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Suzuki SX4 Review & Road Test
Suzuki SX4 Review & Road Test

Suzuki has refined its already impressive SX4.

Model Tested:

  • 2010 Suzuki SX4 Hatch 2WD; 2.0-litre four-cylinder; six-speed manual: $20,490
  • 2010 Suzuki SX4 Hatch AWD; 2.0-litre four-cylinder; CVT: $25,690

Options:

  • SX4 AWD – CVT: $2,000

CarAdvice Rating:

Spending two weeks in two Suzuki SX4s wasn’t exactly my idea of fun, considering Easter was in the middle of the loans and that meant hauling the car-laden family across the state to see relatives.

It didn’t take long before my fears were banished and I realised how much of an improvement the revised SX4 is over its predecessor.

My first tenure was in the automatic SX4. The four-speed automatic has been ditched for a clever and very functional Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The CVT’s infinite gear ratio configuration means that power is available almost instantly at any point during acceleration.

Suzuki SX4 Review & Road Test
Suzuki SX4 Review & Road Test
Suzuki SX4 Review & Road Test
Suzuki SX4 Review & Road Test

The strength of the SX4’s engine is proportional to its revolutions. When power is required, a quick stab of the throttle has the engine revolutions jump into the higher end of the rev range and instant torque is on hand. This was the SX4’s main downside prior to the upgrade, especially when it came to large hills and overtaking.

Subtle exterior and interior changes give the SX4 a fresh look. Despite its current stint on the market, the SX4 is still a handsome looking vehicle. The design is unisex and won’t have guys discounted as gals at first glance.

All-wheel-drive SX4 variants pick up plastic wheel arch guards in addition to alloy wheels for the top spec model.

Inside the cabin you will find Suzuki’s modest, yet functional layout of instruments. The easy to use and find-at-a-glance controls make doing things while on the move an easy task. A great sound system with a 9-speaker CD-player will win over audio-philes, in addition to the auxiliary input jack as standard fitment across the range.

Rear leg room is very reasonable for a car of this size. I carted around four adults on drives of no more than two hours with few complaints. Head room in both the front and rear is exceptional, with a high roofline aiding entry and egress.

The driving position is commanding, but still quite sporty at the same time. The driver sits low to the ground, but has exceptional visibility out the front, rear and sides.

Suzuki SX4 Review & Road Test
Suzuki SX4 Review & Road Test
Suzuki SX4 Review & Road Test
Suzuki SX4 Review & Road Test

The suspension has been tuned for comfort, working to soak up bumps in the road and the types of B-grade gravel roads you would expect in rural areas.

Braking is taken care of by four wheel disc brakes that offer progressive brake feel and plenty of feedback through the pedal.

While the four-wheel-drive system in the SX4 won’t transform the small Suzuki into a rock-hopper, it helps in situations where traction is limited and assistance is required to traverse slippery surfaces.

During the SX4 launch, we had the chance to drive up a damp grass hill that was impossible to climb in two-wheel-drive mode. When switched to the automatic slip sensing four-wheel-drive mode, the system engages the rear axle by virtue of an automatic clutch, allowing up to 50% of the available torque to reach the rear wheels.

Where the automatic SX4 felt lively and sporty, the two-wheel-drive manual variant we tested felt lethargic and gutless in comparison. The CVT reaps the most out of the SX4’s four-cylinder engine, where the manual variant feels as though it is constantly being worked to achieve results.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a sixth gear though as most vehicles in this segment feature five-speed manual gearboxes. The main advantage of the sixth gear is a reduction in fuel consumption in comparison to the CVT (7.3L/100km vs 7.6L/100km respectively).

Suzuki SX4 Review & Road Test
Suzuki SX4 Review & Road Test

Under the bonnet lives Suzuki’s revised 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine. It produces 112kW and 190Nm of torque. While the two-wheel-drive only models consume 7.3L/100km and 7.6L/100km respectively for the manual and CVT.Tthe four-wheel-drive models jump to 7.6L/100km and 8.0L/100km respectively for the manual and CVT. The increase in fuel consumption is due to the added weight of the four-wheel-drive components.

