The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross range begins at a palatable £14,999, but we suspect that the 1.0-litre petrol SZ4 at that price point will go all but ignored except on advertisements.

The meat of the range begins at £18,500k, for a 1.0-litre petrol engine in SZ-T specification. Diesel versions command a £2k premium, which brings around a bit of a dilemma.

Ideally you want to opt for an SZ4 model, as it offers a sensible level of kit with an acceptable price tag

Even with the diesel’s remarkable lack of thirst and lower CO2 output of 110g/km (as opposed to 127g/km), it’ll take a while to make up that cost difference.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that the 1.6 diesel with front-wheel drive sits in insurance group 20 rather than the petrol’s 13 (the four-wheel-drive diesel goes into group 18, strangely), although both have the same 12,500-mile service intervals. All versions should prove very reliable, however.

Residual values should compare well with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, but the Kia Sportage holds its value better in the long run.


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