Suzuki SX4 SZ4 2WD14 | 08 | 2010Scotcars rating

    Confusing Suzuki badging disguises a car which is fit for all seasons, if a little snug


    The whole four-wheel-drive phenomenon is weird. A few decades ago, the only people with them were ruddy-faced farmers ploughing fields in their Massey Fergusons and going to the auction mart in their Land Rovers. Then the Range Rover came along and everyone wanted one, even if the toughest challenge they faced was negotiating the car park at Tesco. Even now, when we are all supposed to be doing our bit to save the planet, we just can’t shake off our feelings for them.

    What’s emerged though is the 4x4 lookalike and none more so than the ultimate “soft roader”, the SX4 from Suzuki. The name and the test model version, the SZ4 (how confusing is that?) implies that it powers through all four wheels. But it doesn’t. It’s a simple front-wheel-drive and while fine for daily use, won’t get you out of trouble if the going gets tough.

    For its size it is actually surprisingly comfortable

    On the road

    Stick to the black tarry stuff and you’ll be fine. In fact you’ll be more than fine – you’ll be very content in what is actually a nice little car, which is stylish, nippy, easy to drive and park and has all the little bits and pieces which help you along the way, including keyless start and volume controls on the steering wheel. It’s a good price too and while the 60,000 mile warranty isn’t as good as some others, such as Kia, the Suzuki quality means you’re unlikely to need it. I clocked up quite a few miles of country roads around the Trossachs, as well as a couple of trips on the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and it was well up to the task, even with a full load of four adults.

    Comfort & Safety

    For its size it is actually surprisingly comfortable, although in common with other Far Eastern brands the seat fittings are clearly designed for drivers of a smaller stature. Even with the driver’s seat set at its furthest setting back from the steering wheel, I felt my knees could do with a bit more space. The car is lightweight, but that helps the economy and running costs and it’s easy to use whatever the occasion. Everything’s accessible and the boot is surprisingly greedy for the overall size of the vehicle.

    Should I buy one?

    If you like the image and stature of a 4x4 but want something that’s easier on the pocket, then this is for you.

    Alan Douglas

    Quick Stats
    Price OTR/As Tested £12,255
    Engine / Power: 1586cc / 120bhp
    How fast?: 0-62mph 10.7secs, Max 115mph
    How big/heavy?: H1605mm  W1755mm  L4150mm / 1650kg
    How thirsty/CO2?: Combined 45.6mpg / CO2 143g/km
    InsGP/Road tax: 6 / Band F, £125
    Alternatives: Toyota RAV4; Daihatsu Terios

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