Suzukis have a ‘feel’ to the way they ride and handle that is as distinctive as that of any Ford, Mercedes-Benz or BMW. Whether it’s a Swift Sport or a Vitara, there are consistencies that mean you almost know what to expect before you get inside.
The S-Cross is no exception. It steers with a pleasingly light but consistent weight and is moderately geared at 2.9 turns lock to lock. The pedal weights are nicely judged – light but with good responses and feel. The gearshift is positive and accurate, too. So far, so Suzuki.
What matters with the S-Cross is not whether it corners keenly or crisply, but that it’s predictable and stable. It is. This is a crossover, so there is some dive under braking, respectably contained though it is. Our tests show the S-Cross pulling up from 70mph in the dry in 46.8m, which is respectable, and in 52.5m in the wet, which is equally reasonable.
Initial turn-in is moderately quick as the S-Cross leans on its outer springs and dampers. At 0.81g, it can only hold modest lateral grip, but introducing mid-corner lumps doesn’t upset the handling balance too much. The S-Cross just remains a stable, stolid, understeer-biased front-driver.