Review: 2007 Suzuki SX4 The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2007 Suzuki SX4

the Hell’s a Suzuki’s SX4? I it’s my job to know about things, but I swear the test car me upon my return from Old was the first one I’ve ever If first impressions last, tall, decidedly Japanese says Subaru Forrester Scion xA on the suburban side of (In keeping with the parlance of our Suzuki shuns the “w” word and the SX4 a crossover.) A quick walk revealed four big wheels, big disc brakes, a Prius double A-pillar and an AWD badge.

Could this sub-radar be a sleeper?

Every other vehicle in Suzuki’s domestic dorkidly screams nerd; the Aerio and Forenza all look awkward and four-eyed. The almost-but-not-quite SX4 offers a clear break its geeky brothers, and a much change of direction for the otherwise brand. The SX4’s sharp confidently displays the samurai-slash logo.

The handsomely sculpted hood is of Audi’s latest TT. Despite its of an intercooler, the lower-level air intake is EVO-ish. Not bad at all.

From the the SX4’s profile offers a amalgamation of standard issue sheetmetal and seductive designs lifted from a certain roadster. Clock the SX4’s black plastic wheel and the rear wheels pushed out to the From the back, black wraps around the faux-chrome

If imitation is the sincerest form of there’s a MINI blushing

The SX4’s interior is resolutely class; no effort was made to or disguise its inexpensive materials. The SX4’s designers used plastic palette to create a that’s a model of clarity and ease. From a handsome, sense radio head to funky air vents to a right-sized wheel, the SX4 proves that constriction is no barrier to good Sure, the helm and stick-shift are and the seats offer meager or comfort.

But this $15k vehicle is no box.

Such modest buys gadgets and gizmos AC, six-disc in dash CD, daytime lights, intermittent wipers, wiper, power locks remote entry, power with driver auto-down, a thermometer, four-mode trip 60/40 split folding seat, ABS with Electronic Distribution (EBD), six airbags and selectable AWD. An old S-Class less for more.

The SX4’s on-demand AWD system is a pukka party trick, of Subarus of yore. For daily the SX4 is a front-driver. Flip a switch the handbrake and i-AWD kicks in. In mode, 95% of the SX4’s torque is to the front wheels.

Should of the fronts lose purchase, up to 50% of the is sent to the back wheels. If you get in sand (posing for the requisite PR surfer dude pictures), you can to full-time four wheel-drive and up the transfer case for an even

And if you have to split in a hurry, the SX4 is a carver par excellence. The base blessed with fat 205 tires same size as a BMW 328i’s and a smartly-tuned chassis; the Sport gains stability control to this class). Surprisingly, roll and grip are never an Even better, the SX4’s and pinion steering is a revelation; the tiller inputs deliver an change of direction.

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Running in i-AWD I tackled my corners as fast as I could in my Subaru WRX.

And the hits happening. With a 2.0-liter I4 harnessing 143 scrappy little this little Suzy has guts. To gain access to the 136 pound-feet of torque, your never leaves the stick knob but A) you’re only against 2800lbs. and B) it’s

Short gearing ensures the engine is constantly on the boil, the user friendly clutch downshifting a breeze. OK, you can’t a zero to sixty in 8.3 seconds car but it ain’t slow neither.

There are downsides. The SX4’s especially on the highway, is rocky and (blame the torture beam suspension). Though the Suzuki’s note isn’t especially wind and engine noise are at speed.

The high-pitched squeaks tells you to buckle up, close the and turn off the damn headlights are awful. And 80mph puts 4000rpm on the clock; no car is more in of a sixth-gear.

For roughly the same as a Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit or Versa, the Suzuki SX4 provides a more powerful wagon — with AWD, distinctive and hoonery. If Suzuki creates driver friendly vehicles the SX4, they’ll finally be a brand worth remembering.

[Suzuki provided the vehicle, and a tank of gas.]

Listen to JL and RF the SX4 below.

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