The successor to the SX4 joined the compact SUV segment, in size and benefits. And changed its name to that of S-Cross.
Reformatted to increase with among others, good 15 inches in length, the successor of the SX4 is now up in the right segment, the compact SUV. But he found his way to the undisputed leader and inventor of the crossover good to all, the Nissan Qashqai.
Based on the platform of the Swift, Suzuki has extended the wheelbase by 10 cm to 2.60 m to reach a total length of 4.30 m, the standard compact SUV. Therefore an extension of 15 cm, from the old SX4, while the width remains almost equivalent (+ 1 cm to 1.76 m) and high yielding 1 cm (1.58 m). Better profile to lower average consumption, S-Cross shows a net increase in livability, with chests larger (430 l 270 l against the SX4) and a generous knee space for rear passengers. Then, the platform of the Swift – the S-Cross is produced in the same plant in Hungary that it had allowed engineers, to take advantage of the relief fund this small city (3.85 m). It provides a good record of lightness: only 1.2 ton with 1.6 liter petrol engine 120 hp (4 x 2) and just 1.3 tons with the 1.6 turbo 118 hp, still FWD. Competitors confess all to engines equal, a higher a hundred pounds weight.
Suzuki, therefore benefits featherweight to swap the old 2.0-liter turbodiesel, with 130 hp for the smaller 1.6 liter DDiS 118 hp with torque ,that is unchanged at 320 Nm This new generation turbodiesel with Stop & Start (optional), still comes from the alliance with Fiat and General Motors, through the joint entity GMP (General Motors Powertrain), which designs and manufactures in northern Italy (near Turin), all turbodiesel found either under the covers before of Fiat and Alfa Romeo, Opel and Suzuki and soon Chrysler and Jeep.
Bright and alert, this 1.6 DDiS allows beautiful performance acceleration (0-100 km / h in 12 s), at maximum speed (180 km / h), as in times, where it never loath to overtake the 3rd or 4th gear. It is also very well soundproofed and filtered vibration, which would move sometimes at a steady speed for a gasoline engine. We had not the opportunity to try the heavier 4×4 version, but the timers provided by Suzuki are just as good, even if this version admits a second longer to 0 to 100 km / h and a maximum speed ” lowered “to 175 km / h. Note in passing that, unlike the old SX4 which is selling at 90% with all-wheel drive, the new S-Cross will be appreciated, rather than two-thirds FWD version tested here.
Flexible and generous, this 1.6 DDiS yet suffers from a formal procedure under the 1500 r / min a little laborious, a small defect, that we also noticed driving an Opel Corsa for example, or a Fiat Punto. However, it is a good frugality, especially with Stop & Start, which remains an option. The standard (in 1.6 DDiS 4×2) consumption is 4.2 l/100 km in mixed use (ie 110 g / km CO2) and we for our part, measured 5.1 l/100 km over a distance, rather winding, but rolling hills of Chianti. If the S-Cross carbide does not (yet) in grape alcohol , it is rather, in the lower range of the segment to sobriety.
LIFE ON BOARD
If Suzuki had been very successful to draw the point of the copy, the exterior design of the Nissan Qashqai – hide the front cover, and everything looks like nothing so much – it was also more attractive to the interior, especially the dashboard and center console, compared to the old SX4. Mission accomplished, with a refined and dynamic style, that does not seek originality, but the luxurious distinction. The materials used are of high quality with very little hard plastic and chrome trim, look great. Again, the designers certainly dissected the Qashqai in their studio. Controls fall naturally under the fingers, the driving position is relaxing, long haul facilities.
Note, however that the two front seats do not shrink as much as a Qashqai for example, which may interfere with the greatest conductors. And they will also regret the lack of maintenance of seats, relatively flat and very firm. A tradition that Suzuki, also enables the design of thin seats, which indirectly, contributes to the living space. Moreover, always in relation to Nissan, the feeling of space on board is a reality that will delight families looking for a compact and versatile SUV that did not know how the old SX4.
NOTICE OF SELF-ADDICT
Besides its beautiful presentation and copy as well as the flexibility of its diesel engine coupled with his frugality livability, the new S-Cross is a good comfort on the road. Its chassis, inherited from the city Swift is a rigorous despite the increase in size and center of gravity inevitably perched above. Engineers have managed to retain some liveliness behavior of the front axle and a rear axle (version 4 x 2) which fits perfectly in the wake of the steering axle. Note a body roll in curves greater than driving the Swift but more controlled than on a Nissan Qashqai, more clumsy. However, the electric power steering still lacks teeth when placing the front axle, a common remark numbers compact MPV or SUV equipped with this type of assistance … Suzuki engineers, present during these tests have confirmed they are working on this problem and that the end of September marketing, everything would be in focus.
The suspension settings promote occupant comfort, with good flexibility and good damping capacity, to neutralize the holes and bumps in the road. But sometimes, the amplitude of these suspensions is twice the body roll in curves (as well as the inertia of the electric power steering), and on the roads tormented the Florentine hills, passengers will feel seasick.
For now, the trim levels and prices are not yet set but Stéphane Magnin, head of Suzuki France has only one goal: to position exactly the same as the Nissan Qashqai, in terms equipment as engine and price. Although, it will be entirely renewed next year and the prices are very aggressive, the Qashqai is the reference.
What sets the entry-level S-Cross (120 hp 1.6 liter petrol 4 x 2), just 20,000 euros and about 000 more 3 118 hp 1.6 DDiS,, tried here. Versions 4×4, diesel as gasoline,(with automatic transmission) will be closer to 30,000 euros, up-level finishes. This position is consistent, with the very good road performance of the S-Cross and Stéphane Magnin is resolutely optimistic about the future success of its compact SUV: he hopes to double its sales, compared with the best score of the SX4 which he succeeded with 7 000 annual registrations against half so far.
- Dimensions and services in its segment
- Beautiful interior presentation
- Nice diesel engine
- Taking inevitable roll
- Seats missing maintenance
- Very informative electric power steering
Under the hood of the Suzuki S-Cross 1.6 DDiS 4×2
Capacity: 1598 cm3
Type: 4 cyl. in-line diesel
Power: 118 hp at 3750 r / min
Torque: 320 Nm at 1750 r / min
Drive: Front Wheel
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Dimensions (L / W / H): 4300 x 1765 x 1575 mm
Chest: 430/1 554 l
Weight: 1305 kg (11.06 kg / hp)
0-100 km / h: 12 sec
Speed: 180 km / h
Consumption: 4.2 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: 110 g (or penalty or bonus)
Price: not specified.