run, are especially critical.

The paint is not particularly durable either, so after the winter it pays to check all the knocks on the flying stones carefully so that the car does not start to bloom from them.

The higher price of parts and their limited offer are generally the main disadvantages of Japanese brands. However, this is not a big problem for a four- or five-year-old car. Especially when the petrol versions of the Suzuki S-Cross do what its predecessors have always done: for fifteen years, they drove carelessly for fuel, oil, and candles only.

All in all, this is a very interesting purchase, even at prices that don't really want to under CZK 350,000. In addition to a small selection in the bazaars, they reflect the current hunger for used cars and the rise in the price of new cars. For S-Cross as a fungal today, you will leave over half a million crowns at the dealer.

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