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Reader test: Suzuki SX4

2009-08-20 07:33

Marius Scheepers

So I grew up. A little bit. I moved on from a junior hot hatch Ford Fiesta ST, to a bigger, and better in my eyes, Suzuki SX4.

After 15 000km behind the wheel, I can truly say the Suzuki is an awesome car. Very comfortable and relaxing to drive, very easy controls and everything is more or less where you expect it to be. More or less, because now I can open the rear windows as well, and it usually happens by accident!  Luckily there is a switch to lock the windows.

Performance-wise, the Suzuki really isn’t bad. It can pull off quite quickly, and to get to 120 km/h on the highway really is no problem. The engine has more than enough torque, so it isn’t necessary to rev the engine to hell and back. It is refined as well, with very little engine, road or wind noise coming into the cabin.

Fuel economy is excellent, with the best consumption being 6.9l/100km, which was in-town driving. The worst was 9.7l/100km during in-town racing!

Fun to drive, great kit

The Suzuki handles exceptionally well for this type of car. It is actually fun! The ride is great, not hard at all, but good enough to handle well.

The specs are awesome! MP3 player, cruise control, climate control, six airbags, keyless entry and go (which makes for a great party trick!!), great brakes, spacious interior, big enough boot… Really, this car has a bit of everything! Oh, and a decent service plan of six years/90 000km.

About the service, the car went in for its 15 000km service with only a small hassle. The mechanic never replaced the sump plug with a new one during the service, resulting in my car throwing out all its oil two days later. Suzuki’s helpline was great to get me sorted, and they also provided me with a proper courtesy car while they attended to the problem.

So, in all, a stunning car. All the necessary bells and whistles, safety and space. And for the price, there really is only one question coming to mind… Why buy something with a smaller engine, with less kit that is less reliable, for more?

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