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2010 Suzuki SX4 ReviewThe Good
The 2010 Suzuki SX4 offers value and practicality with available all-wheel drive, a variety of spacious body styles, and an excellent warranty.The Bad
Driving dynamics and overall refinement in the 2010 SX4 are not up to the high bar set by the competition.
The CarGurus View
Suzuki’s little SX4 offers a viable alternative to more mainstream nameplates at a very appealing price. While ultimately lacking the buttery smoothness (and stellar resale value) of the front-line small cars from Honda and Toyota, the 2010 SX4 delivers a thoroughly modern driving experience. Its three body styles (sedan, hatchback, and crossover SUV) offer a wide range of capabilities and talents to suit different buyer needs.
At a Glance
The 2010 Suzuki SX4 comes in three styles with a variety of trim levels. The SX4 economy sedan is the base model in the range, complemented by the SX4 5-door SportBack and the SX4 Crossover with available all-wheel-drive. All three versions share the same platform, known as the Suzuki Swift elsewhere in the world, and feature a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine.
For 2010 the SX4 gains a more powerful engine and two new transmissions. The new SportBack trim level endows the five-door SX4 with a sporty attitude and lowered ride height. All SX4s benefit from a restyled nose and some updated interior bits.
The SX4’s value is evident in its low price and generous specification list. Many standard features will surprise buyers, especially the touch-screen navigation system that is included on higher trim levels. Every SX4 gets power windows and door locks, plus a plethora of standard safety features, like ABS and six airbags. The excellent 7-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty will undoubtedly reassure buyers.
All Suzuki SX4 trims are powered by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, newly energized for 2010 with 150 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. The DOHC four revs smoothly and makes good power, endowing the SX4 with reasonably brisk acceleration. A new six-speed manual gearbox is standard, its widely spaced ratios taking advantage of the engine’s power while also delivering good fuel economy.
Also new is an optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that can infinitely vary the gear reduction to maximize efficiency. SX4 sedan and hatchback models drive the front wheels, while the SX4 crossover is also available with part-time electronic all-wheel drive (i-AWD) for excellent traction in snowy conditions.
Ride & Handling
All SX4s ride on a MacPherson strut independent front suspension with a basic torsion beam rear setup. Ride characteristics are decent, if not luxurious, with the sedan delivering a more comfortable ride than the SportBack and crossover models. The SX4 Base trims have 15-inch steel wheels, whose taller tires absorb bumps better than the larger 16-inch rolling stock on the crossover.
Handling is confidence-inspiring, though base sedan and hatchback models don’t feel particularly sporty. The SportBack displays more Euro-firm driving dynamics, owing to stiffer springs and 17-inch alloys, but the basic rear suspension design simply isn’t sophisticated enough for real handling finesse, and the dominant trait is predictable understeer.
The steering is crisply weighted, and the SX4 responds to the helm quickly. Its short length, especially in hatchback and crossover trims, makes parking a breeze. Disc brakes with antilock control are standard at all four corners, and the SX4 stops confidently, with decent pedal feel.
Cabin & Comfort
All SX4 body styles seat 5 passengers, with sporty bucket seats up front and an elevated stadium-style rear bench. The driving position provides a great view out, especially in the SX4 crossover model. The interior has plenty of space up front, with a height-adjustable driver’s seat providing a good fit for most drivers. The rear bench offers decent legroom, though elbow room for three is tight. Trunk space in the SX4 sedan is adequate, while the commodious hatchback models can fit 54 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded.
The interior of the SX4 features an appealing design, with a modern feel to the dashboard and restyled instrument cluster. Materials quality is good, with the exception of some cheap switchgear. Standard power windows and locks add an upscale touch across the model line. Upper trim levels get standard GPS navigation from Garmin and optional Bluetooth connectivity. The SX4 Touring trim level (available in the crossover only) includes some surprising touches, including automatic climate control, a keyless start system, and MSN real-time traffic information.
Suzuki has equipped the SX4 with an impressive range of safety features. All trim levels are equipped with front, side, and head impact airbags. Antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution are also standard, along with stability and traction control on SX4 crossover trim levels. The SX4 performed well enough in government crash testing, earning four stars out of a possible five.
What Owners Think
Owners of the Suzuki SX4 praise its zippy powertrain (particularly with the manual transmission) and confident handling. Most feel that the SX4 is a quality product, with no major problems noted, save for a few squeaks and rattles. Some owners feel the SX4 is a bit underpowered, while others criticize the car for not being as fuel efficient as its size would imply, though those complaints were most prevalent among those who chose heavier, all-wheel-drive trims equipped with the automatic transmission.
by Jesse Berger
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Suzuki SX4 Questions
Can Cruise Control Be Installed On 2010 Sx4 Crossover?
Car Toys couldn't do it. Is it possible? I'd even go to a dealer if they could do it. What's the dealeo with this car? I'd really like to put cruise control on it.