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Quick squiz: Suzuki SX4 sedan

By Chris Riley | July, 2010  

 

A real sleeper . . . the SX4 sedan.

Suzuki’s SX4 sedan has been largely overshadowed by the more appealing hatch. But for many people the sedan might be exactly the thing they are looking for – cheap, economical and surprisingly roomy with a big boot. It’s also a surprisingly sporty little car when you get it out on the open road, with excellent ride and handling.

? The all-new J20B 2.0-litre engine with variable valve timing represents a significant upgrade.

? Power output has risen from 107 to 112kW, while torque has been bumped up from 184 to 190Nm.

? Unlike the hatch the sedan is available in two-wheel drive form only, with a choice of six-speed manual or CVT style auto.

? The six-speed manual in our test vehicle was easy to use, but the drive experience was marred by a touch a throttle flair.

? The smoothest results were obtained by lifting off the throttle completely just before punching in the clutch.

? The CVT auto adds $2000 to the stickered price of $23,990 as well as on-road costs.

? Fuel economy for the manual is rated at 7.3 litres/100km and we were getting very close to that at 7.5 no matter how hard we pushed the car.

? It’s safe, too, with six airbags, electronic traction and stability control plus anti-lock brakes as standard – but it misses out on a five-star crash rating.

? What you’re getting with the SX4 is basically Japanese build quality but at a Korean price – not that they are too far apart these days.

? Sitting  behind the wheel we kept wondering what the catch was, what essential piece of equipment was missing?

? But apart from having to pay extra for Bluetooth and a full iPod connection there isn’t one. The first is $350, the latter costs $500 (both prices are too steep).

? The keyless entry system means you can open the car without getting the remote out of your pocket and you don’t even have to insert the key in the ignition to start the car.

? Cosmetically 17-inch alloys with 205/50s and a boot lid spoiler are part of the deal, along with fog lights and a leather wrapped steering wheel.

? Large exterior mirrors provide a better than average view of the surrounding traffic.

? Climate control air conditioning is included and you get a fully featured trip meter with temperature, instant/average fuel usage, distance to empty figures.

VERDICT

Not bad. Does the job of getting from A to B without any hassles and represents good value. Could be the perfect second car or commuter.

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