The interiors of the S-Cross strike a familiar chord with the outgoing version. This is a good thing since it was a well-finished cabin that looked elegant anyway. The noticeable updates include a door armrest that’s now wrapped in leather, a smart-hybrid auto start/stop cancel switch and the touchscreen infotainment system which is now compatible with Android Auto (earlier only Apple CarPlay). The rest is the same. So, you get adequate stowage spaces on the lower centre console, inside the drivers central arm rest and the front door pads too.
Just like earlier, the overall fit and finish is good and there are lots of soft touch points on the upper dash and door pads. That said, we noticed some inconsistency such as the variation of plastic grain on the soft touch dashboard versus the hard plastic sections. Let’s talk about the seats now. Slide on to those large front seats with firm cushioning and you will appreciate lots of legroom, the high seating positon with great visibility, good lateral and thigh support, and adequate headroom.
Meanwhile, the large rear bench can comfortably seat three passengers, thanks to the superior shoulder room, ample legroom and adequate thigh support. However, headroom for tall passengers will be tight and there’s no rear ac vent here either. On the boot front, the S-Cross continues to offer 353-litres of boot space through a well-shaped enclosure that can easily swallow two large suitcases and some soft bags. Plus, the 60:40 split folding seats with the almost flat folding feature means the boot space can expand up to 810-litres.
Features that are unique on the refreshed S-Cross are the DRLs with LED projector head lights, two-tone machined alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, door armrest in leather, a six-speaker touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto compatibility (earlier only Apple CarPlay), smart hybrid auto start/stop cancel switch, and a new paint shade called ‘Nexa Blue’. You also get features like keyless entry and go, auto head lights, sat-nav, climate control, auto wipers, dual front airbags, and ABS with EBD.