Nexa S-Cross: Creative And Inspiring

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The Nexa S-Cross is Suzuki’s attempt to capitalise on the increasingly popular small SUV class. It sits at the lower end of the sector in terms of price but it manages to offer a slightly higher ride height than some rivals, a huge boot and lots of standard equipment. For a small SUV, it’s also good to drive.

There are three engines to choose from: a turbocharged 1.0-litre, a larger turbocharged 1.4-litre – seen previously in the Baleno and Vitara S – and a 1.6-litre turbodiesel. Both petrol engines are available with either a manual or an automatic gearbox, whereas the diesel is only available with the latter – all engines get the option of all-wheel drive.

Nexa S-Cross Design

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The new S-Cross now gets a 10-slat chrome grille with a thick chrome surround. And unlike other cars, the chrome usage on the S-Cross does look in place. It  also gets a set of updated headlamps with new tech – LED projector lamps and LED daytime running lights. The DRLs in particular are a lot brighter and you can really see the new S-Cross coming down the road at a distance. 

Moving along the side and the profile, it stays the same but with new alloy wheels. Gone are those boring silver wheels on the older car replaced now with a set of 16-inch black and diamond cut two tone alloys. The design around the rear too is pretty much identical as compared to before with the exception of a new set of LED tail lamps.

Nexa S-Cross Engine

The car only get the tried and tested 1.3-litre DDiS 200 engine on the S-Cross facelift. As the nomenclature suggests, the DDiS 200 engine makes 200 Nm of peak torque and 89 bhp of peak power. As has always been the case, the engine feels great in terms of power delivery but does struggle slightly while on uphill sections at higher gears. The NVH levels too could have been improved slightly considering the fact that Maruti Suzuki is positioning this as a slightly more premium vehicle.

Nexa S-Cross Wheels

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The 16-inch wheels that we spoke about earlier now get a slightly larger set of tyres too. The 215/60 R16 tyres – essentially the same as the ones of the Vitara Brezza improve handling a little bit, there is still a tad bit of under steer as is expected. The ride quality on the other hand is just perfect for our Indian roads with adequate bump soaking abilities without being jarry or too stiff.

Nexa S-Cross Interior

Driving position 

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The S-Cross’s steering wheel adjusts both for reach and rake, while every model gets driver’s seat height adjustment. The driver’s seat is adjusted manually using levers; one for leg room, one for height and one for the backrest. A lever for backrest adjustment is fine but not ideal, because it’s not as precise as a rotary wheel. 

S-Cross infotainment

The entry-level model comes with a basic system that’s easy to get your head around. It features a simple monochrome display flanked by two rotary dials and various menu buttons. A CD player, digital radio, four speakers, a USB socket, Bluetooth, and a multi-function steering wheel also come as standard.

Ultimately, while impressive, the S-Cross’s more advanced infotainment still isn’t quite as slick as the touchscreen systems in rivals such as the Yeti and Qashqai. For example, in the Nissan’s case, mobile phone apps can be integrated.

S-Cross front space

Even very tall people will have enough room in the front seats of an S-Cross. There’s lots of head- and leg room, even on models with a panoramic sunroof. Both front doors have a pocket that will accept a 1.0-litre water bottle, and Suzuki has included a cupholder between the front seats. Between the driver and front passenger is a large cubbyhole with a flip-up armrest.

S-Cross rear space

The back seats are set higher than the front ones, meaning head room is tight for adults, particularly in models with a panoramic sunroof. 

Fortunately, leg room is much better, as is shoulder room. Two adults should be able to sit comfortably. Fitting three passengers side-by-side will be a squeeze, though, and the S-Cross has a pronounced floor for the middle passenger’s feet to straddle.

S-Cross seating flexibility

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The rear seatbacks split in a 60/40 configuration and you fold them down by pushing buttons next to the head restraints. This can be done quite easily with one hand, because the seat backrests aren’t particularly heavy or stiff.

The rear seat backrests can also be reclined slightly for improved comfort in SZ-T cars and above.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross hatchback safety and security

  • S-Cross comes with anti-lock brakes, stability control and emergency brake assist, which automatically applies maximum braking in an emergency.
  • There are seven airbags, including one to protect the driver’s knees, and two Isofix child seat-mounting points, too.
  • An immobiliser help guard against theft. Security firm Thatcham Research has run its tests on the S-Cross and the results weren’t particularly encouraging.

Nexa S-Cross Specs and Features

The Nexa S-Cross has 1 Diesel Engine on offer. The Diesel engine is 1248 cc. It is available with the Manual transmission. Depending upon the variant and fuel type the S-Cross has a mileage of 25.1 kmpl. The S-Cross is a 5 seater SUV and has a length of 4300mm, width of 1785mm and a wheelbase of 2600mm.

Conclusion

The S-Cross is hard to beat when it comes to value for money.

  • Cheap to buy compared with rivals
  • Good levels of standard equipment
  • Handles neatly for an SUV
  • Rear head room is tight for tall adults
  • Ride quality trails the class best

 


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