A massive update that brings the goods

Suzuki first launched the SX4 in 2006, offering the affordable compact in both a five-door hatchback and a four-door sedan body style. Then in October of 2013, the Japanese brand decided to revamp the nameplate for the second-generation changeover, ushering in the five-door SportBack model and creating Suzuki’s first-ever C-segment crossover. But now, the SX4 is need of an update, and with that in mind, Suzuki has released a face-lifted iteration for the 2016 model year. Included with the refresh is a styling overhaul, loads of infotainment gear, and a broad portfolio of gas and diesel engine options.

Unfortunately, Suzuki said it was discontinuing U.S. sales back in 2012, but the automaker continues to perform well internationally, especially with regards to the SX4. Also known as the Maruti in select Asian markets, the SX4 is one of the automaker’s most important models.

So what did Suzuki do to keep this compact crossover feeling fresh? Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross.

  • 2016 Suzuki S-Cross
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4(Est.)
  • Transmission:
    five-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    118 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    115 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    1.6 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    11 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    112 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; FWD, AWD (Est.)
  • Price:
    23500 (Est.)
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Exterior

2016 Suzuki S-Cross High Resolution Exterior
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Last year, we got a look at the new S-Cross in a series of spy shots showing a camo-clad crossover bearing what appeared to be rather mild updates. However, with the covers now off, we see Suzuki has actually been pretty busy with the styling.

To my eye, the new SX4 (and in particular, the new fascia) is vaguely reminiscent of a three-year-old BMW X3.

For starters, the front end looks brand new. The grille now uses bold, vertical chrome slats, rather than the horizontal design seen on the outgoing model. The headlights were reshaped into slimmer, more angular units, while the lower bumper was revised with a new matte-black design. Topping it off are muscular creases across the hood.

To the sides, we find a profile that’s similar to the outgoing model, although the front fascia now wraps into the fenders a little more completely. The roof line and windows give it a little visual rake, and the matte-black lower half continues across the wheel arches and side skirts. Silver plating below and silver roof rails above lend it a little premium feel, but cost extra.

In back is a tweaked taillight design, with LEDs used for illumination. Another silver skid plate is found under the bumper.

To my eye, the new SX4 (and in particular, the new fascia) is vaguely reminiscent of a three-year-old BMW X3. It’s certainly less cute compared to the outgoing SX4, and while most enthusiasts will knock it as just another ugly Suzuki, I think the styling will broaden the model’s appeal. It seems to bring more of those classic SUV cues, and even includes additional ride height (now up to 7.1 inches, which is roughly 0.6-inches taller than before).

Standard features include daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated side-view mirrors, and that matte-black underbody protection. Higher trim levels throw in LED projector headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, and rear privacy glass.

Interior

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As you might expect, the cabin was also updated this time around, although not as heavily as the exterior. Rather, Suzuki focused primarily on the materials and features. You still get seating for five passengers, plus a decent amount of space in back for whatever you need to haul around.

On the dashboard, you’ll find the inclusion of a new soft-touch material, which is also used to frame the center panel.

On the dashboard, you’ll find the inclusion of a new soft-touch material, which is also used to frame the center panel. On models equipped with fabric seat upholstery, there’s a new material there as well.

Higher in the trim-level range, you’ll find a very nice double-sliding panoramic glass sunroof equipped as standard. Pop it open, and you’ll get a sizable 560 mm (roughly 22 inches) of extra sky above your head.

Standard features across the line include Bluetooth connectivity, a DAB radio, A/C, seven airbags, and cruise control. Higher up, you get satellite navigation, a rear parking camera, front and rear parking proximity sensors, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, Radar Brake Support, leather upholstery, and heated front seats.

Drivetrain

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Thankfully, the new SX4 gets a whole assortment of updated gas and diesel engines, plus a variety of drivetrain options to back them.

The big news here is the adoption of the Boosterjet family of powerplants. First introduced in the Vitara S small SUV as a 1.4-liter engine earlier this year, the engine tech was later used in 1.0-liter form with the Baleno sub-compact hatchback.

All SX4 models get FWD as standard, but like any self-respecting SUV, AWD is at least optional.

Let’s start small with the new turbocharged, direct injection 1.0-liter Boosterjet three-cylinder. This engine offers the same levels of output as a naturally aspirated 1.8-liter four-banger, with upwards of 109 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque available with proper application of the throttle. That’s 9 percent more peak torque than the SX4’s previous 1.6-liter engine, and the torque now arrives between 2,000 and 3,500 rpm. The 1.0-liter also makes 11 percent fewer emissions (down to 113 g/km with 2WD and a manual transmission, or 119 g/km with an automatic), and returns 10 percent higher mpg.