Manufacturer list pricing starts at $20,490 for the front-wheel-drive SX4 tested and ends at $25,690 for the automatic four-wheel-drive SX4 model also tested.

Standard features include: Front and rear electric windows, central locking, power steering, air conditioning, trip computer, MP3 compatible CD-player with 8 speakers, auxiliary input jack, front SRS airbags, engine immobiliser and Electronic Stability Control.

The S model picks up: Leather wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and start, cruise control, automatic climate control, MP3 compatible CD-player with 9 speakers, fog lights, side airbags, curtain airbags and traction control.

While the Suzuki SX4 doesn’t have the cachet of a Mini Cooper or brand image of a Mercedes-Benz A-Class, it does offer genuine and honest motoring at a reasonable price.

The four-wheel-drive variant also gives owners the ability to spend a weekend away camping and not have to worry about ground clearance or getting bogged in mild off-road terrain.

The Suzuki SX4 is the best of both worlds and is a car worth test driving if you’re in the market for a compact run-about that will last for years to come.

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    *Pricing is a guide as recommended to us by the manufacturer and does not include dealer delivery, on-road or statutory charges.


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    Suzuki Sx4 Specs

    GY MY10 : 2.0L MULTI POINT F/INJ - CONTINUOUS VARIABLE - UNLEADED PETROL - 5D HATCHBACK
    Car Details
    Make
    SUZUKI
    Model
    SX4
    Series
    GY MY10
    Year
    2010
    Body Type
    5D HATCHBACK
    Seats
    5
    Pricing
    New Price
    N/A
    Private Sale
    $8,580 - $9,750
    Dealer Retail
    $10,180 - $12,100
    Dealer Trade
    $6,800 - $7,800
    Engine Specifications
    Engine Type
    MULTI POINT F/INJ
    Engine Size
    2.0L
    Max. Torque
    190Nm @  4000rpm
    Max. Power
    112kW @  6200rpm
    Pwr:Wgt Ratio
    90.7W/kg
    Bore & Stroke
    84x90mm
    Compression Ratio
    10.2
    Valve Gear
    VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
    Drivetrain Specifications
    Transmission
    CONTINUOUS VARIABLE
    Drive Type
    FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
    Final Drive Ratio
    5.798
    Fuel Specifications
    Fuel Type
    UNLEADED PETROL
    Fuel Tank Capacity
    50Litres
    Fuel Consumption (Combined)
    7.6L / 100km
    Weight & Measurement
    Kerb Weight
    1235
    Gross Vehicle Weight
    Not Provided
    Height
    1580mm
    Length
    4155mm
    Width
    1730mm
    Ground Clearance
    175mm
    Towing Capacity
    Brake:1200  Unbrake:400
    Steering & Suspension
    Steering Type
    RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
    Turning Circle
    10.6
    Front Rim Size
    6x16
    Rear Rim Size
    6x16
    Front Tyres
    205/60 R16
    Rear Tyres
    205/60 R16
    Wheel Base
    2500
    Front Track
    1500
    Rear Track
    1495
    Front Brakes
    DISC - VENTILATED
    Rear Brakes
    DISC
    Front Suspension
    MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
    Rear Suspension
    Torsion bar, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
    Standard Features
    Comfort
    Air Conditioning
    Control & Handling
    Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
    Driver
    Power Steering
    Entertainment
    Radio CD with 8 Speakers
    Exterior
    Power Mirrors
    Interior
    Power Windows
    Safety
    Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
    Security
    Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
    Optional Features
    Exterior
    Metallic Paint
    Other
    Service Interval
    12 months /  15,000 kms
    Warranty
    36 months /  100,000 kms
    VIN Plate Location
    Driver Side Eng Scuttle
    Country of Origin
    Japan