2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

Base FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4 man trans

Base FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4 man trans

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2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback
2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback
The SX4 was launched by Suzuki in 2007. It was their small crossover platform which was later transformed into a sedan option as well as the addition of the Sportback option. This was their hatchback option and essentially transformed the SX4 into its wagon variant. The range has been very successful due mainly to the design idea of offering more for the money than the competition. A task easier said than done, but one that Suzuki has managed to make a reality in the SX4 line.

The Sportback hatch turns the small crossover into a worthy player in the sport hatchback segment. The ride height is lowered to the sedans height and then stiffer spring rates and anti roll bars are added to offer a firmer, and therefore sportier ride. In all wheel drive format the SX4 becomes the least expensive production car to have an all wheel drive system. Interior space is also a highlight of the SX4, including materials that have the look and feel of more expensive pieces. The standard 2.0 liter engine is used in all configurations of the SX4.
1005 02+2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback Vs 2010 Mini Cooper+front Three Quarter View
For obvious reasons, Automobile Magazine comparisons typically round up cars with similar base prices. If the scientific method works for scientists, surely it's good enough for us. Consistent as these apples-to-apples tests are, though, they don't always reveal the complexities that go into buying a car in the real world, where varying levels of equipment and add-ons can quickly muddy our neat and simple categorizations. Take for instance, three small sporty hatchbacks currently in our fleet - the Suzuki SX4 Sportback, the Mini Cooper, and the Volkswagen GTI. On paper, they're three completely different cars in three different price segments. But look a little closer The SX4, loaded with navigation, Bluetooth, bigger wheels and other extras, carried an as tested price of $18,513, which is within a grand of a base Mini Cooper. The Mini, for its part, came with a slew of options that shot its sticker to $25,000 - about a thousand dollars more than the base price of a two-door GTI. Each of these vehicles fares very well when compared strictly to competitors in its traditional segment, but we couldn't help but wonder how they'd match up in a clearly unfair fight, the sort that breaks out all the time when real people go shopping for real cars.
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SX4 Sportback vs. Mini Cooper
1005 01+2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback Vs 2010 Mini Cooper+rear Three Quarter View
But it's not the driving dynamics that would make us shy away from the SX4, at least not entirely. Much as we discovered with our similarly equipped Four-Seasons Honda Fit, there's a point at which the gadgets and accessories can push a subcompact too far beyond its natural price. All the equipment, useful though it may be, fails to make the SX4 Sport feel like more than what it is: a very good cheap car.
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Mini Cooper vs. Volkswagen GTI
1005 03+2010 Mini Cooper Vs 2010 Volkswagen GTI+front Three Quarter View
This is the part where every Mini owner blows a gasket because we're neglecting to mention that Mini itself offers a higher-horsepower alternative. This is true. But slot a Cooper S in for the GTI, and the thought process remains the same - more power or more goodies?
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1004 02+2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack+rear Three Quarter View
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.
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The Suzuki SX4 SportBack is a cute little car for the most part, with great visibility. I found it to be a perfect car for the city, as it was effortless to park and maneuver. After a whole weekend of running around, I was even more surprised by how little fuel it used. Nonetheless, I still have three things that leave me less than impressed: 1.) The cheesy GPS holder; 2.) The driver's armrest needs to be up and out of the way when shifting; 3.) It needs more power to merge and pass.
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The first thing that jumped out at me when sitting in the Suzuki SX4 was the little front-quarter windows-and from that point on, everything becomes a direct comparison to the Honda Fit.
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I drove the little SX4 all around metro Detroit picking up my wife from the airport and racked up about 250 miles during my journey. With the rear seats folded, the cargo area provided just enough room for my large dog and a load of luggage. My biggest concern was the fuel gauge --- with only a 13.2-gallon tank, the needle in the dash dropped rather quickly.
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Suzuki actually sells three distinct 2010 SX4 models. First there's the 2010 Suzuki SX4 Sport, which is a traditional four-door sedan. Then there's the 2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack hatchback, which is the subject of this review. There's also the 2010 Suzuki SX4 Crossover, which is available with all-wheel drive (the other two are front-wheel drive only). All three SX4 models have the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with either a six-speed manual or CVT. Strangely enough, it is possible to buy a 2010 Suzuki SX4 Crossover with all-wheel drive starting at only $17,584, whereas the front-wheel-drive SX4 SportBack like our test car costs $1100 more, at $18,684. The two vehicles have nearly identical interiors, and their exteriors differ only in body cladding, the front fascia, and the Crossover's roof rails. The Crossover also rides slightly higher than the SX4 SportBack and SX4 sedan.
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Call me crazy, but I like this little nav system. Sure, it's just a Garmin nüvi that you could pick up at any electronics store, but the fact that it's integrated into the car and can be folded into the dash effectively solves all the mounting hassles and theft risks that make handheld GPS units a pain. It's a much smarter way to offer navigation in this class than a costly built-in nav system like that in the Honda Fit.
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I'm not sure why Suzuki waited until last fall to release the SportBack version of the SX4. With its mild bodykit, lack of roof racks, and lower profile, it looks much cooler than the SX4 Crossover that was launched for 2007. One thing I wish was like the earlier SX4s, though, is the car's manual gearbox ... that old five-speed wasn't as good on gas, but its action was tighter and smoother than this slightly vague six-speed. Still, it works well with the SX4's tight chassis to make for a very good "slow car" that's remarkably fun to drive quickly. It's also worth pointing out that all 2010 SX4s received a new, more fuel efficient engine that produces 7 more hp and 4 extra lb-ft of torque than the previous 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
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2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback
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Among small cars, the SX4 stands tall—literally. It’s a high-roofed, compact hatchback, an exceptionally clever package that gets the maximum interior space inside a minimal exterior footprint.

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2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback Specifications

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Engine
2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
23 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
32 MPG
Horsepower:
150 hp @ 6200rpm
Torque:
140 ft lb of torque @ 3500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 84 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Marginal
NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R

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