Review

Suzuki SX4 hatchback

Suzuki SX4 hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Low running costs
  • Affordable list prices
  • Good standard equipment
Cons
  • 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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2 / 5

No diesel option means Suzuki SX4 running costs are quite high

Engines, drive & performance

1.5 / 5

The Suzuki SX4 is most at home in the city, but gets quite noisy at speed

Interior & comfort

1.4 / 5

The petrol-only Suzuki SX4 is noisy at speed, with lots of wind buffeting around the windscreen

Practicality & boot space

2 / 5

The Suzuki SX4 offers up to 1,045 litres of boot space with the rear seats folded flat

Reliability & safety

2.2 / 5

The top-spec Suzuki SX4 SZ5 gets all-wheel drive for slippery conditions

What the others say

3 / 5
based on 4 reviews
3 / 5
The Suzuki SX4 is good to drive, well equipped and attractively priced. It also gives you 4x4 looks without the high running costs.
3 / 5
The Suzuki boasts an eager 1.6-litre engine that responds crisply to the throttle and is keen to rev. it's refined too, and not strained under acceleration. As for the platform itself, raising the suspension with the aim of generating an SUV-like stance normally has a detrimental effect on dynamics, so what's most surprising about the Suzuki is its handling.
3.5 / 5
The SX4 is a bit of an oddity. It's a five-door hatchback, similar to the Suzuki Swift, but it comes with a chunky off roader look and is available with four-wheel drive. The result is a slightly quirky cross between the two but it's also a success. It's practical and roomy inside, very comfortable on the move and handles well too with positive steering and an agile nature. The majority of models sold are only two-wheel drive and there are two subtly different body styles, one featuring extra wheel arch mouldings, roof rails and protective bodywork while this is absent in the more standard version.
10 / 20
The Suzuki SX4 is the separated-at-birth twin of the Fiat SX4, but apart from a good Fiat diesel engine, the pair are basically all Suzuki. Not something Suzuki can be especially proud of though. It's a not-very-good smaller Nissan-Qashqai-type-thingy.
What owners say 
4.1484848484849
4.1 /5 based on 33 reviews
61%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
23 Dec 2014
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