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Suzuki S-Cross SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Suzuki S-Cross should be relatively inexpensive to buy and run

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Suzuki wants you to know that the new S-Cross has many of its rivals beaten for fuel efficiency. Its figures are impressive for a crossover; they’re more like what you’d expect from a family hatchback. Helping its cause is the Suzuki’s weight, as it tips the scales at a relatively light 1,300kg.

Suzuki S-Cross MPG & CO2

The mild-hybrid petrol engine in the S-Cross promises to be quite economical, with official figures of up to 53mpg for the Motion model. Choosing the four-wheel-drive trim level still means you’ll see up to 47mpg; even the most efficient non-hybrid Nissan Qashqai doesn’t reach 45mpg, so the S-Cross will be cheaper to run.

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If you’re after a car with four-wheel-drive, the 1.5-litre self-charging hybrid model is a shrewd option; Suzuki claims this model will return up to 54mpg in Motion guise (48.7mpg for the Ultra model). This is significantly more frugal than the four-wheel-drive mild-hybrid, though it only offers slightly better fuel economy and is much more expensive than the two-wheel-drive version.

CO2 emissions start at 118g/km for the self-charging hybrid Motion and 120g/km for the two-wheel-drive mild-hybrid model. That results in a mid-range Benefit-in-Kind band for company-car drivers, so it’ll be more affordable to tax than some of its closest rivals. If you’re a business user dead set on a Suzuki, the Suzuki Across plug-in hybrid offers a much lower rate of tax (although its P11D value is considerably higher).

VED (road tax) is £10 a year cheaper than the standard rate because of the car’s hybrid electrical assistance.

Insurance

Insurance groups aren’t available for the self-charging hybrid yet, however, all mild-hybrid S-Cross models sit in the relatively high group 22 – the equivalent Nissan Qashqai is in insurance group 12.

Warranty

Every Suzuki sold in the UK gets a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, which is pretty standard but nothing to shout about. The SsangYong Korando and Toyota C-HR get seven years and 10 years of cover respectively. You can add extra cover for an additional cost if you’re planning to keep the car for a long time.

Servicing

Suzuki offers a three-year service plan, with monthly payments to take the sting out of maintenance bills. Your dealer will be able to organise the service plan for you.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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