The Suzuki S-Cross GL+ Turbo was not a car I have ever been intrigued to drive, I have to admit! But if it is on your shopping list as a BabyDrive, then find out what I thought of it when I put through our testing…
The boot storage of the S-Cross was actually pretty good; it has a removable boot floor so you can either have underfloor storage or as I found, more boot capacity if you just remove it! The boot would hold 10 shopping bags in the higher boot position or 12 bags if you remove the faux floor!
I also found strollers fitted better in the boot with the faux floor removed; the Mountain Buggy Duet fitted really nicely with two shopping bags and the Britax Flexx single and tandem strollers fitted lengthways in the boot with five and four bags beside them respectively.
The Britax Holiday compact stroller fitted with 9 shopping bags around it too.
I did feel with the S-Cross the boot was slightly longer than that of the Vitara, only by an inch or two, but enough to give the boot more flexibility with the strollers. But this was definitely at the cost of the cabin space. The legroom was really bad with rear-facing child seats installed, giving only 19cm of knee room for the front passenger so a 186cm-tall person could not fit in the driver's seat!
There was slightly better interior storage in the S-Cross than the Vitara. The front passengers had a central console storage box, cup holders, phone shelf, glove box, glasses case and door bins, while rear passengers got cup holders, a map pocket and door bins.
The cabin storage feels plasticky to touch and the interior style and finish lets the car down.
There are three top tether points across the backrests of the rear seats and ISO Fix in the two outer seat bases. They are within plastic guides and were all very easy to connect to.
Two child seats fitted really nicely into the S-Cross rear outer seats using the ISO Fix with the top tether.
Very surprisingly I managed to squeeze three child seats across the back row! I did this with the Britax Graphene (rear facing) and the Britax Unity capsule, plus the Britax Maxi Guard Pro in the middle. You would definitely need to check your three child seats fit before buying them if you need this functionality.
The media screen is small but easy to use and has Apple Car Play and Android Auto. I found it easy to connect my phone to and the reversing camera was useful and quite clear.
There were very few safety features on the model I drove, so no parking sensors or lane departure warning sounds to worry about beeping!
The S-Cross was basic! That's how it felt. Like a basic little car that you wouldn't need to worry too much about. It looks neat from the outside and inside it's just a simple, basic car that is easy to drive, inoffensive and does the job! With the added bonus of being able to hold three child seats!