Quite forgettable. Styling has never been a forté for Japanese car companies, especially for Suzuki, the new Kizashi concept notwithstanding. There is a reason why almost all the promotional photos and shots on TV spots all show the car from behind. The tail view of the SX4 is the best angle on this car. The front end is… yaaaaaaaaawwwwwn …excuse me, boring. Like Brad Pitt told Matt Damon in Ocean’s Eleven about posing as a Nevada Gaming Commission inspector, “be specific but not memorable…he’s gotta like you then forget you the moment you’ve left his sight…;” the SX4′s styling does a great job at being forgettable.
The front overhang is way too long and makes the car look like the SX4 is sticking its neck out. The window between the A pillar and the front doorframe definitely improves visibility, but complicates the lines. The rear end on the SX4 is the best part styling wise, but even that’s extremely unremarkable. This car is not Suzuki’s best design work.
Starting at $16,849, the SX4 feels a bit pricey, but it does have a well-equipped interior and more horsepower than a Honda Fit or Nissan Versa. Standard features included in the SX4, which are not available on either the Fit or Versa, are automatic climate control, rear disc brakes, and traction control.
On the flip-side the styling is unremarkable, the quality and material of the interior is less-than-great, and the lacking performance all make this a poor proposition. You don’t even get a whole lot of interior room for the $17k. Other subcompacts that offer you much more, such as the MINI Cooper, the Nissan Cube, the Scion xB, the Honda Fit, the upcoming Ford Fiesta, for example, all of whom beat out the SX4 on one or more of these attributes.
I would take a pass on the Suzuki SX4, or as my wife calls it, the Suzuki SuX4me. I was definitely less than impressed by its power, styling, utility and MPG. There are many more options for a subcompact these days, and Suzuki has not delivered a winner here. If you think I am wrong, tell me why and point out the true value of a Suzuki. I’m open to suggestions.
Suzuki SX4 Specs
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