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2012 Suzuki SX4 Sportback Review
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The 2012 Suzuki SX4 Sportback re-enters the market as an affordable and fun hatchback that is now available in a slimmed base model. Drivers can select from the base model with standard features on par with the competition or the Technology trim level, which adds a fold-down navigation system along with Suzuki’s nuLink™ System and smart phone capabilities. However, buyers should take a close look at the competition, which offers more advanced interior features and power for a similar price tag. Suzuki enthusiasts should also take note of the comparable SX4 Crossover and Crossover Premium.
New For 2012
For the 2012 model year, the Suzuki SX4 Sportback introduces new colors and package options to keep the hatchback competitive. Some of the noteworthy upgrades include:
- Navigation System courtesy of the Technology trim package, with mounted a dashboard mounted touchscreen that discretely folds down to conceal itself
- Two new vibrant and eye-catching color options for a total of six shades
- Slimmed down trim levels leaving only the Base and Technology for 2012
- Safety features, such as stability control and rear disc brakes
The five-door hatchback works hard to show its sporty side, with 17-inch alloy wheels surrounding a low-profile Dunlop tires and an overall compact body length of 162 inches. A rear spoiler is standard on the base model, while the Technology package includes a larger and more prominent rear fin. An aero body kit is present on both trims, with six overall color options to choose from, including Vivid Red, Quicksilver Metallic, Brilliant Blue Metallic, Azure Gray Metallic, Black Pearl Metallic, and White Water Pearl. The large Suzuki S logo takes over the small black grill on the sloped front fascia and is hard to miss. While the Sportback appears small in stature, it offers plenty of interior space and cargo room for a comfortable ride.
Interior & Cargo
The 2012 Suzuki SX4 Sportback stays true to its name with ample cargo space, 60/40 rear seats, and room for five passengers. However, the interior can leave drivers wanting more, even in the upgraded Technology package. Standard features on both the base and Technology models include leather-wrapped steering wheel with illuminated controls, a remote keyless entry system with accompanying panic features, and power windows. When combined together, the lackluster interior amenities create a dull interior landscape that is only slightly improved with the integrated touchscreen navigation system that comes with the Technology trim level. With this package option, drivers are granted access to Suzuki’s nuLink™ services, which provide weather updates, safety cameras, movie search, airline updates, and Google search capabilities on a year-to-year subscription. The navigation system also follows the same annual renewal and adds voice recognition, detour systems, and traffic services in addition to the still optional Bluetooth communication system.
Those searching for the added cargo room of a hatchback will be satisfied hauling groceries from point A to point B or transporting up to five passengers in the spacious cabin. Where the base lacks in interior perks, the Technology packages attempts to swoop in to save the day. New drivers or drivers who are accustomed to navigation at their fingertips can benefit from the countless trim level upgrades if willing to pay the added price.
The Suzuki SX4 Sportback boasts a wide range of standard safety features in both the base and Technology models. Drivers can take comfort in the eight strategically-placed airbags throughout the cabin, including front seat side-impact airbags, rear seat side-impact airbags, dual front supplemental airbags, and side curtain supplemental airbags. The Sportback offers a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System coupled with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist functions. A tire pressure monitoring system is also present, along with daytime running lights and electronic stability control.
The driving experience when behind the wheel of the 2012 Suzuki SX4 Sportback will depend on what drivers expect of this small hatchback. The engine offers plenty of power with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and two transmission options: the six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT) offering 150 horsepower and 140 lb-ft torque. The six-speed automatic transmission is fluid and allows drivers to control the small, sporty vehicle whether taking a tight turn or maneuvering through a crowded parking lot.
In either model, drivers should expect a decent fuel economy reaching 23/30 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors For The 2012 Suzuki SX4-Sportback
- Honda Fit
- Hyundai Accent
- Ford Fiesta
- Kia Soul