Suzuki is renowned for making valuable cars that combine a good degree of style and substance. With intent to make the 2011 SX4 sedan stand out of the crowd, the Japanese car maker loaded the vehicle with plenty of upscale options as well as standard features. These include heated seats, automatic climate control, navigation system, all-wheel drive, and even rear-seat side airbags. All of these are available at a more competitive price than what is offered by several of Suzuki’s rivals in its class. A tempting package, no doubt, for sedan hunters.
The 2011 Suzuki SX4 has its downsides, though. While the tall seating posture could be friendly for a shorter driver, and for those enthusiasts yearning for a semblance of a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) type view of the road in front, taller drivers will lament the lack of a telescoping steering wheel and enough legroom. The SX4 also doesn’t have the stability control function, which is a must-have safety feature. The interior too, many motoring experts say, is starting to feel (and look) old and uninspiring when compared to the newer sub-compact cars being introduced to the market every other day.
Body Styles: compact sedan, hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, CVT
Models: Suzuki SX4, Suzuki SX4 LE, Suzuki SX4 Sport S, Suzuki SX4 Anniversary Edition, Suzuki SX4 Sport SE, Suzuki SX4 Sport GTS
This year’s new Anniversary Edition comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, CVT system, rear disc brakes, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cruise control.
The 2011 SX4 boasts a stylish, aggressive front end, 15-inch steel wheels, and creased bodywork. The SportBack version has a cleaner profile than the Crossover, which sports a roof rack. SportBack and Sport sedan version also have a lower ride height than Crossover models. Sixteen-inch wheels are standard on the Crossover, while the Sport and SportBack versions feature 17-inch wheels.
The basic SX4model is equipped with full power accessories, height adjustable driver seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and a trip computer. The LE variant adds a four-speaker audio system, air-conditioning, and an auxiliary audio input jack.
Performance & Handling
Power to all Suzuki SX4 variants is derived from a four-cylinder, two-liter engine that can generate 140 lb-ft torque and 150 hp. It’s connected via either continuous variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual transmission. When paired with the former, the output from the engine marginally drops to 148 hp. The 2011 Suzuki SX4 is a front-wheel-drive sedan.
Spare parts of the 2011 Suzuki SX4 are yet to receive any complaint. Those intending to buy the car must ensure that there’s a Suzuki authorized service station nearby, as it can be quite hard to find because of the company’s limited dealer network. Such stations would be much better equipped to handle the maintenance jobs than any general workshop. Regular maintenance is a must for the SX4, especially once every year, or after 10,000 miles, as specified in the instruction manual.
All SX4 sedans are available with rear-seat and front-side airbags as well as head-protecting side-curtain airbags for all the outboard passengers. Anti-lock brakes comprising brake assist are standard to SX4s. The basic and the LE trim, however, are equipped with rear drum-brakes than the four-wheel discs.
The 2011 Suzuki SX4 hasn’t yet been subject to the new, stringent government anti-crash tests. Though 2010 tests can’t be applied for the 2011 version, the Suzuki SX4 received four stars out of the highest five for passenger and driver protection. In the side-impact tests, the car earned five stars for driver protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given its top ""good"" rating to the 2010 Suzuki SX4 in both the side-impact and frontal-offset tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Suzuki SX4 base sedan CVT: 25/32 mpg city/highway
Suzuki SX4 manual transmission: 23/33 mpg city/highway
Suzuki SX4 AWD Crossover CVT: 22/30 mpg city/highway
Suzuki SX4 AWD Crossover manual transmission: 22/30 mpg city/highway
- Hatchback model boasts low-cost AWD system
- Ample capacity for cargo
- Powertrain comes with long warranty
- Higher trim levels come with standard navigation system
You Won't Like
- Driving position is awkward
- Cabin utilizes materials that aren’t high quality
- AWD model has limited fuel ranges
- Number of trim levels can be confusing
A good value for its price, even when compared to some newer models made by competitors.
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