The SX4 had fairly good build quality. The doors felt right for this size of car and shut with a sizable thud. Exterior panel fit was good, all the fixtures were installed correctly. Suzuki went cheap on the interior, though, with plenty of hard plastic pieces throughout the cabin. In these days where even compact GM cars are furnished with materials that feel more expensive than they are, the SX4 really underdelivers on the inside.
Interior Comfort and Ergonomics
The interior space on the SX4 is nothing too impressive, it’s what you expect from looking at it from the outside. The headroom is a little challenged due to the raking windshield and the legroom is adequate.
The rear leg room is on the smallish side, but again it meets your expectations since it has a short wheelbase. The trunk space also leaves you wanting more as well, but does fit two small roller suitcases without any issues. There’s some space under the floor boards where I was able to stow away and hide my laptop. That was cool. I do want to highlight how deep the front cupholders are, since my wife spilled almost half a bottle of Gatorade into it and nothing came out.
Nonexistent. I was surprised to learn that the SX4 had a 2.0 liter engine. I thought it was a 1.6 or something like that. Seriously, this car drove like a golf cart because I had to constantly floor the gas pedal. I did not feel the 150 ponies. Maybe they were half asleep. With such low power, you would expect the SX4 to have really good MPG…but it doesn’t. The FWD CVT automatic is rated at 23/30 MPG city/highway and I averaged about 26. Probably had to do with the drive all the way up to Tahoe and back, but I would have expected fuel economy numbers for such a small car and powerless engine to come in closer to 30.
True, you don’t buy the SX4 for high performance. But Suzuki’s TV commercials feature these cars in Superman capes, which kind of set high expectations.
The SX4 handled confidently on the road trip up to Lake Tahoe, over some pretty windy and steep roads. The suspension felt pretty tight and definitely not mushy. The short wheelbase makes this car very maneuverable all the way around. As I mentioned before, the SX4 gripped the road fairly well, I managed to keep all four tires on pavement throughout the entire weekend despite my best efforts to do otherwise. Handling is definitely one area where the SX4 exhibited a good degree of competence.
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