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2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover

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2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover Review

Even with its faults, the 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is worth a look.

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Overview

The 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is a hatchback vehicle that falls between the subcompact and compact size designations. While its wider chassis gives it great handling and a more expensive feel, the 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover does have its faults. Cargo space is a bit limited in comparison to some of the other vehicles on the market, and the fuel economy is below average. However, if you’re looking for a vehicle that has great style and decent performance, the 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover might be the hatchback for you.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic transmission
Models: Suzuki SX4 Crossover

What's New

The 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is part of a newly expanded line of SX4 vehicles, including the SX4 Sport – the big change for the 2008 model year. Suzuki also slightly modified the Crossover’s transmission with a taller fifth gear ratio.

Exterior

The 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is a four-door hatchback. It is built on the Suzuki B-segment chassis, giving the small size of a compact, but with a wider body than you would find on your typical hatchback. Standard equipment on the 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover includes skid plates, 16-inch steel tires, a roof rack, intermittent wipers, a rear lift gate door, and power-adjustable mirrors. The Touring Package adds heated mirrors to the mix.

Interior

The interior of the 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is very clean. The CD stereo is compact and attractive, although it doesn’t have the auxiliary jack that typically comes standard with the vehicles in this class. Above the stereo sit climate controls with three simple and clearly-labeled dials. Unfortunately, the plastic interior pieces give the car a cheap feel and make the vehicle look a bit below its class.

The interior is spacious, and taller passengers will have lots of extra headroom in the front and rear of the vehicle. The driver’s seat is very upright, which may feel strange to those unfamiliar with SUV seat-styling. Knee room in the back is tight, although the high, bolted bench seat gives great support. There is a 60/40 split in the back seat that allows for 38 cubic-feet of cargo space.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover comes equipped with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 143 horsepower with 136 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual standard, and an optional four-speed automatic transmission. The sedan version of the SX4 gets better gas mileage than the 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover, but both are below average. Generally, an impressive fuel economy is not a feature you can expect from these vehicles.

The engine is pretty strong for a subcompact vehicle, although it doesn’t feel powerful in any way due to the vehicle’s massive curb weight. Additionally, the engine struggles as a result of the lack of low-end torque, meaning the SX4 Crossover runs as fast as other subcompacts with less-powerful engines. The 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover will run zero to 60 mph in 11.3 seconds – a pretty lazy figure. The five-speed manual fairs a bit better in performance than the automatic, so those who want a bit more push should stick with the manual gearbox.

The SX4 Crossover’s extra curb weight makes for a smooth and comfortable ride, as it ensures the vehicle hugs the road. Body roll is minimal when taking on corners, and the suspension handles bumpy roads like a champ.

Safety

The 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover comes equipped with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), front-seat side airbags, and full side-curtains for the rear seat passengers. Traction and stability control are only available as standard equipment on the Touring model, so you’ll have to shell out some extra dough for that little bit of protection. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the SX4 Crossover four out of five stars for passenger and driver protection in front-impact crash test, and an impressive five out of five for side-impact collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover: 21/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Lots of headroom
  • Extended powertrain warranty

You Won't Like

  • Plastic in the interior
  • Below-average fuel economy

Sum Up

Even with its faults, the 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is worth a look.

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