Suzuki SX4 Ltd 2007 Review

Suzuki SX4 Ltd 2007 Review

Suzuki SX4 2007 fq

Driving and reviewing the Swift’s bigger brother, the SX4, was going to be a piece of cake I thought. Anything that’s larger and more ungainly than the amazing Swift was of course going to be rubbish. Easy, job done, nothing new learned I thought. Unfortunately I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Okay, so it’s got the same cute Italian-penned good looks as its sibling, but tries to look a tad more mature, courtesy of a bit more overhang front and rear. Looking at the plunging door line, oversized door mirrors and a few other design aspects it could be trying a bit too hard, like a schoolboy’s first attempts at a moustache to impress the girls in his class.

So it’s a bit of a looker but what’s it like to punt around? Well, in all honesty it left me completely dazed and stunned, like I had just been visited by the resident schoolyard bully. It wasn’t so much of ‘bashing’ as more of a severe ‘telling off’ though.

The subject of the lesson I had just been taught? Oh yes, it was a combination of advanced Physics, Economics and Mathematics, delivered forcibly and simultaneously whilst being strapped (or belted) into a chair. As I can’t multi-task too well, being male, it did make a bit of a mess of my brain. I always hated those particular subjects as well.

In order to try and explain I will start with the Economics. What you get for your pocket money is impressive. In its class, its feature set is impressive. This model boasts additional side impact curtain airbags, leather-trimmed steering wheel with cruise controls, bodykit, keyless entry, alloys and (for your listening pleasure) more speakers than most of the immediate competitors. The interior is nicely laid out, and the dash is easy to read and use. That’s an ‘A+’ then.

What about the numbers then? Well you can drive away in this SX4 Ltd from just $24,500. You get a fuel injected 16v 2.0 twin-cam engine, delivering 107Kw at 5,870rpm and 189Nm or torque at just 3,500 rpm. 0-100kph doesn’t take too long and expect around 11 litres/100km. Ground clearance is a heady 175mm+ (more on the 4WD version) and even with a decent 600mm seat height there is still ample headroom for 6 footers. Another ‘A+’.

Into the Physics department now. Unfortunately the steering feel is a bit over-assisted and also weighted too heavily in slow corners. The brakes lack some feel but manage the job well, being ventilated, however it takes some adjustment and practice to get it right. The driving lesson as a whole is well mannered with the chassis working well on the limit, under-steering slightly and with a compliant rear end that tucks in neatly as required. Strangely for a sweet 16v engine it sounds a bit on the rough side; well the Music lesson is in next classroom along. Hmm, a ‘B-’.

Overall, the lesson the SX4 teaches us is about ‘bang for your buck’. Less (money) is more (value) on this occasion, and a new benchmark has been set for the competitors. Final mark is an ‘A-’ then.

What we like:

  • Looks
  • Value for money
  • Visibility
  • Equipment
  • Keyless entry
  • Chassis

What we don’t like:

  • Feel of the steering and brakes
  • Pitch on acceleration/braking
  • Seat trim/comfort
  • Parking — judging bonnet length

Words Phil Clark, photos Darren Cottingham

Suzuki SX4 2007 fq

Driving and reviewing the Swift’s bigger brother, the SX4, was going to be a piece of cake I thought. Anything that’s larger and more ungainly than the amazing Swift was of course going to be rubbish. Easy, job done, nothing new learned I thought. Unfortunately I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Okay, so it’s got the same cute Italian-penned good looks as its sibling, but tries to look a tad more mature, courtesy of a bit more overhang front and rear. Looking at the plunging door line, oversized door mirrors and a few other design aspects it could be trying a bit too hard, like a schoolboy’s first attempts at a moustache to impress the girls in his class.

So it’s a bit of a looker but what’s it like to punt around? Well, in all honesty it left me completely dazed and stunned, like I had just been visited by the resident schoolyard bully. It wasn’t so much of ‘bashing’ as more of a severe ‘telling off’ though.

The subject of the lesson I had just been taught? Oh yes, it was a combination of advanced Physics, Economics and Mathematics, delivered forcibly and simultaneously whilst being strapped (or belted) into a chair. As I can’t multi-task too well, being male, it did make a bit of a mess of my brain. I always hated those particular subjects as well.

In order to try and explain I will start with the Economics. What you get for your pocket money is impressive. In its class, its feature set is impressive. This model boasts additional side impact curtain airbags, leather-trimmed steering wheel with cruise controls, bodykit, keyless entry, alloys and (for your listening pleasure) more speakers than most of the immediate competitors. The interior is nicely laid out, and the dash is easy to read and use. That’s an ‘A+’ then.

What about the numbers then? Well you can drive away in this SX4 Ltd from just $24,500. You get a fuel injected 16v 2.0 twin-cam engine, delivering 107Kw at 5,870rpm and 189Nm or torque at just 3,500 rpm. 0-100kph doesn’t take too long and expect around 11 litres/100km. Ground clearance is a heady 175mm+ (more on the 4WD version) and even with a decent 600mm seat height there is still ample headroom for 6 footers. Another ‘A+’.

Into the Physics department now. Unfortunately the steering feel is a bit over-assisted and also weighted too heavily in slow corners. The brakes lack some feel but manage the job well, being ventilated, however it takes some adjustment and practice to get it right. The driving lesson as a whole is well mannered with the chassis working well on the limit, under-steering slightly and with a compliant rear end that tucks in neatly as required. Strangely for a sweet 16v engine it sounds a bit on the rough side; well the Music lesson is in next classroom along. Hmm, a ‘B-’.

Overall, the lesson the SX4 teaches us is about ‘bang for your buck’. Less (money) is more (value) on this occasion, and a new benchmark has been set for the competitors. Final mark is an ‘A-’ then.

What we like:

  • Looks
  • Value for money
  • Visibility
  • Equipment
  • Keyless entry
  • Chassis

What we don’t like:

  • Feel of the steering and brakes
  • Pitch on acceleration/braking
  • Seat trim/comfort
  • Parking — judging bonnet length

Words Phil Clark, photos Darren Cottingham

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