Do the new cars look like hi-tech spaceships from the distant future? So take a look at the Suzuki S-Cross. The advertisement for this car, which I got for the weekly test, could start in a similar way. And what do I want to suggest at the beginning and what can this SUV excel at? This will suggest the following lines.
It is worth recalling that this generation of Suzuki S-Cross was established in 2013. Over the following years, it underwent several upgrades, which concerned both safety features and design. Years have passed, but the expected introduction of the new generation is not taking place. Instead, there is only further modernization. Relatively extensive and at first glance definitely successful.
The Suzuki S-Cross can make a strong first impression. Above all, a stylish radiator grille, an impressive grille with a glossy black surface and a chrome bar. All this together greatly underlines the car’s self-confidence. Front and rear LED lights are also a successful element. With clear covers that have a clean look and successful dynamic shapes.
The Suzuki S-Cross also includes body protection elements. Especially the fender edges above the front and rear wheels, or distinctive elements in silver, on the front and rear bumper. Not only do they look great, but they also suggest that the S-Cross doesn’t have to be just a car on the road. You will definitely not get lost with him outside. But only for a moment.
Do you think that when something works and you’re used to it, it shouldn’t change? If so, the Suzuki S-Cross will literally impress you. For many, a look into the interior can be a look into the past. In a flood of hi-tech cars, full touchpads and various displays, it’s like going back. I sit in the driver’s seat and I’m surprised – I can’t even call it otherwise. Classic analog speed and speed indicators, with a smaller display between them. Distinctive buttons on the steering wheel, standard climate control with buttons and wheels, a robust cradle to activate the heated seats, or honest buttons above the left knee. And in the middle of a standard handbrake, no electronic button. The Suzuki S-Cross shows that even after modernization, the car can still be as we know it and as some want. The aim is perhaps only to control the volume of the radio, touch on the infotainment (but it is also possible to use the classic button on the steering wheel).
While the Suzuki S-Cross focuses primarily on functionality, practicality and simplicity, this does not mean that the car will remain completely in the past. He improved his multimedia system with a seven-inch, better equipment with a nine-inch screen. There is no lack of support for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The 360-degree camera with really good resolution is very good. At the same time, infotainment remains intuitive, simple, classic. He needs to go a little with the times, but he doesn’t need to get wild abnormally. The whole interior is in a similar spirit. Efforts to design innovations are visible here, but they are much more interested in simplicity, sometimes even commonness – when it comes to the use of hard plastics, for example.
Otherwise, the interior of the Suzuki S-Cross will please with a relatively decent space, with the possibility of sitting in either fabric seats, well-stitched or elegant ergonomically shaped seats in a combination of genuine and synthetic leather. Passenger comfort can be increased, for example, by adjusting the inclination of the rear backrests. This also affects the size of the luggage compartment, which can be expanded if necessary by folding the seats, divided in a ratio of 60:40.
It is not a hybrid, like a hybrid
The word “hybrid” proudly stands out on the body. But the Suzuki S-Cross 1.4 BoosterJet is not quite a hybrid. The correct designation in this case is mild-hybrid. So you can’t run on electricity. Nevertheless, the 48V mild-hybrid drive can help you. In normal driving situations, it works to reduce petrol consumption as much as possible. However, the mild-hybrid system is also ready to be connected at any time as an electric motor that increases torque at low speeds or helps with acceleration. On the other hand, recuperation is used during deceleration, which can be used to charge a 48V lithium-ion battery.
So much for electricity, now for gasoline. The Suzuki S-Cross is powered by a 1.4-liter BoosterJet engine. It combines direct injection and turbocharging. The compressed air intercooler improves supercharging efficiency and increases torque. Direct injection optimizes the timing, amount and pressure of fuel injected to increase performance and reduce consumption. Other means of reducing consumption are electrically controlled variable valve timing (VVT), refrigerated exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and a high compression ratio.
Although it sounds complicated in theory, in practice it is a very well-tuned technique that works exactly as it should. The driver does not have to worry about anything, except for shifting – in the case of my tested car, which was equipped with a six-speed manual. However, the S-Cross can also be purchased with a six-speed automatic. Mention should also be made of the AllGrip four-wheel drive. Four easy-to-switch driving modes cover all the driver’s needs for where he is and what he needs. There is an Auto, Snow, Sport mode and, in addition, the Lock mode, which transmits the maximum available torque to the rear wheels, which will help you need to get out of complicated situations where there is a risk of getting stuck. This mode is available up to 60 km / h, then automatically switches to Snow. Although the name of this mode can be very confusing, it is suitable not only in winter, but also on any other surface, such as mud or sand.
The Suzuki S-Cross is emotionally in tune, rather comfortable, for some it can be significantly soft. During classic shifts around cities, this tuning can perfectly iron the unevenness on the road and move the driver and crew from point A to point B with a pleasant swinging style. However, at higher speeds or sharper cornering, excessive softness can also seem negative. The car may not look so sure and the feelings of swimming slightly will appear here and there.
In undemanding terrain, the Suzuki S-Cross feels relatively confident, the 4 × 4 drive in combination with the selected driving mode does what is expected of it. For any big off-road nonsense, this is still not really a classic SUV, but worries about driving off the road are certainly unnecessary.
The Suzuki S-Cross 1.4 BoosterJet Hybrid is simply its own. Although after those years it would be appropriate to introduce a new generation, Suzuki prefers to stick to proven classics and modernize what works. Although the competition outperforms in hi-tech technologies, Suzuki prefers to stick to the proven simple, intuitive and practical style. And when others push electricity as much as possible, Suzuki uses only a tiny battery and electric motor to help improve fuel consumption, emissions and driving performance. And if you can have this car for as little as CZK 528,900, or in full fire for CZK 707,900, you can only say that the world of cars is still in order here.
Zdroj: Autorský text Zdroj obrázků: Vlastní fotografie autora / David Hampl