Next up is the 1.4-liter Boosterjet, which produces 138 horsepower, and 162 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. That’s a considerable 17-percent jump in peak power and a massive 41-percent jump in peak torque when compared to the old 1.6-liter. The new 1.4-liter even offers a 4-percent improvement to fuel economy as well. Acceleration figures look like 10.2 seconds in the 0-to-62 mph sprint, with top speed pegged at 124 mph.

Finally, the old 1.6-liter DDiS oil burner makes its return more or less unchanged, offering 118 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 236 pound-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm. Standout features include a variable geometry turbocharger. Emissions drop to 106 g/km.

It should also be noted that all models, regardless of the powerplant equipped, get an auto start/stop system as standard, plus standard electronic stability control.

All SX4 models also get FWD as standard, but like any self-respecting SUV, AWD is at least optional. Offered on higher trim levels, the new SX4 gets Suzuki’s next-generation AWD system, dubbed AllGrip. Offering four selectable driving modes, AllGrip first debuted on the S-Cross at launch, but also came installed on the Vitara. The system uses something called a “feed forward function” that sends torque to the rear wheels before a loss in traction can occur.

Opt for AWD, and you’ll get less efficiency, although the loss isn’t as high as you might expect. The 1.0-liter gets 119 g/km with a manual, while the 1.4-liter gets 127 g/km with a manual (the automatic is only 1 g/km higher at 128 g/km). Finally, the diesel gets 114 g/km with AWD.

Prices

There will be three trim levels to choose from when the new SX4 S-Cross hits dealers later this month.

Starting things off is the SZ4, followed by the SZ-T. Topping it off is the SZ5.

Suzuki says the mid-range SZ-T was designed specifically for fleet buyers, but it will be available to the average retail customer as well.

Pricing starts at 18,990 euros, or 14,999 pounds, depending on the market.

Competition

Nissan Qashqai

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Originally unveiled in 2013, the second-generation Nissan Qashqai is stout competition for the SX4 S-Cross, coming to the party with several accolades to its name and a variety of different trim levels. Both FWD and AWD drivetrain layouts are offered, and buyers can pick between several different inline four-cylinder engines, including a 1.2-liter turbocharged gas unit, 1.6-liter gas unit, 2.0-liter gas unit, 1.5-liter diesel, and 1.6-liter diesel. Either a six-speed manual or a CVT is in place to rout the power. But while it’s nicely equipped, the Nissan is also more expensive than the Suzuki.

Read our full review on the Nissan Qashqai here.

Kia Sportage

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The Kia Sportage has been on the market since 1993, and now the South Korean automaker is set to bring it into its fourth generation. With a recent debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Sportage is vastly updated over the previous model, coming with sharper exterior styling, new technology and new options under the hood. Buyers can choose between five different engine packages, including a 1.6-liter turbocharged gas unit and a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel. Pricing is quite close to that of the Suzuki, so it’ll be interesting to see which model comes out on top in terms of sales.

Read our full review on the Kia Sportage here.

Conclusion

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Performing well in the compact crossover segment has never been so difficult as it is now. Demand is high, but the competition is both vast and unyielding. Thankfully, it seems as though Suzuki really stepped up its game with the revamped SX4 S-Cross.

The styling is improved, offering a nice set of traditional SUV-esque cues front to back. In fact, I’d consider comparisons to the BMW X3 to be more of a complement than anything else. This premium feel continues into the cabin, where you get more soft-touch materials and the latest infotainment stuff.

But I feel like the new engine lineup is where this thing really shines. The 1.0-liter and 1.4-liter Boosterjets offer a nice mix of power and efficiency, and definitely put the Suzuki out in front for the segment.

And that’s all good, considering Suzuki wants to sell 5,000 units in the next year. Frankly, I don’t it’ll be an issue.

  • Leave it
    • Very heavy competition
    • Are the higher trim levels worth it?

Press Release

Photo Credit: Suzuki

The S-Cross first went on sale in October 2013 as Suzuki’s first ‘C’ segment crossover model and now, three years later, the major facelifted model is introduced with more distinctive and upright front end styling offering a stronger and bolder road presence. Ground clearance is now slightly higher at 180mm versus 165mm and new design headlamps help provide both higher efficiency and a sharper look. At the rear, newly designed LED rear combination lamps are used to provide a cleaner and more contemporary style.

