As before, the S-Cross is pretty much identically priced to its similarly-sized Suzuki Vitara Crossover counterpart. Yes, the Vitara offers trendier looks - but it's also got less luggage space too. S-Cross prices sit in the £15,000 to £25,000 bracket, but diesel models start up at around £20,000. The ALLGRIP 4WD system commands a premium of around £1,800. There are three trim levels, SZ4, SZ-T and SZ5, and all models are well equipped. Even the base SZ4 gets 16-inch alloys, air-conditioning, cruise control, seven airbags, black protrective skidplates, black wheelarch extensions, front and rear electric windows, heated door mirrors, a DAB radio and a USB socket. There's also a model designed to target the fleet market, the SZT trim featuring 17-inch wheels, silver roof rails, skid plates, satellite navigation, dual-zone air con, DAB radio, plus a keyless entry and start system. The range-topping SZ5 gets high-intensity-discharge headlamps, leather upholstery and a huge twin-panel sunroof.
Key rivals include the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. Maybe these alternatives don't represent really direct competition (because you can buy relatively well-equipped versions of the S-Cross for what these rivals charge for entry-level cars) but close enough for the Suzuki to really have to earn its corn on merit alone.