The SX4 was launched by Suzuki in 2007. It was their small crossover platform which was later transformed into a sedan option as well as the addition of the Sportback option. This was their hatchback option and essentially transformed the SX4 into its wagon variant. The range has been very successful due mainly to the design idea of offering more for the money than the competition. A task easier said than done, but one that Suzuki has managed to make a reality in the SX4 line.
The Sportback hatch turns the small crossover into a worthy player in the sport hatchback segment. The ride height is lowered to the sedans height and then stiffer spring rates and anti roll bars are added to offer a firmer, and therefore sportier ride. In all wheel drive format the SX4 becomes the least expensive production car to have an all wheel drive system. Interior space is also a highlight of the SX4, including materials that have the look and feel of more expensive pieces. The standard 2.0 liter engine is used in all configurations of the SX4.
Bodystyles: 4-door hatchback
Engines: 2.0L I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, CVT
Models: SportBack GTS
For 2010, the Suzuki SportBack receives new styling, a new 150-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, and two new transmissions. Interior features are improved and the new SportBack variant adds an areo kit that gives it more presence.
The SX4 SportBack ditches the roof racks for an aero kit and a lowered stance.
Both Crossover and SportBack feature quality interiors, with solid materials and room for taller drivers. A new gauge cluster and increased navigation functionality, standard features are many.
Performance & Handling
The SX4 crossover's optional all-wheel drive adds over 100 pounds to the vehicle's curb weight, making the vehicle feel less nimble and slower to get to speed than front-wheel drive versions. The Sportback feels lively and peppy, with stiffer suspension settings and a lower stance. The new 150-horsepower 2.0-liter engine is a much-needed improvement over the old unit, as is the new six-speed manual and new CVT transmission.
All SX4 Crossover models feature standard stability control, as does the SportBack GTS. Each vehicle also receives standard driver and front passenger front, side, and curtain airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
22 mpg city/30 mpg highway
- All-wheel drive on a budget
- Feature-laden interior
- Improved characteristics
- New engine/transmission options
You Won't Like
- On the heavy side with AWD
- Engine could still use more power
- Basic stereo not impressive
The cheapest AWD option available
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