The 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport offers definite value with regard to the generous list of standard features that come at an affordable price.
The handling of the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport is good thanks to a firmer suspension and underpinning, albeit with a marginally bumpier ride. Even then, the absence of the steering-feel limits the fun a buyer usually expects to extract from a car of its class. Another drawback is the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport’s smaller fuel tank; it equates to more frequent refills, which is undeniably a hindrance during long drives. This also reduces the car’s range.
The absence of an exhaustive dealer and servicing network has been one of the major drawbacks of Suzuki. While going for the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport, ensure that there’s an authorized service station near your home. The car comes with a seven-year warranty and, should any problem crop up within this period, it’s advisable to take the vehicle to the dealer for carrying out the requisite repairs.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, CVT
Models: Suzuki SX4 Sport S, Suzuki SX4 Sport SE, Suzuki SX4 Sport GTS
New additions for the 2011 Suzuki SX4 include the introduction of rear-seat side-impact airbags and larger rear head restraints. Enhancements have also been made to the SX4 Sport’s Garmin navigation system.
With its assertive front end and creased bodywork, the SX4 Sport resembles the SX4 Crossover from the center pillar forward. The Sport sedan also has a lower ride height than the Crossover, as well as a firmed up suspension.
The S, i.e. the basic model of the car, is available with 17-inch alloy wheels and keyless entry. It has an aerodynamic body. The SE adds fog lights.
The GTS trim marks the highest version of the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport. It has keyless ignition/entry.
The interior of the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport reflects understated elegance and simplicity. Suzuki is renowned for making cars that have simple interiors with no cumbersome controls. However, the quality of the materials used in the interior of Suzuki vehicles looks somewhat cheap and jaded of late, as compared to the newer competitive models introduced in the market at frequent intervals. Nevertheless, the gauges are quite easy to read, and the car’s controls are intuitive in their operation. The navigation system, available as an add-on in some of the trims, seems more like an afterthought. The small screen is also a drawback. On the positive side, the Garmin interface would be familiar to those who have the experience of using the system.
Although the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport has generous headroom, the tall seating posture and the absence of a telescopic steering wheel could make it difficult for a driver to sit comfortably behind the wheel. The cargo capacity is one area where the SX4 Sport has always excelled, and the 2011 version is no different. It boasts a very healthy 54 cubic feet of luggage room with both parts of the 60/40-split rear seats folded forward.
The S features full-power accessories, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a trip computer, a tilt-only steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a CD player with a four-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio input jack, air-conditioning, and a Garmin navigation system with real-time traffic updates and other information.
Upgrading to the SE gets you a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and music controls. The GTS offers optional Bluetooth, automatic climate control, and an upgraded seven-speaker music system with a six-CD changer.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport comes equipped with revamped styling and a new transmission system. Both the Sport and Sedan versions of the SX4 have a two-liter, four-cylinder engine. Transmission choices are comprised of a new six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). While the former can generate 150 hp, the CVT-equipped 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport has an output of 148 hp. All trims of the SX4 come equipped with front drive, while four-wheel drive is optional for some trims.
Other features for the S include a sport-tuned suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Upgrading to the SE gets you rear disc brakes and a continuously variable transmission system.
The 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport has yet to be tested by the government for its safety under the newer, more stringent norms.
EPA Fuel Economy
Suzuki SX4 Sport: 22/30 mpg city/highway
- Extensive powertrain warranty
- Navigation system with higher trim levels
You Won't Like
- Driving position has awkward feel to it
- Poor gas mileage with all-wheel drive
- Confusing number of trim levels
A decent compact sedan that offers good value and modern features.
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