Col Minessota6 months ago

There is a fabric roller blind that extends across the roof so you can cover it up if you want to, but it’s not the nicest thing to look at and the glass is tinted anyway. I have yet to use it in 1,500 miles of motoring.

Bri19875 months ago

Open or closed, the glass roof will cost you at least £2,250 as it is only available in range topping SZ-5 trim. Of course this does bring a few other upgrades such as parking sensors, heated leather seats, and HID projector headlights.

Gary19964 months ago

Curiously, and perhaps revealingly, I now find myself slightly disappointed when I get in a car with a glass roof and discover it doesn’t open.And as the weather warms up I suspect my opinion of the open roof will too. It’s not quite a soft-top but is a nice enhancement to a summery drive.

Mary4 months ago

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Pete_W4 months ago

Both fabric and glass are controlled by a simple switch in the roof liner. It moves forwards and backwards to move the cover or the glass and you can also tilt the first panel open by pressing the switch it in.

Mary4 months ago

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Red4 months ago

The SX4 is essentially a pumped-up version of the old Suzuki Swift with some 4x4 styling touches, a slightly more spacious interior and a higher driving position. In keeping with its looks, the car was produced with four-wheel drive, but you can also get a front-wheel drive model that’s cheaper to run.

Porker4 months ago

And then she went on saying that secretly she wished she could afford an £80,000 Range Rover Evoque. Er, £80,000? What’s it made of? Rhodium?

Gary19964 months ago

At low speeds, travelling with the roof open is very pleasant. You get lots of fresh air, especially with the windows open, and on a warm day it is considerably more comfortable than having an air conditioner blowing at you.

Matchmaker14 months ago

So I got stern. I said she should stop dithering about and buy a Golf diesel. It’s what I tell all non-car people to buy. Because it’s just 14ft of car. So she immediately went out and ordered an Evoque. And that pretty much sums up the pointlessness of motoring journalism.

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

A FRIEND called last week to say she needed a new car and was interested in either a Volkswagen Golf or a Touareg. Which is a bit like saying, “I need a new house but I can’t decide between a semi in Leicester and a six-bedroom Cotswold pile just outside Stow-on-the-Wold.”

MDG Ltd4 months ago

Anyway, that was then and this is now, and these days Suzuki is attempting to sell us something called the SX4 S-Cross. A name that would be better suited, I think, to a pushchair. The car I tested had a turbocharged 1.6-litre diesel engine that was terrible. Made by Fiat, it offered so little get-up-and-go that if I put my foot down in sixth gear at 50mph there was no discernible acceleration at all. Ooh, and it was noisy.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Unless you really need four-wheel drive, we’d recommend the SX4 SZ3 model over the SZ5, as it’s likely to be cheaper to buy and cheaper to run. Before you stump up the cash for a used SX4, it’s certainly worth seeing how much a used Nissan Juke or Dacia Duster would cost, as both outperform the SX4 in some key areas.

Porker4 months ago

So what’s it for? Well, in the television advert for the Suzuki S-Cross, a man uses the big glass roof to skilfully pilot a remote control helicopter as the car drives along. We don’t have a remote control helicopter at Parkers towers, but we do have a kite, and I can confirm that the S-Cross is one of the best cars I have ever tried to fly a kite from.

Matchmaker14 months ago

A glass roof is one of those features in a car that I’m always happy to see, a bit like heated seats or a bootlid that opens itself.

Red4 months ago

I was surprised by all this. I mean, the person in question is a successful businesswoman and mum. She travels extensively and is super-bright. And yet somehow she has managed to amass no knowledge about cars at all.

Bri19874 months ago

It’s why the Mini has been a success, and the Fiat 500 and, to a lesser extent, the Volkswagen Beetle. People said, “It has a vase!!!!” and bought one immediately. That vase was a stroke of genius, because nothing tells the world you don’t corner quickly more than a chrysanthemum on the dashboard.

Red4 months ago

If you find an older version of the SX4, it may be fitted with one of several engines that were replaced or withdrawn from sale during the car's lifetime, including a 2.0-litre diesel, a 1.9-litre diesel, or a 1.6-litre diesel. The 2.0-litre engine was the last of the diesel SX4 variants and returns 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km, which by modern diesel standards isn’t particularly efficient. A 107bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine was replaced by the more powerful version back in 2010.

Watergirl4 months ago

Which brings me on to the Suzuki SJ. It was introduced to the UK in 1982 and it was absolutely terrible. As a device for moving around, it was beaten by several other products, including the space hopper. It had non-power-assisted drum brakes, which is the same as saying no brakes at all, and leaf spring suspension — a technology dismissed by Fred Flintstone as “a bit old-fashioned”. The engine? Yes, it had one.

Watergirl4 months ago

With the Suzuki there was no vase. But there was a low price, so people could afford one. And then, when they took it home, they simply didn’t notice that it was terrible to drive, because it’s a car and surely all cars shake your fillings out and only stop when they hit a tree. Don’t they?

