Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Compact SUV styling works well with slightly raised ride height, body cladding and sporty roof rails. The clever transmission offers the driver the option of switching from 2WD, 4WD or locked 4WD for when the going gets tough.
Not so good Doesn’t set any new class-leading standards.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Very similar inside to the smaller Suzuki Swift (which is one of our favourite Supermini's). The quality is spot on with a robust feel to the dials and minimal panel gaps. There's good rear headroom and decent legroom, with the hatch having a flexible seating arrangement.
Not so good The SX4 is a level up, pricewise, than the Swift so we expected more cleverness in a compact Crossover; it’s all a bit plain inside with too much grey plastic and dark tones; no clever rear sliding seats.
Performance

Performance

Good 2.0L petrol has adequate power with a responsive feel. Early 2010 Engine upgrade brought along a slight rise in engine power and torque.
Not so good Engine gets noisier as the revs get higher.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Being able to select 4WD on dirt and loose surfaces gives the driver confidence, and it's safer!
Not so good The ride can get unsettled over rougher surfaces – suspension is too stiff.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Like most Suzuki’s ownership should be a painless experience.
Not so good Fuel economy can’t match competitors with smaller-sized petrol engines or diesel variants.