Tips for buying a new crossover in 2016
Published 18/01/2016 | 10:32
New cars are flying out the showrooms this January. Maybe you’ve been holding back until the New Year to buy the new Crossover you’ve been wanting. Here’s a guide to buying one.
Space, drivability, power and safety; these are just some of the reasons to go for a Crossover vehicle in 2016. There are plenty of models to choose from , so here’s a rough guide of what to consider when you’re looking for a new Crossover in 2016.
The seating you require will depend on the size of your family and whether or not you’ll be ferrying more than 4 passengers around regularly or not. While there are many 6 and seven seater options out there, they increase the overall cost of the vehicle and increase the length and outer dimensions, affecting drive, parking and boot space. So unless you specifically require a larger 6 or seven seater option you should stick within the usual 5 seater Crossover.
2 wheel drive , 4 wheel drive or Both?
All wheel drive gives better traction and therefore more confidence over a range of surfaces. However, two wheel drive would be more than sufficient for everyday driving. When buying a Crossover it’s important to identify your actual needs as opposed to what you might fantasise about. When assessing whether you need four wheel drive or not, a good question to ask yourself is “how often have you been stuck in the mud in the last couple of years?”
It will depend on what you need the car for. If you’re going to routinely use the car for off road excursions, that is if you live in a very rural area, or you work in construction and need to drive on site a lot. The Suzuki S-Cross comes with an ALLGRIP system and gives you the best of both worlds. Most of the time it’s a 2 wheel drive car but the on board computer can detect different road surfaces and automatically switch to 4 wheel drive allowing you stability and peace of mind. The result is a car that can adapt to the specific surface or conditions from dry gravel to snow, wet tarmac, slippery leaves or muddy football field.
The Suzuki S-Cross comes in 1.6 Petrol, 1.6 DDiS and 1.6 DDiS ALLGRIP versions delivering 118bhp. That’s plenty of power both on city streets and on the trail. If you plan on towing horse boxes or caravans, you would be advised to go with a diesel engine as it has more pulling power. That said though there’s still significant heft in the S-Cross’ petrol version and it will satisfy almost everyone’s towing needs.
Petrol or Diesel?
A Crossover is a bigger car and therefore differences between diesel and petrol can be felt when driving. Petrol gives by far a more responsive drive while diesel is more economical and is harder working. The Suzuki S-Cross 1.6 Petrol version comes with 5,000 km free fuel. That’s a lot of driving. Imagine not having to dip into your pocket to fill the tank for 5,000kms.
Suzuki are world renowned for the drivability of their vehicles. The S-Cross is unique in the Crossover world, due to its low centre of gravity it drives like a car but has all the looks and space of an SUV. Many SUV Crossovers can be clunky when driving as they favour power over agility. The S-Cross is fun to drive and easy to manoeuvre.
Safety is always a primary concern. When driving a Crossover, especially one that holds the road in all weather conditions you might be inclined to take more risks. As with safety on the roads though it’s not only about what’s within your control, but other road users too. The Suzuki S-Cross is class leading with 5 star NCap passenger and pedestrian safety rating.
Japanese cars rule the roost in terms of reliability according to the UK reliability index and Suzuki consistently places high on the list. Last year’s Warranty Direct survey published by What Car? Magazine ranked Suzuki in second place overall across 37 manufacturers. The Reliability Index takes into account all factors of a repair including the cost of parts, frequency of failures as well as time off the road. Suzuki cars measured in the survey had an average age of 5.35 years, kilometres of 63,085 (39,200 miles) with time off the road of just 1.93 hours in the event of a warranty claim. There were no nasty surprises in store either as the average repair cost across the Suzuki range was €307 – the lowest of all manufacturers. That means piece of mind for Suzuki owners but it has a bearing on insurance costs also.
The benefit of buying a new car is that you get a factory-new model with zero wear and tear that is primed for absolute optimum performance. However, these benefits can be negated if the car’s resale value isn’t high on the model you bought. The Suzuki S Cross is a car that keeps its value on account of its outstanding reliability. Suzuki have built a small but loyal following in Ireland over its 30 years in the car market here and there are always fans of the car brand looking for used vehicles.
Crossover vehicles are some of the most stylish cars on the market. The Suzuki S Cross holds its own in the class and has a very distinctive, solid yet a streamlined, sporty look. Not overly long in the back the front is truncated for a look with real presence.
The Suzuki S-Cross wins hands down when it comes to retail price versus specification level, a balancing act that most manufacturers get badly wrong. Starting at only €20,995, the Suzuki S Cross beats every other car in its class. Suzuki are also offering 5000kms free fuel as well as 6 months free road tax for buyers in January 2016. It’s a very strong package for a car that offers some of the best value in the market.