14 Oct 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on SUZUKI SX4|

Jez Spinks

Suzuki SX4 pseudo-SUV

will launch its biggest car yet (the mid-sized Kizashi) in but for now the Japanese brand has unfinished in the small-car segment.

While the continues to kick goals in the car market with a 10 per cent the company’s SX4 has struggled to penetrate a defence that comprises the of the Toyota Corolla, Mazda3 and Lancer.

Suzuki Australia, believes it can double sales of the SX4 its first major update its January 2007 launch.

Cosmetic changes, though, are as as they come (mostly a grille); Suzuki says efficiency improvements brought by an drivetrain plus improved features will instead be the key to the SX4’s local sales

Suzuki says differentiation most competitors also a vital element, so the vehicle its pseudo-SUV styling, elevated height and choice of front-wheel-drive or or models.

It’s not a surprise the drive through Victoria’s Valley incorporated long of dirt and gravel roads to off the AWD version’s simple yet effective all-paw hardware.

Fling the SX4 a corner at a slight angle, some opposite lock press hard on the throttle and the system recognises the front don’t have sufficient on the surface and more torque is to the rear wheels to help the car out of the corner.

Any rally driver will you that torque, rather power, is king for such and the SX4 now has a little more to work

The revised 2.0-litre four-cylinder a lighter, alloy cylinder variable valve timing and a compression ratio that in slightly increased outputs of (up 5kW) and 190Nm (up 6Nm).

The is still not the most refined in the field, either, though a willing unit that most effectively with the new variable transmission (replacing a four-speed auto) that with fixed gear

Combined with either a new manual or that ($2000 CVT auto, fuel economy vary between 10 and 17 per cent on which model is chosen a range consisting of hatchback or FWD) and sedan (FWD body styles.

The front-drive and sedan manuals are the thriftiest at the auto AWD hatch the least at 8.0L/100km. The improvements are welcome, the SX4 is still thirstier than rivals that are both and heavier.

With no changes to the SX4’s or suspension, the small Suzuki doesn’t address some regarding its ride quality and

The rear suspension can still be by mid-corner bumps, while and potholes are not absorbed as well as could be on typical Australian roads.

Tyre noise is but wind noise becomes as speeds rise.

The SX4 is reasonably fun to on winding bitumen roads, with the AWD version that better traction out of corners. But the is gluggy and vague, while the SX4 the poise and sharpness of a Mazda3 or VW

The driving position is a ‘sit-on’ than ‘sit-in’ affair, and the wheel adjusts for height but not Some buyers will appeal in the seats that are elevated than in your small car, and the SX4 doesn’t cramped.

More storage would be welcome, and rock-hard dominate an interior that lacks inspirational design some minor updates to the

There’s decent space in the though, considering the hatch’s length(4.5m for the sedan), with the design providing generous The boot is quite small, but features a secondary compartment the flat cargo floor.

Value remains strong, only a minor price for the revised two-tier range starts at $20,490 for the front-drive $23,490 for the (best-selling) AWD hatch, and for the front-drive-only sedan.

The base FWD hatch sacrifices four (to feature front airbags for the sake of being a price model, but all SX4s now come with stability control.

up to the S trim level – for $3000 – brings the four airbags, 17-inch (16s for AWD, though), control, climate control, steering wheel, foglights and audio.

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