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2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover

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2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover Review

The 2011 Suzuki SX4 is a decent crossover that’s among the lowest priced compact hatchbacks available with an all-wheel drive system.

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Overview

All of the variants of the 2011 Suzuki SX4 match up commendably to the budget-priced cars from various other brands, and the Crossover is no different. The latter offers a strong value for the price, as well as a roomy and pleasing package, considering the fact that the cars have a very compact exterior.

Those on the lookout for car that gives good handling are likely to choose the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover. The car has good handling and is a pleasure to drive on both city roads and highways. The petite size of the car also enables for easy parking in congested areas. In fact, on the highway, the car is very stable and quiet. While there’s an undeniable spring-back reaction while turning around corners, the car, because of its stability, never skids or scuttles along the road.

The ride quality of the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is quite damped for a small car, but it measures up well to the refinement, except when the engine is pressed hard. It’s at such times that the car becomes quite hard to drive. That’s felt even when the rev range is pressed to the middle, anywhere above 75 mph. The wind noise is well suppressed and there’s not much road noise either. The plastics are hard-up and close but still manage to look good.

The Range

Body styles: four-door hatchback, sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter 148-hp four-cylinder; 2.0-liter 150-hp four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual w/OD, two-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
Models: Suzuki SX4 LE, Suzuki SX4 Anniversary Edition, Suzuki SX4 Sport S, Suzuki SX4 Sport SE, Suzuki SX4 Sport GTS

What's New

Rear seat side-impact airbags and larger rear head restraints have been introduced to the Suzuki SX4 for 2011. The available navigation system has also been improved and a new Anniversary Edition LE with 17-inch alloy wheels has been introduced.

Exterior

The exterior of the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover, however, is much more distinctive when compared to the 2011 Suzuki SX4 sedan, which appears a little too truncated and pert at the back. Many auto experts claim that the sedan will immediately vanish in the sea of the already available compact cars that are produced in hordes. The basic model of the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover has all the features of the midrange LE sedan.

Interior

The 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover has better seats compared to any typical budget-priced crossover. The seats are well bolstered up in front and have a nice, upright position. While the basic nylon seat fabric is not elegant-looking by any means, it’s nevertheless comfortable. In the back, theatre-style elevating seats offer less of a claustrophobic feeling and more of legroom, with enough space for two adults to sit.

The Crossover, however, suffers from a lack of luggage space because of the short tail. Luggage space is restricted to a mere 10 cubit feet, whereas the 2011 Suzuki SX4 sedan has a roomier trunk. In the Crossover, you have just enough space to put some grocery bags, unless the rear seat is split-folded to accommodate more space.

Suzuki has equipped the 2011 version of the Crossover with a Garmin navigation system. This is an optional accessory, and is available with the technology package, which can be fully integrated to the audio system of the car. The navigation system also features Google search, real-time weather and traffic update, and a host of other new features.

Performance & Handling

The 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is substantially more enjoyable to drive compared to most of its rivals and other small-budget crossover vehicles. The car comes standard with a four-cylinder two-liter engine that can generate 150 hp. The engine is fed by a six-speed manual transmission system, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available as an option. The car is also equipped with a four-wheel drive, while two other alternatives of the 2011 i.e. the sedan and the SportBack, are fitted with the simpler front wheel drive. The Crossover has a zippy, smooth feel for normal commuter-style driving, can generate significant torque from its engine and gives a good response to both the transmission systems. The handling is also quite pleasant in all the trims.

Safety

The car scores high in the safety quotient and comes equipped with electronic stability control. There are also four-wheel antilock disc brakes and the larger rear head restraints.

EPA Fuel Economy

Suzuki SX4 Crossover: 23/32 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Affordable AWD system for hatchback model
  • Good cargo capacity
  • Extensive powertrain warranty
  • Higher trim levels come with good navigation system

You Won't Like

  • Driving position has awkward feel to it
  • Cabin utilizes so-so quality materials
  • AWD models are limited in terms of gas mileage
  • Number of trim levels is confusing

Sum Up

The 2011 Suzuki SX4 is a decent crossover that’s among the lowest priced compact hatchbacks available with an all-wheel drive system.

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