2008 Suzuki SX4 Sport – Test drive and new car review – 2008 Suzuki SX4 Sport sedan

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The Bottom Line

When the Suzuki SX4 hatchback (now known as the SX4 Crossover) made its debut in 2007, it quickly earned a spot on our Best New Cars of 2007 list — not just because it was (and, at $15,895, still is) the least-expensive car you could buy with all-wheel-drive, but because it was (and still is) a great small car: Brilliantly packaged, well equipped, and fun to drive, if a little thirsty for its size. So when Suzuki announced that the SX4 sedan (a.k.a.

SX4 Sport) would premiere in 2008 with front-wheel-drive, I was skeptical. So how does the sedan stack up? Read on.


Fun to drive

Lots of interior room

Handsome styling


Lousy fuel economy

No fold-down back seat

No trunk release on key fob


Suzuki’s new-for-2008 sedan version of last year’s SX4 hatchback

Replaces the Aerio as Suzuki’s subcompact sedan

Price range $14,895 – $17,585; price as tested $16,585

EPA fuel economy estimates 22-23 MPG city, 30-31 MPG highway

Guide Review – 2008 Suzuki SX4 Sport Quick Test Drive

With no all-wheel-drive (AWD) and a price tag just $500 lower than the SX4 Crossover, the SX4 isn’t nearly as good a deal as its hatchback stablemate. And yet it’s still a really enjoyable little car. It lacks the all-weather grip of the AWD version, but it’s still huge fun to zip around in. And zip it does, even with an automatic transmission, thanks to the 143 horsepower two-liter engine (link goes to photo).

That said, an engine that big for a car this small is overkill — I averaged just 26.6 MPG. A car this small should be able to average 30-plus.

I really like the SX4’s looks — the big wheels and plastic lower-body extensions work really well with the SX4’s short, stubby shape and tall windows. Visibility is great and the tall roof allows for a tall back seat. which makes for a great deal more legroom than you’d expect in a car this small — just like the hatchback. But the SX4 also commits several small-car faux pas — though the trunk is generous at 14.3 cubic feet, the back seats don’t fold down and there’s no trunk release button on the remote keyfob .

The SX4 Sport comes with power everything, a CD player. alloy wheels and air conditioning, all standard, for well under $15k. But the Honda Fit delivers all that, less alloy wheels, for about $300 less; ditto the Nissan Versa sedan for $500 less. Both the Honda and Nissan get much better fuel economy, and the Versa is roomier.

Even with its shortcomings, I really enjoyed my week with the SX4 Sport. Without all wheel drive, the SX4 sedan isn’t the great deal that the SX4 hatchback is — but it’s still a pretty darn good car. — Aaron Gold

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