Suzuki SX4 Review | 2011 Crossover S AWD

4 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Suzuki SX4 Review | 2011 Crossover S AWD

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Willing engine, AWD spacious interior.

What’s Not

Big impede vision, not as big as some

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Style: Small AWD crossover

Price: $26,190 (plus

Fuel Economy (claimed): 8.0

Fuel Economy (tested): 8.3

The Suzuki SX4 is a useful jack-of-all-trades: a AWD hatchback that we found was as much at home tackling the commute as it is trundling down a road.

It’s not the most small car around, and you could mistake it for just another hatch, but it has its strengths.

For those to downsize into something Japanese reliability and AWD grip, not a bad drive and quite reasonable

Quality: The quality of the interior is good. The vast expanses of surfaces may turn off some but the SX4’s cabin feels and practical nevertheless.

Comfort: The seating position is upright, which has the effect of legroom both front and while giving the driver a view of the road ahead.

It helps when getting in and out that older passengers appreciate) and the high roofline ensures there’s plenty of But don’t be tempted to put three across the rear bench – they’ll struggle to get

Annoyingly, the steering wheel adjusts for tilt and not reach, and the A-pillars impede forward somewhat. On the upside, fold-down on both front seats some extra comfort on drives.

Equipment: Standard on the SX4 AWD S is keyless entry and ignition, control, climate control, power windows, central a single-disc CD audio system, auxiliary audio input, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Bluetooth phone integration and a USB input are missing from the spec sheet however.

The SX4’s boot is small the rear seats up, measuring 253 litres. Some extra space beneath the boot’s floor helps a little, but for meaningful cargo capacity you to fold the rear seats With seats down, 530 litres of storage space 992 litres if you count the area the window line).

Driveability: outputs of 112kW and 190Nm, the 2.0 litre petrol inline the Suzuki near the top of its segment for On the road though, it feels it could use more oomph low.

The CVT transmission helps the lack of low rpm torque by keeping high when needed, and is in ways preferable to the standard manual.

Wheel-mounted shift allow manual shuffling six virtual ratios; unlike CVTs, the SX4’s automatic is responsive in manual mode.

Refinement: The engine can sound coarse and buzzy when to work hard. It’s that isn’t helped by the preference to peg the engine at high when ascending hills.

also some wind at highway speed, courtesy of the high-roofed body. Our tester was fitted with a roof which may have generated wind noise of its own.

The SX4’s torsion beam suspension isn’t as sophisticated as the independent rear suspensions of of its competitors, but on-road ride is generally quite acceptable it also frees up boot

Rough, potholed tarmac can the SX4’s composure – it jiggle and bounce a bit if pressing on. at normal highway speeds on roads (even some of our Australian back-roads), roadholding and control is pretty good.

Normally front-wheel-drive, the SX4 Crossover’s system sends drive to the wheels should the front struggle to find grip. a handy feature to have on wet and gravel tracks.

Despite the tag there’s not much in the way of ground though, so don’t venture too far the beaten track in the SX4.

The SX4’s all-disc brakes well, and the brake pedal is weighted. Stopping performance on is good too, thanks to a ABS system.

ANCAP rating: 4

Safety features: The SX4 offers and passenger front and side full-length curtain airbags, disc brakes, ABS with Brakeforce Distribution, ESP with and three-point ELR seatbelts front and


Warranty: years/100,000 kilometres

Service Servicing costs vary, so your local Suzuki before purchase.

Subaru Impreza XV automatic – More spacious the SX4, but also markedly expensive and hobbled with an four-speed automatic.

A new Impreza XV is around the corner though, promises significant improvments. Impreza reviews )

Mitsubishi ASX 4WD Solid value, a nicely hatch/wagon, and a good performer. nearly a size bigger the SX4 and is more expensive.

It can be a little on coarse highway surfaces, like the SX4, lacks a bit of until it has a few revs on board. ASX reviews )

Nissan Dualis Ti AWD Another that is also more small hatch/wagon SUV, the Dualis looks and larger and is more spacious the SX4.

The Dualis has a pretty ride, but the Suzuki perhaps perkier on-road. It’s a between them that may down to styling preference and (see Dualis reviews )

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s Price and do not include dealer or on-road costs.


The Suzuki SX4 Crossover performs around town and is a good to a small conventional hatch. Its roofline and taller seating gives it a bit of extra appeal, as the flexibility and security of AWD – on the run to the snow or if getting a little off the track.

A small boot against it, but for couples or very families, there’s similar to a small hatch.

Although it a price advantage, it’s not as featured as some of the newer to the small crossover segment. little more than a 2WD hatch however, it is certainly

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