2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack

I admire the Suzuki SX4 for having a ride that's more solid and composed than the Honda Fit's. Over bumps, the Fit often feels like the cheap car it is, while the SX4 feels like something larger and more comfort-oriented, along the lines of a family sedan. The tradeoff is that the SX4 occasionally feels too loose and soft when it's worked hard on rough roads.

The flabby feel also extends to the controls. The six-speed stick provides little feedback and the steering is too light. The engine also hangs on to revs, sometimes even climbing after you've let off the gas and pushed in the clutch to upshift. The result is gear changes that can be difficult to execute smoothly and quickly. These problems aren't limited to the SX4, as the Fit and other small four-cylinder vehicles suffer from some of the same maladies. Still, I think the SX4 has much potential due to its unappreciated chassis but that it is let down by some of the other elements.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

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