Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The SX4 sedan was significantly updated in early 2010, three years after launching in Australia. More than the typical cosmetic only mid life facelift, the SX4 received a new more powerful 2.0L engine, new transmissions and an update in safety equipment. Cosmetically, a boot-lid spoiler and larger 17-inch alloys (helping to fill out the wheel arches) improve the SX4’s looks.
Not so good Practicality must have won out over pretty looks in the design stage of the SX4 sedan. The People Mover like windscreen pillars, a high roofline and the large ‘boxy’ boot doesn’t gel quite together in most of our reviewer’s eyes (we universally prefer the SX4 hatch design). However, we should make mention that the sedan boot has almost twice as much cargo capacity as the hatch.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Quality fit AND finish. All the buttons on the dash are logically arranged and the leather clad steering wheel is a nice three spoke design. Standard luxuries include keyless start, digital climate control and a decent 9-speaker sound system. The front seats are comfortable; second row headroom is excellent and legroom is adequate for a small family car. Huge 515 litre boot will swallow a couple of golf bags 207 or bottles of 2L Coca Cola.
Not so good The thick front windscreen pillars reduce side visibility at a T-intersection. The SXR has a sombre, dark interior (however charcoal highlights on the seats and lashings of silver look plastic on the dash do help a little to brighten things up).
Performance

Performance

Good Quicker than before thanks to the new 2.0L four cylinder engine, which adds variable valve timing to increase power from 107 to 112kW & torque rises from 184 to 190Nm (over the pre facelift update). The engine is also quieter than before thanks to improvements in vibration and harshness suppression.
Not so good The SX4 still gets a little noisy at high revs but is a definite improvement over the pre 2010 model. Whilst a number of competitors are introducing smaller displacement turbocharged or supercharged engines (for even greater fuel economy gains) and diesel’s as well, Suzuki’s soldiers on with this larger displacement naturally aspirated unit.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Minimal body roll – for a sedate small family sedan; the light steering may not get an enthusiasts heart racing but for the intended market it suits the SX4 fine.
Not so good Ride and handling is on par for a small family sedan, however whilst the SX4 hatch is also available in four wheel drive, the sedan only comes in front wheel drive. However for the intended market (the SX4 sedan is less likely to travel to the snow than the SX4 AWD crossover) this is not a reason to look elsewhere.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Ticks the safety box with standard Anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brake Distribution, Electronic Stability Control and six airbags as standard. With the demise of the previous entry level grade the SX4 sedan now comes standard with impressively high levels of equipment. A CVT transmission replaced the previous 4 speed auto bringing a 16% reduction in fuel consumption (now 7.6L per 100kms); the 6-speed manual also dropped a respectable 10% in fuel consumption (now 7.3L per 100kms) over the outgoing 5-speed manual gearbox.
Not so good With the higher spec S sedan being the sole choice, the asking price for the sedan has crept upwards.