So for the people who currently own/TD a 1.6 S-Cross I'm pretty sure you guys must have cross shopped the other two , How do you guys think the car stacks up against them in the ride , handling and the performance department ? Any suggestions would be much appreciated . Thank You .
hi there, regarding your query about the ride and handling of 1.6 SCross.... recently my friend and I hunt down a 1.6 variant in Nexa dealership Kollam, Kerala
1.Performance: what the 1.6 outperforms its rivals is the low end torque . As it reaches 320 nm peak at 1800rpm there is plenty of torque even in low rpms which aids in city driving. (I ought to put this under the second tab Handling but needs to be said now bcoz its a TURN OFF. Torque steer and lifeless steering) Nexa claims that the SCross is R and D d exclusively by Suzuki and uses their technology but IMO
this car hasnt got the tech to handle that powerful motor.
Back to the ride the initial surge is marvellous and at 3500 rpm the power reaches its peak unlike the 4000 to 5000 rpm in vento etc. This unique tuning provides the lively feel for the engine
But the downside is that there is tapering of power after the 4000 mark bcoz its not actually a free revving engine as in the vento. So i had to quickly do upshifts till i reached the 4th gear while doing around 80. -90 kmph. The steering responded as if it had no connection with the car. It was also crooked to the right so i asked the advisor whether the alignment was off but he had no comments. I guess some part of the imprecise steering was bcoz of this issue.
Overall you get the peppyness of a petrol car as the low end torque but the complete lack of the powerful turbo spooling is evident
2.Handling and dynamics: Two aspects entirely dissappointed me .one was the imprecise steering feel as mentioned and other being the soft BUT comfortable suspension set up. While i was doing 100+ on highways there was torque steer , unpredictable handling due to the lack of steering response and the steering does not get tight in 100+ speeds
In 100kmph slotted in 4th gear the engine had beefy torque for more but then came the SCARY suspension . The steering needed continuous inputs to keep the car in line but the car had very poor straight line stability because the suspension is soft for a car with more suspension travel and i had to slow down at 120. Mayb on expressways one can exploit more .
But the silver lining here is a really pleasant drive comfort in broken and irregularly surfaced roads. It is far more comfy than a vento. It was really evident on taking the car via a rough strip of road which i often go through.
OVERALL THE CAR IS APT FOR CITY DRIVES AND ROADS WITH ROUGH TARMAC AND NOT SO APPEALING ON THE HIGHWAYS