Suzuki S-Cross Full Hybrid 2022 Review

There was never any doubt that the all-new S-Cross would prove popular when it was revealed late in 2021. With its new rugged exterior look, refined interior and improved spec, it was certainly in the running against some stiff competition when it came to choosing an SUV. As with the entire Suzuki range, safety was a priority when it came to design and when launched, the all-new S-Cross was the only car of its kind to offer ALLGRIP 4-wheel drive in combination with a (mild) hybrid engine for BOTH manual and automatic transmissions.

Now Suzuki have taken their self-charging hybrid technology to another level. The new full hybrid drivetrain has already proved extremely popular following its introduction to the Vitara range earlier this year so it can only add to the appear of the S-Cross and further enhance Suzuki’s hybrid offering.

Full Hybrid S-Cross - An Overview

  • 1.5 petrol engine with single 24kW Motor Generator Unit (MGU)
  • High-voltage 140V lithium-ion battery + inverter
  • Auto Gear Shift (AGS) transmission automatically shifts gears and operates the clutch
  • Both hybrid and EV (zero emission) driving for combined fuel economy up to 54.3 mpg
  • Two trim levels: Motion and Ultra
  • ALLGRIP Select 4WD - standard with the Ultra model

Auto Gear Shift (AGS)

AGS is a type of transmission which automatically shifts gears along with operating the clutch. It provides the direct driving experience and efficiency of a manual with the automatic shifting convenience of an automatic.

MGU (Motor Generator Unit)

Despite its compact size, the powerful, highly efficient motor generates a maximum output of 24kW and up to 60Nm of torque. It MGU allows the S-Cross to start and accelerate smoothly as well as run the vehicle alone (i.e. drive on battery only with an inactive engine) while creeping, cruising and driving in reverse for quiet operation and minimal fuel consumption.

Full Hybrid Driving Cycle

The new full hybrid S-Cross will deliver a combined fuel economy of up to 54.3 mpg thanks to Suzuki’s improved technology. To help you understand how the full hybrid works, we’ve put together a summary of the S-Cross’ driving cycle: -

Stop - All units stop to prevent wasted energy consumption

Start - The electric motor quietly and smoothly starts off the vehicle. The engine gently restarts via ISG starter motor function if the accelerator pedal is pressed beyond a certain extent

Acceleration - The MGU instantly assists the engine for smooth and powerful acceleration. While the clutch is disengaged during gear shifts, the MGU fills in the torque gap to provide smooth, continuous acceleration. The MGU adds torque to engine torque when the accelerator pedal is pressed strongly, such as when going up steep hills or merging onto a motorway

Normal Driving - When driving at a constant speed of up to around 80 km/h, the engine automatically stops and EV driving activates. When driving at a constant speed, the MGU utilises engine power to efficiently generate electricity and recharge the drive battery while also driving the vehicle

Deceleration - The MGU generates electricity from kinetic energy to charge the lithium-ion battery. If the accelerator pedal is released at less than approx 135 km/h, the engine automatically stops to efficiently generate electricity

Low Speeds & Reversing - When cruising at a constant low speed and reversing, the engine stops and the vehicle is driven by the MGU (EV driving)

Hybrid Drive Modes

The full hybrid S-Cross allows the driver to switch between two different hybrid driving modes to maximise efficiency and depending on conditions. In Standard mode, the MGU more frequently assists the engine for more responsive performance. Eco mode increases the frequency of EV driving for greater efficiency.

Standard ModeEco Mode
Accelerator ResponsePower is prioritised with more MGU assistance Efficiency is prioritised with more EV driving and later engine response to accelerator input
Air ConditioningSelectable modes:
  • Comfort Priority
  • Standard
  • Fuel Efficiency Priority
Selectable modes
  • Fuel Efficiency Priority
ALLGRIP 4WDSelectable modes:
  • Auto
  • Sport
  • Snow
  • Lock
Selectable modes
  • Auto

S-Cross Line Up

There’s no need to worry about added extra resulting in added costs because with Suzuki you get all the tech and spec you need as standard.


Standard equipment highlights:

  • 17-inch silver alloy wheels Aluminium roof rails
  • LED headlights and rear combination lights
  • Dual Sensor Brake Support (AEB)
  • Lane Departure Warning and Prevention
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • eCall
  • Front & rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera
  • Keyless entry & engine start
  • 7-inch smartphone link display including Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity
  • Dual-zone auto air conditioning
  • Heated front seats


Additional equipment:

  • ALLGRIP Select 4 wheel drive
  • 17-inch polished alloy wheels
  • 360 view camera
  • 9-inch smartphone link display with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity
  • Navigation system Leather seat upholstery Double sliding panoramic sunroof


There’s a choice of 6 exterior colour with the metallic options coming in at £550.

Suzuki S-Cross Full Hybrid Vs. The Rest

MAKE / MODEL (Petrol 2WD Automatic)ENGINE TYPEMPG / MONTHLY FUEL COST*CO2 EMISSIONS g/km / Company car tax band
S-Cross 1.5 Full Hybrid AGSFull Hybrid54.3mpg / £150 p/m118g/km / Band 28%
Nissan Qashqai 1.5 e-Power Auto Full Hybrid 53.3 / +£3 119 / 0%
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T-GDI HEV Auto Full Hybrid 49.6 / +£14 127 / +2%
Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDI HEV Auto Full Hybrid 49.6 / +£14 129 / +2%
Peugeot 3008 1.2 Puretech Auto Petrol 46.4 / +£26 146 / +6%
Nissan Qashqai 1.3 MHEV CVT Mild Hybrid 44.9 / +£32 142 / +5%
Mazda CX-30 2.0 Skyactiv-G Auto Mild Hybrid 44.8 / +£32 143 / +5%
Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDI 48V DCT Mild Hybrid 44.1 / +£35 146 / +6%
Seat Ateca 1.5 TSI DSG Petrol 44.0 / +£35 145 / +6%
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T-GDI MHEV DCT Mild Hybrid 43.5 / +£37 144 / +5%
Citroen C5 Aircross 1.2 Puretech Auto Petrol 43.4 / +£38 147 / +6%

*Based on 1,000 miles/month and petrol price £1.88/litre (AA Fuel Report July 2022) Information correct as at July 2022


The new full hybrid S-Cross is available to test drive now at our Suzuki dealerships in Keighley, Bradford, Huddersfield & Ashton Under Lyne.