Suzuki S-Cross Hybrid review


Suzuki has launched a full hybrid S-Cross SUV to its range of compact and small cars.

The S-Cross represents very good value for money in its class, its relatively low price point and high level of standard equipment make it a car to consider – read our review here The new full hybrid S-Cross brings the car to a higher level and we’ve been testing it.

Relative to rivals the S Cross is supremely equipped coming in one grade called ‘Motion’. Buyers get LED headlights, collision warning, lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, dual zone A/C, keyless entry and start and alloy wheels. Metallic paint is an option at €375.

The hybrid powertrain fitted to the S-Cross was first introduced in late 2022 alongside the smaller Suzuki Vitara, and now accounts for 40% of Vitara sales. The S-Cross Hybrid replaces the current 48v mild hybrid auto offering. Average fuel consumption is quoted at 5.2L/100km (54.3mpg). The petrol engine is a 1,462cc four cylinder 16 valve unit or 1.5 litre in simple terms. The hybrid battery capacity is a modest 0.840kWh and 140v (a Dacia Jogger Hybrid’s is 1.2kWh). The electric motor pushes out 24.6kW and 60nm of torque. The S-Cross Hybrid has a combined power output of 115hp, which is perfectly adequate for most users. The hybrid can run in electric only mode for brief periods. The gearbox is an automated manual – the AGS transmission automatically shifts gears and operates the clutch. The gearbox works best in the S-Cross as it is less lurchy than in the Vitara Hybrid. The box will hunt for gears and even with cruise control will drop a gear at times and make a bit of a racquet. It doesn’t like being pushed hard and it can get noisy – but in normal use it is fine. The S-cross Hybrid is more refined in the cabin than the Vitara and the ride is composed and comfortable. I spent some time being driven and can confirm the ride comfort, rear seats and legroom are all fine for a fully grown (cough overgrown) man. The car features two driving modes – Standard and Eco, selectable by the press of a button to the right of the driver.

Suzuki is going full electric (aren’t they all) by the end of 2024 the Japanese firm will have introduced five new electrified car models alongside eight new electric motorcycles and mopeds and five new electric outboard marine engines. The S-Cross range starts from €29,865 with the Hybrid at €31,895 or €32,270 on the road. As of now an AWD ‘Ultra’ grade Hybrid is under consideration. Very low finance rates also shame Suzuki’s rivals. The S-Cross may lack the sharpest exterior styling, and is best viewed head on but that said you get a hell of a lot of car for the money.


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Michael Sheridan

Michael Sheridan is a senior and highly respected motoring journalist based in Ireland. He is a frequently heard voice on motoring, transport and mobility matters and has multiple credits on national television, national print media, national and local radio and other outlets. Michael Sheridan has been a Car of the Year Judge for more 20 years (& more recently a Van of the Year judge). Michael has produced and directed many international and national motoring TV programmes and documentaries both on cars and motorcycles - including four films on the iconic Route 66. Michael Sheridan is a former Chairperson of the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP).

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