I previously said the AWD SX4 hatch was a bargain at $24,390 ($21,990 for GLX model in QLD), so you should have seen my face when I read the starting price for the 2WD range, $19,990! (for the manual sedan/hatch).
A Japanese car with dual airbags, an eight-speaker MP3 compatible audio system, air-conditioning and most importantly, excellent driving dynamics, for less than 20g? I can only imagine what the other manufacturers must be thinking right now!
I can't help but to mention this, again, Suzuki still hasn't given buyers an auxiliary input for the stereo system (no iPod), this should be at the top of the priority list now! I can't imagine not being able to plug in an MP3 player into a modern car.
There are two variants of the 2WD, the standard SX4 and the SX4S (or S series in QLD), for the extra $2,000 you get climate control air conditioning, cruise control and alloy wheels.
Suzuki believes the SX4 is a hidden secret in its lineup, and I agree. No longer do buyers have to look to Korea for a cheap family sedan to get around, the SX4 does it all, but with the reliability and class of a Japanese car (plus its cheaper!).
Prices are as follows:
- SX4 hatch / sedan 5-speed manual $19,990
- SX4 hatch / sedan 4-speed automatic $21,990
- SX4S hatch / sedan 5-speed manual $22,990
- SX4S hatch / sedan 4-speed automatic $24,990
- SX4 AWD 5-speed manual $24,390
- SX4 AWD 4-speed automatic $26,390
Expect a road test of the SX4 2WD sedan soon.