Cheap as chips has long been Suzuki’s prime selling point – but with the new SX4 S-Cross the Japanese maker has ticked off a whole raft of other plusses too, with versatility right at the top of the list while sound build quality has also become a given.
It’s true that you generally get what you pay for but this latest Suzuki offering does provide very real value for money.
Just who else is offering a decent sized and generously equipped 4x4 for less than £22,000? Well, make that £21,549 to be exact. Two-wheel drive versions are even more affordable.
The sleek looks are those of a sporty three -door hatchback coupé, with only the generous ground clearance giving a clue to the 4x4 vehicle’s impressive off-road capabilities. There’s a roomy interior and a generously-sized boot to make it a perfect vehicle foe a country weekend away while the big city commute is handled with equal aplomb thanks to sharp handling and a tight turning circle.
With a something for everyone approach, there are 13 variants, including four models featuring the company’s advanced Allgrip all-wheel drive system.
Another innovation is the world’s first double sliding panoramic sunroof, which comes as standard on all SZ5 models. SZ5 and SZ-T also come with dab radio and satellite navigation as standard.
Four levels of specification are available and there are two CVT semi-automatics while six-speed gearboxes are fitted to the top six of the range.
1.5 litre petrol and 1.6 litre DDS engines are featured, with the diesel boasting class-leading low emissions and an easy on the wallet 67.2 mpg in the combined cycle.
The car handles well and suspension settings aare pliant enough to soak up the bumps and ridges of even the worst maintained country lanes and green roads.
Cited top speeds range from 104 to 11 mph dependent on model while 62 mph is reached in 11.8 to 13 seconds.
Easy on the eye and easy to drive, here’s proof that budget motoring can still be pleasant.