The distinctive new interior design utilises an updated soft-touch dashboard pad, framing highlights for the centre panel and newly designed seat fabric for SZ4 and SZ-T models. S-Cross offers ample room for five occupants with their luggage and the double sliding panoramic glass sunroof fitted as standard on the SZ5 model has one of the largest opening areas in its category (560mm).

The highly acclaimed Boosterjet engines first utilised in the Vitara S and Baleno models are also now available to demonstrate Suzuki once again as a true expert in the field of fun to drive crossover and four wheel drive cars.

2016 Suzuki S-Cross High Resolution Exterior
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Equipment specification – Highlights.

All SZ4 models are equipped as standard with seven airbags, ESP, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, air conditioning, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control with speed limiter, air conditioning, heated door mirrors, black protective skid plates and black wheel arch extensions.

SZ-T adds LED Projector Headlamps, satellite navigation, polished 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking camera, front and rear parking proximity sensors, Dual Zone automatic air conditioning, front fog lamps, rear privacy glass, silver roof rails and silver rear skid plates. Suzuki introduced the SZ-T model specifically with Fleet buyers in mind, although it is available to retail customers as well.

Equipment for the top of the range SZ5 model includes Radar Brake Support (RBS), leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, double sliding panoramic sunroof and aluminium roof rails.

CO2 emissions are low at just 113g/km for the 1.0-litre 2WD model and 119g/km with optional automatic transmission. The DDiS 2WD model achieves even lower CO2 emissions of 106g/km that result in an annual VED charge of just £20.

2016 Suzuki S-Cross High Resolution Exterior
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BOOSTERJET Engine.

Suzuki’s Boosterjet petrol engine technology was first utilised in Vitara as a 1.4-litre unit earlier in 2016 and the 1.0-litre version followed several months later in Baleno. After the debut of the three cylinder Boosterjet 1.0-litre unit this engine technology now continues for the Facelift S-Cross. Offering the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (1.8-litre), it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure.

Historically, power and torque delivery from a turbocharged engine would not have been available until much higher engine speeds, offering less flexibility to the driver.

This unit has an output of 111PS and is also Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC). The engine has very compact dimensions and offers 170Nm of torque available from 2,000rpm through to 3,500rpm. The 1.0-litre engine offers nine per cent more torque than the outgoing 1.6-litre petrol together with 11 per cent lower CO2 emissions and 10 per cent improved combined fuel consumption.

The 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine has a power output of 140PS and offers 220Nm of torque available from just 1,500rpm which is 41 per cent more than the outgoing 1.6-litre engine.

This engine is also 17 per cent more powerful and four per cent more economical versus the 1.6-litre unit.

The 1.4-litre engine offers strong benefits in performance too with a 0-62mph acceleration time of 10.2 seconds for both manual and automatic transmissions and a maximum speed (where permitted) of 124mph.

1.6-litre diesel engine

The 1.6-litre DDiS engine has a torque output of 320Nm from just 1,750rpm and uses a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT). The VGT gives optimal forced induction by controlling the flow of exhaust gases in accordance with the engine speed, thereby helping to achieve high torque, low fuel consumption and low particulate emissions.

An Engine Auto Stop Start system is used on all S-Cross models which shuts down the engine when stationary.

2016 Suzuki S-Cross High Resolution Exterior
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Four-mode ALLGRIP system

Suzuki evolved its renowned four wheel drive technologies into a new generation that delivers driving pleasure and peace of mind in diverse conditions while promoting economy and limiting the burden four wheel drive cars place on the environment.

Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system is available on SZ-T and SZ5 models. It has four driver-selectable modes for safe, enjoyable driving on diverse surfaces. It debuted in the S-Cross model at first launch and has proved very successful in both this model and Vitara. In development, the ALLGRIP system was enhanced by the addition of a feed forward function that allocates torque to the rear wheels before any slippage can occur.

Four-wheel drive is typically seen as detrimental to fuel economy and emissions performance. By contrast, Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system enables CO2 emissions that are remarkably low for a four-wheel drive SUV. CO2 emissions for the new 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol engine with manual transmission is just 119g/km for the 1.0-litre and 127g/km for the 1.4-litre. The optional automatic transmission equipped 1.4-litre model is only one gram higher. The S-Cross with 1.6-litre DDiS engine and ALLGRIP has a figure of 114g/km.

The facelift S-Cross goes on sale on 17th October with full year sales projection in 2017 of around 5,000 units. Road Test vehicles are available via the press office from late October.

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