Suzuki S-Cross variants
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Total cash price £17,499. Borrowing £13,999 with a £3,500 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
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Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

We’ll run through the S-Cross’s engine and trim options in more detail so you can choose the perfect version.

Suzuki S-Cross buying guide

What Suzuki S-Cross trim levels are there?

Trim levels are simple for the S-Cross. There are just two – Motion and Ultra.

Entry-level Motion cars are well equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, climate control, auto lights and wipers, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, keyless entry and starting, all-round parking sensors, a reversing camera and heated front seats. You also get a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Ultra cars get an attractive polished finish on their alloys and four-wheel drive, along with a 360º parking camera, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof and a larger infotainment screen with built-in sat nav.

Suzuki S-Cross interior and technology

Suzuki isn’t a company known for frills in its cars and the S-Cross isn’t about to break that trend. There are lots of hard, scratchy plastics and not much in the way of styling – a Peugeot 2008 or Nissan Juke feel more plush from behind the wheel. It is, however, well screwed together with no rattles or squeaks to complain about on the move.

All cars include at least a seven-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard – few buyers will need much more than that. If you do step up to Ultra trim, this screen is upgraded to a nine-inch unit with built-in sat nav. Both setups are easy enough to use, although they’re not quite as responsive or visually impressive as the latest setups in some rivals.

The S-Cross doesn’t take up lots of space on the road but offers plenty of room inside. Adults will be comfortable sat either in front or in back, although the high-mounted rear seats mean very tall rear passengers might brush their heads on the ceiling. The boot is spacious and square, with a wide opening to load bulky cargo, although 1.5-litre Full Hybrid versions lose a little space under the boot floor for the on-board battery pack.

Suzuki S-Cross engine range explained

Suzuki S-Cross 1.4 Boosterjet 48V Hybrid

This is the basic petrol engine offered across the S-Cross range. This 1.4-litre turbo petrol has some mild hybrid tech to average more than 40mpg and, with 129hp, can dash from 0-62mph in less than 10 seconds. That’s competitive with most of its rivals in the class and helps the S-Cross feel relaxed in day-to-day driving. Most versions come with a snappy six-speed manual gearbox, but an optional automatic is available.

Suzuki S-Cross 1.5 Full Hybrid

This engine was introduced a little later in the S-Cross’s lifecycle. It pairs a 1.5-litre non-turbo petrol engine with a slightly beefier electric motor and battery pack than the mild-hybrid 1.4-litre model. As a result, this version can travel short distances on electric power alone, such as when crawling through traffic. It’s not quite as nippy as the 1.4-litre model, but all 1.5-litre Full Hybrids are automatic only, making them easy to weave through traffic.

Suzuki S-Cross model page FAQs

The S-Cross comes in one form only – a five-door, five-seat small SUV with a hatchback-style boot lid – sitting above the smaller Suzuki Vitara in the lineup. It replaces the older Suzuki SX4 S-Cross and comes with a host of upgrades, although its predecessor offers similar practicality and represents better value for money as a used car.

There’s loads of competition in this class so the Suzuki has its work cut out if it wants to impress. Buyers may want to cross shop cars like the Nissan Juke, MG ZS, Skoda Kamiq, Peugeot 2008, Kia Stonic, Hyundai Kona or Citroen C3 Aircross.

The Suzuki S-Cross comes in at 4.3 metres long – the exact same length as the Peugeot 2008 and within a few millimetres of most of its competition in this class. Its bulky looks might make it look like a fairly large car, but its footprint is mostly the same as family hatchbacks like the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf. As a result, it’s not too tricky to fit into tight parking spots – aided by standard-fit all-round parking sensors and a reversing camera, plus a 360-degree parking camera on top-spec Ultra cars.

It’s far from the largest SUV you can buy, but the S-Cross offers lots of interior space considering its modest size. There’s a lot of elbow and knee room for rear passengers, although tall adults might find their heads brush the ceiling slightly. The boot is large and easily accessed although you do lose some space if you opt for the 1.5-litre Full Hybrid model.

There are two petrol engines offered for the S-Cross. Most use a turbocharged mild-hybrid unit with a manual or optional auto gearbox, although you’ll find the odd Full Hybrid model, which is automatic only. Both engines are available with AllGrip four-wheel drive on top-spec Ultra models.

The majority of buyers will be best served by the 1.4-litre mild-hybrid engine as it's the most common and most affordable choice. You might want to consider the Full Hybrid version if you do lots of city driving and need an automatic gearbox.

The Suzuki S-Cross is optionally available with the company’s AllGrip four-wheel-drive system. This will automatically shuffle power around to the tyres with the most grip to keep you moving over slippery surfaces. AllGrip comes standard on S-Cross cars in Ultra trim, regardless of which engine is specified.

Two-wheel-drive versions are still a good choice for all-season driving thanks to their fairly tall ride height. You can always fit a set of winter tyres, too, to give you excellent grip in chilly conditions.

Suzuki generally enjoys a good reputation for reliability and there’s no reason to expect the S-Cross won’t uphold that reputation. The engines are widely used across the Suzuki range along with many of the same parts, so replacements should be readily available.

You can specify an extended warranty for your S-Cross. This will kick in once the manufacturer’s coverage expires and protects you from the cost of unexpected mechanical or electrical failures.