Suzuki SX4 hatchback
- Low running costs
- Affordable list prices
- Good standard equipment
- Quite small boot
- Poor used values
- Expensive to run compared to rivals
“Easy to drive and comfortable on rough roads, the tough-looking Suzuki SX4 represents great value for money.”
The Suzuki SX4 isn’t long for this world, with the replacement Suzuki SX4 S-Cross being sold concurrently while the company runs down the stocks of the SX4.
It's perhaps best to think of the SX4 as an old Suzuki Swift on steroids – one that features rugged 4x4 styling, a bit more space inside and a raised driving position. But despite its tough looks, Suzuki offers both two and four-wheel-drive versions of the SX4.
In either form, performance isn’t scintillating and running costs are quite high – you’ll pay £145 a year in road tax and you won’t manage to get more than 45mpg in regular everyday driving.
Power comes from a 118bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine, which has to be worked hard to get the best from it and gets noisy as you approach a motorway speed-limit cruise. No automatic or diesel versions are available.
Two versions are available. The Suzuki SX4 SZ3 is front-wheel drive only, while the SX4 SZ5 is four-wheel drive only. Both models are adequately equipped for the price and truth be told there's very little difference between the equipment lists of the pair.
Both models come with six airbags, electric front windows and air-con, but you’ll have to pay £250 for a dealer-fitted Bluetooth phone kit. The SZ5 adds alloy wheels, electric rear windows and swaps the manual air-conditioning for automatic air-conditioning.
There's a decent amount of space inside for four adults – you can thank the SX4's tall stance for that – but the boot isn’t the most useful shape, being tall rather than long. Build quality is okay, but generally speaking Suzuki owners aren’t a particularly satisfied bunch, despite the brand's reputation for building robust and dependable cars.
Unless you really need four-wheel drive, we’d recommend the £12,500 SX4 SZ3 over the £16,000 SZ5. But unless you’re happy with the compromised ownership experience the SX4 provides, we’d suggest either paying a little more for a Nissan Juke or a little less for a Dacia Duster.
No diesel option means Suzuki SX4 running costs are quite high
The Suzuki SX4 is most at home in the city, but gets quite noisy at speed
The petrol-only Suzuki SX4 is noisy at speed, with lots of wind buffeting around the windscreen
The Suzuki SX4 offers up to 1,045 litres of boot space with the rear seats folded flat
The top-spec Suzuki SX4 SZ5 gets all-wheel drive for slippery conditions