The Suzuki S-Cross GLX has been a member of the CarAdvice long-term fleet for a while now.
Over the past couple of months we’ve tested it out by loading a mountain bike on the roof and loaning it to pro-bodyboarder Lachlan Cramsie to get his perspective on the little SUV.
Though well-kitted out and good value for money, the S-Cross GLX is let down by what’s under the bonnet. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) produces 86kW at 6000rpm and 156Nm at 4400rpm and struggles up hills and off the line.
But when it comes to practicality, the S-Cross shines. If you’re after a solid runabout that is uncomplicated and simple to learn your way around, this should be on your shopping list.
For older drivers, it’s easy to get in and out of and would also suit young drivers or a small family.
To get a fresh perspective from a young driver, pro-bodyboarder Lachlan Cramsie spent a few days behind the wheel and he loved it.
Having stepped out of an older, second-hand car, Lachlan was impressed with the satellite navigation, phone and audio connectivity and the stereo.
He’s also a volunteer lifeguard and occasionally tows a jetski, so the S-Cross’s ability to handle the extra weight was also welcome.
He was reluctant to hand it back, and at the end of the loan-term, so were we.