Plenty of crossovers have SUV-lookalike styling, but some don’t even give buyers the option of a proper 4×4 version.

Suzuki offers both two- and four-wheel-drive versions of the SX4 S-Cross, and at prices which are very reasonable when you look at the equipment fitted as standard.

The high-spec SZ5 model comes with satellite navigation, 17-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery.

It may be very light for a 4×4 and have a modest towing limit of just 1200kg, but what the S-Cross can tow, it tows very well. Performance from the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine is brisk, pulling from 30-60mph in 13.2 seconds.

At speed, the Suzuki feels stable unless the wind really picks up, and although the Al-Ko ATC sensors on the caravan detected some sway when slowing from motorway speeds, it was nothing to alarm the driver.

The handbrake kept car and caravan still on a 1-in-6 slope, and the Suzuki pulled cleanly to the top of the hill, the driver’s job made easier by the automatic gearbox.

Despite its small size, the Suzuki makes a reasonably practical tow car. We found room for almost every item from our typical load of holiday luggage, there’s a handy 12V socket in the boot, and the reversing camera is very useful when hitching up.

If you own a lightweight caravan, and enjoy touring in all weathers, the SX4 S-Cross is for you. All told, it’s a worthy winner of this year’s ‘Best Budget 4×4’ award.

Category Winners
2019 Up to 1400kg

Škoda Octavia

Hatch 1.5 TSI 150PS SE L DSG

2019 1400-1549kg

Seat Ateca

2.0 TSI 190PS FR DSG

2019 1550-1699kg

Volkswagen Arteon

2.0 TDI 150PS Elegance DSG

2019 1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2019 1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 SDV6 HSE

2019 Best Budget 4x4

Dacia Duster

1.5 dCi Ambiance 4x4

2019 Best Plug-In Hybrid

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

P400e HSE Dynamic

2019 Best Ultralight Tow Car

Seat Arona

1.0 TSI 115 FR

2019 Fuel Economy Award

Ford Focus Estate

1.5 EcoBlue 120PS Titanium X

Previous Winners

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport


Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE*


Skoda Superb Hatch

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG


Nissan Qashqai

1.6 dCi (130PS) Stop/Start System Acenta Premium

Up to 1424kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance


Jaguar XF

2.2D Premium Luxury


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Sport


Land Rover Discovery 4

3.0 TDV6 XS


Volvo XC60

D5 SE Geartronic


Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi Titanium auto


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI Sport 4Motion

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