2007 Suzuki SX4 – Test drive and new car review – 2007 Suzuki SX4

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Korea, we have a problem.

high-value cars have been a Korean stronghold but now there’s a Japanese car breathing the Koreans’ necks. Suzuki’s new SX4 space, safety, value, a warranty and a high-fun-to-drive factor, something unique — — all for an unbelievable $15,594 and as-tested price). Alas, the SX4 has an heel: Fuel economy, EPA estimates of 23 MPG city/28 MPG highway, is to a small car.

Even so, the Suzuki SX4 is a pint-sized force to be with.

First glance: above mediocrity

Car-wise, haven’t been going well at Suzuki. Aside the Aerio (link goes to — an oft-overlooked and very vehicle — Suzuki’s car consists of the Reno and Forenza. originally designed by Korean Daewoo back in the late (The Verona. another Daewoo design, has been for 2007; call it a mercy

Driving the Japanese-designed and Japanese-built SX4 me wonder why Suzuki put their in the hands of these aging designs when their own are clearly capable of producing cars. The SX4 is brilliantly packaged, to drive, and it’s a smokin’ — not only is it the least all-wheel-drive (AWD) car on the US market, but packed with value.

wheel antilock disc side curtain airbags, air power everything, CD/MP3 — all this for just a under $15,600 including charge. That puts the SX4 on a with comparably equipped Accent and Kia Rio hatchbacks, neither of offer AWD. Like the the SX4’s powertrain is covered by a mile warranty, though it 7 years instead of the Koreans’ 10.


In the Driver’s Seat: Outstanding outside and in

SX4’s interior is and the dash is simple and straightforward

#169; Aaron Gold

we talk about the inside, talk a bit more about the My SX4 test car, pictured complete with body-color alloy wheels, aluminum-look trim and roof rails, was the model, with no options Hard to believe, eh? There’s an SX4 Sport with aluminum rails, fog lights, and features I expect in a car priced this Proximity key, automatic control, 6-disc CD changer, and stability control.

The base car is enough equipped — control was the only feature I and it’s optional — but the Sport priced just more, why bother buying the model?

The SX4 is small, just a tad than a Honda Fit. Not you’d know it from the The tall roof makes the seat feel like St. Cathedral. Vision is good, the two forward pillars sometimes visibility around sharp (link goes to photo). The seat sits high off the yielding lots of legroom the SX4’s short length.

If you’re sadistic enough to put passengers in back, the SX4 offers all shoulder belts and tall headrests that drop out of the driver’s view when not in You’ll also find child seat anchors at all positions. Need to haul The seats flip and fold to give the SX4 more cargo than a Ford Explorer SUV .

On the Lots of fun, but not too frugal

The SX4 is a little machine with its 143 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. The SX4 is low; at 70 MPH the engine turns 3500 RPM. The upside is I never needed to downshift on the either to climb hills or to for passing.

The downside is the noise: I kept for the shifter to change up a gear, to find I was already in fifth.

The AWD system delivers power to the wheels and automatically feeds it to the as slippage occurs. A console disables the system or locks it in

The SX4 has one major weak spot: economy. The big engine, low gearing and the of the all-wheel-drive system — at lbs, the SX4 is heavier than all of its — takes its toll on Even with AWD switched I averaged just 24.4 MPG in driving. Compare that to the 25+ MPG I in an automatic Pontiac G5 and 31+ MPG in a stick-shift Fit.

EPA MPG estimates are 23 city/28 highway 24/30 (automatic) — that to 30/34 for the manual Versa. 33/38 for the manual and 30/40 for the automatic Honda a much bigger car. One spot: The SX4’s small 11 tank makes fill-ups if a bit too frequent.

Journey’s End: low MPG, this is the car I’d buy

Suzuki SX4 rear view

#169; Aaron Gold

But the is fierce. My two favorites from are the Honda Fit and the Nissan Versa. trounce the SX4 for fuel economy, are surprisingly inexpensive for Japanese and with proper care will outlive your desert tortoise.

The Kia Rio5 is the SX4’s main rival Korea; it’s more and strong on safety, plus its inexpensive. (The Accent is a car too, but it isn’t available as a hatchback.) All of these cars one common disadvantage, though: don’t offer all-wheel-drive.

Even if they did, still take the Suzuki SX4. better looking, more fun to and has much more personality. if the fuel economy were of course at the SX4’s price, you can a few extra trips to the gas station.

love to see a version of the SX4 with a engine and front-wheel-drive, as I’m it’d get better gas mileage. offers a diesel version of the SX4 in countries, though I doubt be seeing that here. No I’ll take the 2007 SX4 just as it is. — Aaron

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