First Drive: 2008 Suzuki SX4 Sedan –

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October 3, 2007

2008 SX4 sedan. Click image to

Review and photos by Grant

Quebec City #8211; half the cars sold in last year were Throw in sub-compacts and that rises to nearly 60%. biggest selling car is a compact, the Civic. And among the 2007 top ten nine are compacts or sub-compacts.

Canadians like their cars.

And there are lots of to choose from. Even car makers are starting to get in on the action. Any car who wants to be successful in Canada has to have a compact sedan in its

Enter Suzuki#8217;s SX4 sedan. The follows by a year the introduction of the SX4 which in turn replaced the hatchback and sedan: a full without a sedan to sell; not one car in the with a trunk; not a good

Still, Suzuki increased in 2006 by more than And so far this year, sales are up 16%. Suzuki is counting on the new to push sales further, an anticipated 13,000 in 2007 to in 2008 and 20,000 by 2010.

2008 Suzuki SX4 sedan. image to enlarge

I don#8217;t Suzuki is being optimistic. on my first impressions of the SX4 sedan, has designed a vehicle that can with compacts that buyers would traditionally

Do a little on-line research our Buyer#8217;s Guide ) and build a before you buy. Believe me, need it. There are so many in this class, you will be able to sort out all the details in head.

A spreadhseet will that some compacts are and some are shorter, some are and some are narrower, some are and some are heavier than the Few, if any, will be

Few will have the interior (2,945 litres or 104 cubic or the trunk volume 439 L/15.5 cu. offered by the SX4. But most have split folding seats, at least optionally something the Suzuki does

2008 Suzuki SX4 sedan. image to enlarge

The 143 horsepower and 136 of torque offered by the SX4#8242;s in-line four cylinder is a bit more than most manufacturers offer, at least on base engines. While with more powerful are available from Honda, Mazda, Ford and GM, it#8217;s one from Suzuki.

Compare features: the SX4 has a full complement of gear including front driver and front passenger side-impact airbags, side airbags and anti-lock brakes electronic brake-force distribution. any vehicle from your that doesn#8217;t offer features as standard equipment.

as well, any compact that more than $20,095, the top you#8217;ll pay for a fully-loaded SX4. a buyer wants a bigger that uses more no one in Canada should be paying than $20,000 for a compact drive sedan.

But a thrifty buyer can be forgiven for a second look at the SX4#8242;s consumption. With a Natural Canada fuel consumption of 9.0 litres per 100 kilometres (32 mpg) in the and 6.5 L/100 km (43 mpg) on the highway for a car with an automatic transmission, and for the Sport model and manual cars, the SX4#8242;s fuel is a big negative.

2008 Suzuki SX4 . Click image to enlarge

Suzuki SX4 sedan. Click to enlarge

Items found on competitor#8217;s models, but not offered on the SX4 include manual seat adjustment and telescopic steering

For an additional $1,800 the SX4 Sedan adds a six-CD player eight speakers and a subwoofer and mounted controls on its leather steering wheel, automatic control, heated power fog lamps, aluminum alloy four-wheel disc brakes, a kit with front and rear and side sills and cruise #8211; a lot of additional equipment for

A four-speed automatic transmission is a option on both models.

the spreadsheet is complete, and under-equipped and too models have been my guess is the Suzuki SX4 will be there, if it hasn#8217;t been on fuel consumption.

Time to go and some tires, which in the SX4 case are large P205/50R17 radials mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels. Base get P195/65R15s on steel wheels.

Suzuki SX4 sedan. Click to enlarge

The first thing I about the SX4 is that it is tall and which makes it look sporty than a Honda less muscular than a but certainly more modern the dowdy and aging Toyota and Ford Focus, both of are about to be replaced by new designs.

But the roofline has some advantages: and egress to both front and seats is a breeze, the seating is high without cramping room, and the back seat is an … sized space plenty of room for legs, and shoulders.

With my long legs and arms, I wished for more in the seat or for a telescopic steering but overall I was quite comfortable my day behind the wheel of the SX4 Sport.

the upscale version of the SX4 #8216;Sport#8217; is a because in reality it isn#8217;t sporty and the mechanical pieces are the as the base model. It handles well, brakes with thanks to four-wheel disc and accelerates well, if not spritely. the SX4 excels is in on-road driveability. engineers have achieved almost impossible to achieve between road feel and comfort in an economy car.

The relays the bumps, cracks and through the steering and chassis a harsh or noisy ride, and a ride is achieved without soft or bouncy. Excellent absorber damping keeps the firm and level while body roll.

2008 Suzuki SX4 sedan. image to enlarge

In my mind, the SX4 should have been the SX4 Luxury, for the near luxury of equipment. Interior finishing is upscale, with durable upholstery and stainless steel-like You would be hard pressed to an eight-speaker audio system six-CD changer, information (a standard feature) and automatic control in a vehicle priced $20,000.

My feeling is that buyers will opt for the SX4 Sport#8217;s equipment. At $1,800, it is a bargain. And so it gives Suzuki a compact that can compete dollar for and feature for feature with the dominant players in the growing segment.

Price: $17,195 $20,095

On sale: Now

Notable: for the price, finely tuned comfortable and quiet ride.

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