How does the 2023 Suzuki S-Cross AllGrip Prestige drive?
While AWD cars are typically less fuel efficient than 2WD, this car has remarkable fuel efficiency at a claimed consumption of 6.2L/100km, which I found to be quite replicable in the real world.
At 103kW/220Nm, this doesn’t have the most impressive specs, but when we tested it out we found that it shifts decently well due to being pretty light, though it definitely won’t blow your mind with its straight-line performance. We tested its 0-100km/h sprint which came at 9.21 seconds. Like it said, far from mind-melting stuff.
I do like the driving characteristics around the corners, the AWD grip is certainly noticeable and the suspension has a pretty sporty tune, which helps eliminate a lot of body roll. This does lend itself to an overall harsher ride, and combined with the lack of lumbar support, longer journeys can be a bit of a chore in the S-Cross. The throttle response is decent and improves in Sport mode, and I did find that the acceleration out of corners was surprisingly good due to the increased traction from that “AllGrip” system, as we found out while taking it around our favourite double hairpin - Saucy corner. The steering is actually pretty well weighted as well, so the car definitely can be used on the back roads, and you can definitely have some fun with it as well!
My main gripe with this car - given that it is designed to be a practical, family-oriented car - is that it is lacking in many safety assistance features that we have come to expect from brand-new cars. It does have adaptive cruise control, which is good, but it is lacking in any lane-centering assistance, the lane departure warning is also mediocre, with only a text pop-up on the tiny digital screen in the instrument cluster.
During filming, we also noticed that road noise was quite substantial, this could be due to the lightweight construction, as well as the plethora of hard plastic surfaces inside the interior, which vibrate while driving and increase the noise floor within the cabin. This is why we always harp on about soft-touch materials, it genuinely makes a difference!
Overall, the driving dynamics were pretty decent, with decent acceleration from the 1.4L turbo petrol engine, good handling with sporty suspension, and a nice weighted steering tune. Where this car falls down is the daily driving conveniences and safety technology - which, unfortunately, the competitors just do better.