In the last month, the S-Cross was really put through its paces as a family wagon. With the festive season running full steam, the odd jobs of ferrying people around saw the S-Cross’ practicality pushed to the limits. And the car delivered well with its wide rear bench that can seat three abreast in comfort. I have to say that the seats of the S-Cross offer great back support and under thigh support. No matter how long the journey, the S-Cross will always seat you in comfort.
Another aspect I loved was the CarPlay system with voice commands that makes it a breeze to call people on the go and plan out your day. The system works very well in selecting songs from your playlist as well.
If I have a complaint here it is that the S-Cross’s clutch is a little heavy and this can become an issue in rush hour crawling traffic. The S-Cross also comes with electronic boot release and while this is convenient, a security guard slammed the boot lid shut over a bag strap at a mall. And it just wouldn’t open after as the electric lock refused to disengage, so we had to use a little ingenuity to get the boot lid open again. This can actually become an issue if, say you have a small kid at home who does the same by accident.
Over a weekend, a long distance trip was also thrown in. And here is where the S-Cross truly shines with its brilliantly comfortable ride that cocoons you from road imperfections. The engine offers great driveability over expressways, the only issue being some turbo lag until peak torque kicks in at 1,750 rpm. This will demand some effort from the driver while making your way over steep inclines cautiously or in traffic. Still, the rear disc brakes come in handy while using the hand brake while making your way uphill.
All in all, the S-Cross has been a great family car for both intercity and long distance drives. Thanks also to bottle holders on all doors, cup holders front and back, as well as storage spaces around the cabin.