Is there anything interesting about its design?
I wish I'd been hiding under the boardroom table when the Suzuki design team was pitching the S-Cross Turbo's styling to senior management. Did it go something like this?
Designer: "From the rear the S-Cross Turbo has clean, contemporary styling. There's the tough looking cladding wrapping under the bumper and skirting under the doors towards the front. And this is where we've gone for something a bit different in updating the grille - teeth. Yes, a big shiny chrome-looking mouth. Everybody else is doing blacked-out grilles and big, body-coloured plastic bumpers, but nothing says 'upmarket, yet striking' like vertical chrome bars."
Board member: "Is it real chrome?" Designer: "No, it's plastic." This is where I start giggling under the table and security throws me out.
There are two grades in the S-Cross line-up - the Turbo is the base grade and above it is the Turbo Prestige.
Telling them apart from the outside is tricky as they look identical – the only difference being the Prestige has LED headlights and its 17-inch wheels are polished. And metal-looking teeth jokes aside they both have a premium air, it's just a shame that look and feel isn't carried through into the interior where the tone is brought down by hard plastics on the dash and doors.
The Turbo misses out on the leather trim found in the Prestige, but its cloth seats are tasteful. However, neither the Turbo nor the Turbo Prestige resemble anything answering to the name 'prestige'.
That said, the interior is simple and stylish with a sensible layout and intuitive controls. I like the flush-mounted touchscreen, and the analogue speedo and tacho dials are clear (not gimmicky). It's grown up, but basic.
How big is the S-Cross Turbo? Not very. We're talking 4.3m end-to-end, almost 1.8m wide and just under 1.6m tall. The C-HR is closer to 4.4m long, but pretty much the same height and width as the S-Cross Turbo.
How big is the boot? Gosh, you ask a lot of questions. We'll get to that in the practicality section further down.
As for colours, I thought I'd printed out the S-Cross spec sheet in black and white because the four shades available - 'Cool White', 'Silky Silver', 'Galactic Grey' and 'Indigo Blue' are close to monochromatic.