Suzuki SX4 Sportback

When it comes to the automotive industry, many of the industry’s leading companies started out manufacturing something besides cars or trucks. This is the case of Suzuki, a Japanese company that actually started out making spinning looms for the region’s textile companies. Before moving on to create motorcycles and cars, the company was one of the biggest loom makers in the nation.

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Suzuki SX4 Sportback Origins

Given the economic and social landscape, Suzuki began its journey into automotive design with motorcycles. Motorcycles were less expensive than cars and fit in better in the crowded Japanese cities. Suzuki’s motorcycles were a hit in Japan and some of the company’s designs found their way to the world’s attention. Suzuki made precision motorcycles that gained a great deal of attention in motor cross races all over the world. People began to pay attention to what the former loom maker could do.

Over the years, Suzuki branched out to offer their motorcycles and later, cars and other vehicles to the various markets. One of the most popular series proved to be the SX4 Sportback model.

About the Suzuki SX4 Sportback

The Suzuki SX4 Sportback is a small car with some extra attention to detail, which made it one of the more popular cars Suzuki ever delivered. Long known as a premium designer and manufacturer of motorcycles, this four-wheeled offering is competent and considered to be a worthwhile option in this class. It’s no big surprise that American car buyers often choose sedans over hatchbacks, but the SX4 Sportback is making some people reconsider that stance. This particular model has a great deal of attractive features to help it gain attention.

There are several exciting features including its stylish body style, all-wheel drive, and relatively effective powertrain. While still in the small car class, this model is appealing to those with small families or young professionals, thanks in part to its attractive, modern body style. Naturally, the all-wheel drive is a decided benefit, especially for car buyers in regions that experience inclement weather part of the year. And of course, buyers are learning the powertrain added to this model is considered to be one of the most powerful and efficient offered in this class.

Suzuki SX4 Sportback Features

Suzuki decided to offer the SX4 Sportback for the 2012 model year. There were a few changes, but overall, the car remains as the same as its previous two model years. This version of the SX4 is available in two distinct trim levels: the base and the Tech.

Interested car buyers can expect the base version to offer fog lights, navigation system, and Bluetooth options. With the Tech trim level, things are even a bit more exciting with a larger, more impressive rear spoiler, and CVT with shift paddles.

The interior of the Suzuki SX4 Sportback has some benefits. Most of the controls and gauges are easy to see and read. Many buyers are appreciative of the Garmin instrument panel that offers real-time navigation and traffic information to the driver. On the other side, the cabin is designed with some less-than-impressive materials and many industry experts feel it is a little on the cheap side of appearance.

Under the hood, the SX4 Sportback is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 150 hp. Most models are offered with the standard six-speed manual transmission. The SX4 Sportback is one of the models that also receive the CVT package as well.

Suzuki SX4 Sportback Evolution

Discussing the past versions of the Suzuki SX4 Sportback can be a bit tricky. This model was technically released for the first time in the 2007 model year as simply the SX4. It wasn’t until 2010 that Suzuki added the new body style and called the car the SX4 Sportback. The new Sportback, as well as the previously existing models, were equipped with a four-cylinder engine capable of 143 hp. Much like the later versions of this car, the interior cabin was a large part of the appeal for many people. Depending on the trim level chosen, the SX4 was more than equipped with easy to use controls, electronic gadgets, and comfortable seating.

The Suzuki company chose to offer the SX4 Sportback in the 2010 model year, while still offering the sedan version as well. The biggest differences between the sedan, and the Sportback versions were the body style and powertrain. The SX4 Sportback offered a bit more power with 150 hp versus the original’s 143. Suzuki also changed up the transmission a bit and offered the model standard with a six-speed manual transmission with CVT.

Select a Suzuki SX4 Sportback Year

2013 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

Compact, Hatchback

The 2013 Suzuki SX4 SportBack is a member of Suzuki's SX4 line that is often overlooked in the United States, but is well-established globally.

2012 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

Compact, Hatchback

The 2012 Suzuki SX4 Sportback re-enters the market as an affordable and fun hatchback that is now available in a slimmed base model.

2011 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

Compact, Hatchback

For the 2011 model year, Suzuki, the Japanese car maker, lined up four versions of the SX4.

2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

Compact, Hatchback

For 2010, the Suzuki SportBack receives new styling, a new 150-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, and two new transmissions. Interior features are improved and the new SportBack variant adds an areo kit that gives it more presence.