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Suzuki SX4 (2006–2014)

Last updated 8 May 2018

Reasonably spacious five-seater with a decent boot, strong and economical diesel, tidy handling in 4WD.
The boot has a high loading lip, originally you could not get a diesel with four-wheel drive but from 2008 you could.
Updated 8 May 2018

Report of right spring failure in a 2008 Suzuki SX4 at 46,000 miles.

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Introduction

'Cute and Chunky' seems to sell cars, particularly to women. Now that Toyota has abandoned the short wheelbase RAV-4, Suzuki has come up with a new 3-door Vitara with very similar looks. And, in collaboration with FIAT, also presents us with this cute and chunky 5-door hatchback called the SX4, built in Esztergom, Hungary.

It's likely to succeed whereas others like the Rover Streetwise failed because as well as having urban warrior looks, it's also available with four wheel drive so has the kit to act the part should the occasion arise. However, to make sure it gets a bite at every faction of the its niche market, you can also have it as a plain two wheel drive, as a two wheel drive automatic, and as quite a powerful, yet economical diesel. Not all at the same time, though, as the two permutations you cannot have are a diesel automatic or a four wheel drive automatic.

Suzuki SX4 2006 Road Test

Suzuki SX4 2010 Road Test and Video

Owners' reviews

4
Excellent, reliable and spacious, entertaining drive
2
Cheap looking interior, especially the seat; bumpy ride for backseat passengers
4
Great car with an updated gearbox that works well
5
Vey reliable, easy to enter and leave, economical, a real good car.
5
Very under-rated
5
Better than you'd think it would be
 

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