Watergirl4 months ago

It was an awful car but that didn’t stop it being a huge success among hairdressers, fitness instructors and nail technicians. They liked it because the roof came off and it looked a bit like the Second World War US army Jeep. Well, it did until they emblazoned the name of their play-on-words salon down the side. Hair Port. Fringe Benefits. British Hairways. You know the sort of thing.

Bri19874 months ago

All SX4s were came with six airbags, air conditioning and electric front windows. Bluetooth was available as a £250 option, so if that’s an essential you’ll need to check whether it was fitted, as it didn’t come with every car. The top-spec SZ5 came with alloy wheels as standard, plus electric windows for rear passengers and automatic air-conditioning.

petHead4 months ago

So what caused these folk to think, “Yes, I want that”? Simple. As non-car people, they see vehicles in the same way as I see microwave ovens. They are all basically the same. But then along comes something that looks unusual and they notice it.

Red4 months ago

Later my friend called from a Volkswagen dealership saying the salesman had suggested a petrol-powered Golf as it did more miles to the gallon around town than the diesel. Which, when translated into English, means, “I have a yard full of petrol-powered Golfs that I need to sell so that I can hit my monthly targets.”

petHead4 months ago

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Gary19964 months ago

While the engines may leave a little to be desired, the SX4 provides more interior space for the family than standard Swift on which it's based thanks to its tall stance. Sadly though, the boot isn't huge and the shape isn’t the best for loading akward items. Build quality isn’t hugely impressive and this is part of the reason that, generally speaking, Suzuki owners aren’t hugely happy with their cars, despite the brand's reputation for reliability.

Red4 months ago

She’s not interested — that much is clear. Well, I’m not interested in plants, and yet I can tell a pansy from a forget-me-not and a nettle from a giant redwood. In fact I’m not interested in lots of things. Sinead O’Connor, for instance. But I still know all the words from Nothing Compares 2 U and that her son is called Jake. As adults we pick up and absorb information even when we don’t want to. We can’t help it. I accidentally know a bit about ballet, for example.

Bri19874 months ago

The Suzuki SX4 was discontinued in 2014, with the final few new examples sold at the same time as the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, the SX4’s replacement, hit showrooms in the UK.

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R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

In the final few years of production, the car was only available with a 1.6-litre petrol engine, and it doesn’t deliver high levels of efficiency or performance. Tax of £145 per year is relatively expensive for a 118bhp engine and it’ll be difficult to achieve 40mpg in everyday driving. What won’t help you maximise economy is the fact that the engine also needs to be revved hard to get decent power from it.

Matchmaker14 months ago

As an added feature, the two glass panels that make up the roof in the S-Cross can be opened to reveal a 56cm aperture that sits somewhere between sunroof and full-convertible.  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

It’s not a bad-looking vehicle by any means, but it stands out from the crowd in the way a milk bottle stands out from the crowd at a milk bottle factory.

petHead4 months ago

As a car, then, the SJ was lamentable. But as a marketing exercise it was a masterstroke. Because, let’s be honest, no one spots a Vauxhall Astra and says, “I have just got to have one of those.”

Bri19874 months ago

Suzuki has tried to mask this problem by fitting a sound-deadening engine cover and a lined dashboard, but that’s like hanging a bedsheet over the window to keep out the sound of a neighbour’s son learning to play the drums. It’d be better, I think, if Suzuki bought its diesel engines from someone else.

FordOwner4 months ago

There were other issues too. My car was fitted with a satellite navigation screen that was like having a map of the world on the back of a stamp. And the seat was adjusted with a ratchet that seemed to offer two driving positions: flat on your back and bolt upright. And while the plastics used to make everything in the cabin would be fine in a utilitarian vehicle such as a tractor, they felt cheap and nasty here. So did the switches. And the boot wasn’t very big.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

The open roof also makes it quite easy to take directions from a photographer positioned on an elevated walkway while on a shoot, but as these are fairly niche requirements, I decided to go for a drive.

MechExp4 months ago

There is, however, some good news. Much to my surprise, Suzuki is still making an updated version of the SJ. It’s called the Jimny now, and it has beam axles at both ends, a 1.3-litre engine that produces about 1bhp and suspension that is flummoxed by absolutely everything it encounters.

Pete_W4 months ago

Suzuki describes this as the world’s first double sliding panoramic sunroof and promises an “invigorating open roof experience”. However, despite being impressed with its engineering, in January I didn't really see the point.

Col Minessota4 months ago

For non-car people none of these things would matter at all if the SX4 S-Cross looked amazing and odd. And … it doesn’t. It is a sort of raised, semi- four-wheel-drive school-run car similar to all the other semi-four-wheel-drive, raised school-run cars that every damn person seems to be using these days.

Col Minessota4 months ago

Although not worth the price premium on its own, the glass roof is a good thing and makes upgrading to SZ-5 spec even more tempting when viewed alongside the other benefits.

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