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2013. - Production 2015. -
J - SUV Vehicle class J - SUV
suv, 5 door Body style suv, 5 door
4 x 4 Wheel drive 4 x 4
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4300 mm
Length 4275 mm
1765 mm
Width 1765 mm
1585 mm
Height 1535 mm
430 liters
Boot (min) 350 liters
875 liters
Boot (max) 1260 liters
50 liters
Fuel tank 48 liters
Engine
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1598 cc
Displacement 1499 cc
120 hp
Power 105 hp
300 Nm
Torque 220 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1280 kg
Vehicle weight 1350 kg
13.0 s
Acc. 0-100 10.5 s
175 km/h
Top speed 173 km/h
5.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 4.9 l/100km
3.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.6 l/100km
4.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) 4.7 l/100km
114 g/km
CO2 emissions 123 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
kg
Vehicle weight 1370 kg
s
Acc. 0-100 11.9 s
km/h
Top speed 172 km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) 5.6 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.9 l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.2 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 136 g/km
Expenses
10900 EUR
Price from 15990 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the suv segment and utilize the same 5-door suv body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a FIAT-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 120hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 105hp engine designed by Mazda.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the Suzuki being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, CX-3 offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Suzuki does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Suzuki with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Mazda badge with 4.6 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as S-Cross rank it on average as 4.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Mazda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.5 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 173 kilometers per hour, 2km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 4.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (62 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Suzuki appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, S-Cross offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Mazda being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Suzuki. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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