Drive – Suzuki SX4 Review

25 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Suzuki SX4 Review

Bruce Newton

Suzuki SX4

new: The Suzuki SX4 has a unique system on its side, but fails to stand out.

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The SX4 is one of the first of a new breed of compact hatchbacks look like cars but offer a little extra height and all-wheel-drive grip.

The is that they are able to over into different of the market. The command driving attracts small-car buyers and the manoeuvrable and burbs-friendly size shoppers away from SUVs.

The Subaru Impreza has doing the same sort of for years. The Nissan Dualis, was previewed at the Melbourne International Show just over a ago and goes on sale later year, also fits the

The SX4 has been on sale since 1, but for the moment the range is limited to one model. Indications are that demand will leave waiting longer for their It comes with all-wheel-drive, six and a proximity key that allows you to and unlock the doors and start the car the key in your pocket – claims it as a first-in-class feature.

The for all this, some extra travel and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder wrapped up in a five-door hatchback is $24,390. That’s the introductory and it’s likely to rise Suzuki starts fleshing out the with two-wheel-drive and sedan

For now, this version is the choice, and its pricing places it out of of the small-car bargain hunters hence the rather mundane Liana continues on – and it directly against the base Impreza 2.0i.

The Impreza offers the boxer engine design and superior credibility. But the similarities between the two are undeniable, as is the Suzuki’s competitiveness.

Its system is called i-AWD. via an electronically controlled wet-type clutch coupling, it allows the the choice of front-wheel-drive, an all-wheel-drive mode or lock. All three are selected via a rocker switch on the centre console.

Auto torque to be split automatically front and rear wheels, or decreasing to match traction. means torque is provided to the wheels from start-up. At it reverts to auto.

On dry bitumen no point driving SX4 as anything than a front-wheel-drive. It grips handles benignly and is at its most Suzuki claims an 8.7-litre for the five-speed manual and 9.5L/100km for the ($2000) four-speed auto.

Driving the manual, we managed a tad over 10.0L/100km – a solid achievement considering the short-geared J20A engine and the kerb weight.

The switch to can be achieved on the run and this makes a lot of in rain, on gravel and when swapping surfaces. It certainly quickly and efficiently. Plant the on dirt and drive is quickly and diverted from the front to wheels.

What becomes when driving this way using the throttle hard is that the engine is quite and tends to start vibrating. It rev beyond 6000 rpm, but no real point as it does its work between about rpm and 5000 rpm.

It is a better version than previously sampled in the Grand No doubt a variable intake helps here. The manual is a neat and clean shift and the action well weighted and

In fact, the SX4 is better than you without actually being good at anything. If there are weaknesses they are the rear tendency to crash through on bitumen and an annoying amount of noise around the A-pillar.

The is a simple and straightforward Suzuki It feels a little lightweight, a tad – one of the air-conditioning dials off – and there is none of the that fellow Japanese Honda and Mazda present in interiors.

But plenty of storage opportunities There are door pockets cupholders, a storage tray the front passenger seat, a of bins in the centre stack and a glovebox. In the back there is one pocket and two door bottle-holders.

The seats split-fold and flip to increase the limited boot A mountain bike just in with its front wheel

There is space for two adults in the – but little headroom and the driver might get tired of poking into his back the soft seat-back.

The driver also wish for more and support in the seat backrest, cushion size seems right. The three-spoke steering includes controls for the audio and control – a system works very well, the car effectively downhill.

Cruise is part of a decent but compelling equipment list. omissions are stability control, a spare tyre and steering reach adjustment.

Something esoteric is missing and that’s The SX4 is competent without inspiring an response. Suzuki can do such – look at the popular

Add in pricing above the bargain and the SX4 could struggle for attention.

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