Suzuki SX4

The Suzuki SX4 is a well-made and thoroughly competent small car. Considering it was built by a company that excels at making class-leading motorcycles, that fact comes as no surprise. Planetary demand is ample for Suzuki’s motorcycles; on the other hand, that’s not really the case when it comes to its automotive entries. Once the Suzuki SX4 was introduced to the market, a vast majority of the brand’s models were renamed Daewoos. At the same time, the SX4 made an important point – it proved that taking on the project itself meant Suzuki was more than capable of making good cars on its own. Overall well-made and competent in all the right areas, the SX4 serves as a reminder of what the small Japanese company could do once it set its mind on something. It was available in Canada as a new vehicle only until 2013, which is when the company, unfortunately, stopped doing business in the country altogether.

Reliable Power

Powerwise, the SX4 could be had with a single choice of engine – a 143-horsepower, 2.0-litre 4 cyl. that was either coupled with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy was identical no matter what your preferred choice of transmission was, though the all-wheel drive was an optional extra on the hatchback version of the car. The SX4 also comes with sufficient drivetrain refinement and includes such notable features as good fuel economy and reasonably responsive power delivery. The engine was similarly good on all fronts.

Sporty with Notable Interior Features

A platform that is shared with the Suzuki Swift is found underneath the sporty interior of the SX4, which is a good thing since the Swift was an award-winning vehicle that’s made its way into the hands of countless buyers across both Europe and Japan. Even though the ride was on the firmer side of things, it was never uncomfortable or bumpy. Uneven pavement and bumps on the road were absorbed with very impressive composure, with the addition of tight and straightforward steering. Altogether, this is a combination that provided a fun driving experience. When talking about what was particularly worth mentioning about the SX4, the interior definitely takes the cake. User-friendly, simple and sufficiently upscale, the SX4’s interior came with ample cargo space and passenger room. This was mostly thanks to a flip-and-fold backseat designed to be placed high atop the floor. The end result was so-called “stadium seating.” The SX4 could be had either as a four-door hatchback or a four-door sedan, with two different styles existing in both. The sedan was available as either an economical daily driver or a sport-trimmed four-wheeler, while the hatchback could either be a “Sportback” or even an SX4 Crossover – if you were looking for a taller ride height, all-wheel drive, and SUV-like body cladding.

Take Your Pick

Because you have so many options to choose from, opting for the ideal version of your very own Suzuki SX4 can be somewhat tricky. For example, the baseline sedan version came equipped with a tilt steering wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat, full power accessories and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. Both the sedan and Sportback could also be had with automatic climate control, a four-speaker sound system, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless ignition/entry, Bluetooth and an integrated Garmin navigation system. Similarly, an aero body kit, four-wheel disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels and a sport-tuned suspension adorned the “Sport” sedan versions. If you’re after a reliable and interesting piece of Japanese technology, definitely consider taking a bet on the SX4.