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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross and Chevrolet Trax in comparison: small SUVs that can do anything

Beate Jeske
Suzuki SX4 S-Cross and Chevrolet Trax in comparison
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The so-called golf class is still at the top of the buyer's favor, but is increasingly getting competition from a species that is similarly large and expensive, but more individual and diverse. The youngest representatives of the small SUVs are the brand new Suzuki SX4 S-Cross and the twin brother of the Opel Mokka, the C hevrolet Trax.

In terms of exterior design, both reach deep into the crossover repertoire: These include large wheels - 17 inches on the SX4 and 18 inches on the Trax - black plastic covers on wheel arches and sills as well as a roof rail. The slightly larger ground clearance and the short overhangs are typical of SUVs. For safe passage on bad roads, in easy terrain or in the snow, an all-wheel drive that can be engaged independently by a multi-plate clutch is available for both of them, although at the time of testing this was only available for the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross. A fact that we took into account when evaluating the vehicles; the points that the all-wheel drive brings in through better traction, the higher price eats up again.

Suzuki SX4 scores in the interior

From behind the steering wheel. The Chevy seats offer good lateral guidance, and there is even a lumbar support. The seating position is comfortably high, and the front view is good. Only the wide C-pillar restricts the rear view. With the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, the less pronounced seat cheeks, the significantly smaller adjustment range and the only flat adjustable seat are a bit uncomfortable. Despite the opulent panoramic glass roof, there is enough headroom, and the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross scores with better clarity thanks to an additional triangular window in the C-pillar. The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross driver looks forward to classic pointer instruments and a tidy dashboard with silver-colored design applications. The Trax, on the other hand, is satisfied with a simple digital speedometer, its dashboard and door panels are also predominantly made of hard plastic, but are mounted quite carelessly and not very precisely.

And how does it look at the back? Here the two offer everything that one can expect from an SUV of this class: on tightly padded onesBenches sit comfortably even for adults, and the backrests can be folded down asymmetrically to enlarge the trunk. Loading in works without any problems, because the openings to the luggage compartments (Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 430 liters, Chevy 356 liters) are practically wide, and the loading areas are almost flat when the bench is folded down. Both of them like to transport strollers, and child seats can also be securely anchored in the rear at the standard Isofix points, which gives both of them the title 'family-friendly' '> Engines for saving and having fun

For comparison, both have diesel engines between 120 and 130 hp that accelerate from zero to 100 km /h in a sporty 10.6 seconds. The somewhat weaker Suzuki SX4 S-Cross four-cylinder is somewhat more restrained in terms of both noise and consumption than the acoustically always present Chevy diesel. Despite its long final translation - 2,000 tours are enough for a speed of 120 - its engine and wind noises are simply too loud. The overly tight chassis design also passes through joints and bumps unfiltered, which can lead to displacement when braking in front of undulating curves. The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross does that noticeably better.

Is the better comfort, the somewhat high-quality workmanship and, last but not least, the more balanced driving dynamics of the Suzuki worth the significant additional price? Now it's time to compare: While the base models from Chevy and Suzuki SX4 S-Cross with diesel and front-wheel drive are still on par (21,690 to 21,990 euros), the price advantage of the 25,990 expensive Trax is 1.7 TD with all-wheel drive and full 'LT Plus' equipment its 28,990 euro “Comfort Plus” equivalent of Suzuki SX4 S-Cross exactly 3,000 euros.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is better equipped

But the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross has Among other things, xenon light, leather seats, the large panoramic glass roof, the two-zone automatic air conditioning and a properly functioning multimedia navigation system on board as standard. With the Trax, on the other hand, there is no factory-fitted GPS. The top-of-the-line “My Link” multimedia system uses a connected smartphone for navigation - provided the relevant apps, some of which are subject to a charge, are installed. With a comparable price /equipment ratio, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross as well as the Trax with variable interior, the raised seating position and the optional all-wheel drive are a serious alternative to classic compacts. The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross has significantly fewer weaknesses.

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