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2011 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

  • 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sportback Base Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      148/140
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,799
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2011 Suzuki SX4 Sportback Review

The 2011 SX4 Sport back is a sporty compact crossover that offers good value and versatility.

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Overview

For the 2011 model year, Suzuki, the Japanese car maker, lined up four versions of the SX4. These were the Sedan, the Crossover, the Sport, and the SportBack. The entire range of the SX4 cars embodies the sporty character and the award-winning handling that’s seen in the car’s European cousin, the Swift. The appeal doesn’t end there, with the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sedan, Crossover, Sport, and SportBack offering some contemporary and bold styling, coupled with a generous dollop of standard features.

Despite being a fairly new entrant to the scene, the 2011 SX4 SportBack shares several features with the Crossover. These include the bold styling cues that come from Suzuki’s design studios, and a daring attitude that creates instant appeal with the younger buyers.

The Range

Body style: four-door hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Suzuki SX4 Sport back, Suzuki SX4 Sport back Technology

What's New

New additions to the Suzuki SX4 Sport back for 2011 include rear seat side-impact airbags and larger rear head restraints. Enhancements have also been made to the Garmin navigation system.

Exterior

The 2011 Suzuki SX4 SportBack, tuned to the highly popular Sport mode, and continuing the tradition of the urban-cool Swift sold in the European market, benefits from a lower ride height, standard stabilizer bars, and performance shocks. Furthering the handling of the car are the 17-inch alloy wheels that sport 205/50 all-season Dunlop tires. The low-profile and sticky radials contribute to the car’s sure-footed braking, similar to the standard four-wheel disc brakes.

The TE variant of the SportBack includes all features of the basic SE variant and has a larger rear spoiler and an updated navigation system.

Interior

The 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport scores high in the interior flexibility department. In fact, the car is efficiently designed to provide interior accommodation for five passengers, with a generous rear and front legroom and headroom. The wide doors allow for an effortless entry and exit, and the raised theater-styled seats enhance the airy, roomy feel for the rear seat passengers. Additionally, the 2011 Suzuki SX4 SportBack comes with an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a compass, and a standard FM/AM/CD four-speaker music system with XM satellite radio and MP3 playback facility. Other features include remote keyless entry, air-conditioning, a driver’s information center, a reclining split-foldable second row of seats, and an integrated navigation system.

The SE is the basic trim of the 2011 Suzuki SX4 SportBack, and has power lock mirrors and windows, fog lights, a leather steering wheel, an improved audio system, aerodynamic body trim, air-conditioning, cruise control, FM/AM/MP3/CD audio system, a tilt steering wheel, and a trip computer. As mentioned above, the standard trim comes equipped with a navigation system that boasts advanced features like fuel and traffic prices, and airline departure and arrival information.

Performance & Handling

Ever since the SX4 SportBack was introduced, the car has sported a full 2.0-liter displacement engine. The capacity, which is marginally above 120 cubic inches, gives the car a competitive edge compared to the majority of the SX4’s rivals, where displacements of 1.6-1.8-liters are usually the norm. With the latest iteration, the 2011 Suzuki SX4 SportBack utilizes the 2.0-liter engine that boasts 5 percent more hp and 4 lb-ft of extra torque. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated the car’s fuel efficiency rate at 24/30 mpg city/highway. The larger 2.4-liter displacement version is found in the technically advanced and stunning Suzuki Kizashi.

Like its predecessor, the 2011 Suzuki SX4 SportBack’s valve-train is controlled by the dual overhead cams. From the company that builds some of the fastest motorcycles in the world comes a car that makes its peers run for their money. The new 2.0-liter engine delivers 150 hp at 6200 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque for manual transmission systems. The continuously variable transmission option can generate 148 hp. Behind the numbers are instant responsiveness, a fluid delivery mechanism, and a smaller carbon footprint, as compared to its earlier versions.

Service for the 2011 Suzuki SX4 SportBack is backed by a seven-year/100,000-mile zero deductible and fully transferable power-train limited warranty. No problem has yet been reported with regard to the spares of the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport.

Safety

The 2011 Suzuki SX4 SportBack has some class-leading safety features. These include electronic stability control along with traction control, four-wheel disc brakes with an anti-lock braking system, and an electronic brake-force distribution mechanism. Coupled with the traction control system, the stability control function helps ensure that the vehicle retains its stability while turning corners, driving on slippery roads, accelerating, and conducting emergency maneuvers.

EPA Fuel Economy

Suzuki SX4 Sport back: 23/32 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good gas mileage
  • Excellent for highway driving
  • Hatchback with sedan like feel
  • Good cargo capacity

You Won't Like

  • Driving position is awkward
  • Cabin utilizes low-quality materials
  • AWD models offer limited fuel range

Sum Up

The 2011 SX4 Sport back is a sporty compact crossover that offers good value and versatility.

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