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2009 Suzuki SX4: I Don't Fit in the SX4

December 10, 2009

Riswick in SX4 Zuk

OK, so that isn't our SX4. It's the crazy SX4 Zuk race car thing dropped on us a few months back that had a racing seat sized for .86 Riswick. I was a good 2.5 inches from the seat bottom, stuck on the side bolsters. Magrath said, "hey, go grab the SX4." I laughed and answered, "um, unable to comply."

Any way, I don't fit in the regular SX4 either. There is no driver seat adjustment and the set position is too high in the back (photo after the jump). I feel like I'm hovering above the controls and I'm needlessly close to the roof despite the greenhouse being the size of Biodome. It makes an otherwise pleasant car to drive completely miserable. But I suppose it could be worse ^^^.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 18,812 miles

P.S. You happy dougtheeng?

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2009 Suzuki SX4: Comfort Optional

October 30, 2009

SX4_torture.jpgI'm going to have to disagree with Erin's assessment of our SX4's seating. After spending about four hours in the blue box yesterday, I realized that average-sized American males may have issues with the driving position.

I'm 5'10" and of average build, and I could not find a comfortable seating position. The lack of a telescoping wheel was probably the main culprit. With the seat adjusted for leg comfort, the wheel was way too far away from me. With the seat adjusted to have the wheel within comfortable reach had my legs bunched up. I tried a compromise between the two and everything started aching after 45 minutes.

Then there's the elbows. The door armrest is made from an unyielding piece of plastic. Remind me to pick up some elbow pads from the sporting goods store next time. The center armrest is at least cloth covered, but the angle is all wrong and is uneven with the other side's medieval perch. There's also a hard lump under the corner stitching that hits right where my forearm should rest.

None of this bothered me before on shorter trips, but this was the first (and hopefully last) long trip I took in the SX4. For the rest of the day, I'll be popping Advil like PEZ.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 17,137 miles

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2009 Suzuki SX4: Oregon Road Trip, Part 1

October 07, 2009

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We've never taken a big road trip in our long-term 2009 Suzuki SX4, but that's changing this week, as the SX4 is in the middle of a 2,000-mile LA-Portland-LA journey. The trip had a familiar beginning, as I left Los Angeles just in time to hit traffic, found some open road on the Interstate 5 Grapevine, and then hit another 45-minute delay on the Tejon Pass (two northbound lanes shut down for resurfacing).

I tell you this because the traffic delays added at least 2 hours to my travel time. I logged 7 hours in the driver seat on the first day, followed by 9 hours on Tuesday, and the big surprise? Said driver seat is extremely well-shaped, comfortable and supportive. No kinks or aches in my back or glutes -- and this despite the lack of a telescoping steering wheel. Purely from the standpoint of road-tripping, this driver seat is as good as any I've ever experienced among cars in any price range.

But there's another aspect of road-tripping with the all-wheel-drive Suzuki SX4 hatch that isn't so surprising.

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2009 Suzuki SX4: Back Seat Passengers

September 07, 2009

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Me and the girls went out Sunday for a short little trip to do girly things.

I offered to drive as I usually do because they are always interested to see what car I'm driving.

This time I was piloting the Suzuki SX4. We had two passengers in the back seat so I told them it was their job to give me a back seat review.

They felt they had enough room but doubted that taller passengers would find it comfortable. "It's perfect for children in car seats," said one.

"It's nice and cool back here," said another. "The air conditioner reaches me just fine."

They also concluded that the car is much roomier than it looks from the outside. The cloth seats were comfortable, but for longer trips they wondered if they would feel cramped.

For our next outing, I promised to get a larger car so they could feel the difference.

Have you driven in a Suzuki SX4?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Suzuki SX4: OK A/C

July 10, 2009

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As I said yesterday, yesterday morning I drove our long-term 2009 Suzuki SX4 to Pomona, which is about 60 miles east of our Santa Monica office. And there are three things you need to know about Pomona.

1) It is the spiritual home of the National Hot Rod Association, which runs two national events there on the quarter mile strip at the Pomona Fairgrounds.

2) It is where you'll find the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, which is run by a cool guy by the name of Tony Thacker and is definitely worth a visit.

3) It's freakin' hot.

And as you can see by the photo above the Suzuki was well aware. That's 93 degrees Fahrenheit on its outside temp readout.

Trouble was, to counter that I had to have the SX4's air conditioning on full blast and then it was only keeping me alive.

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2009 Suzuki SX4: Ain't No Driver Seat High Enough

June 30, 2009

suzuki sx4 headroom

I'm kind of a visibility hog. I don't like wishing I could sit up taller in a car's seat so I can see what's happening around me, so whenever there's seat-height adjustment available in a car, I take advantage of it, even in SUVs. And though our long-term Suzuki's airy greenhouse gives the car a nice, open feel to it, without a seat-height adjustability, all that room above my head does me no good when I still feel like I'm sitting on the floor. It's something I've gotten used to, it wouldn't stop me from buying the car (I actually like almost everything else about the little crossover quite a lot), but I still wish I could be just a bit higher.

Also, a follow-up to my post last Friday about not being able to remove the headrest for child seat installation: Thanks, subaru123 for suggesting that I just tilt the seatback forward. That did the trick; instantly plenty of room to remove the headrest completely. Now I've got a well-installed kid seat.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 7,601 miles

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2009 Suzuki SX4: Pleasures and Perils of a Tall Seating Position

June 02, 2009

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Our long-term 2009 Suzuki SX4 hatchback has a very tall seating position, even by small 'n tall hatchback standards. The car sits high off the ground (6.9 inches of ground clearance, apparently) and, as you can see, the driver seat is then mounted high off the floor.

Getting into this car requires no bending or crouching whatsoever from the average-size adult, but for the slightly klutzy, the exposed seat track poses a hazard.

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2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover: Front Seat Comfort

April 29, 2009

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Front seats don't get much more basic than the ones in our 2009 Suzuki SX4. They have manual sliding fore and aft and manual seat recline. No lumbar, no ventilating, no butt massaging (unless you do it yourself). And you know what, the seats are just fine without all that stuff.

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