When I studied engineering 30 years ago, one of the first things we were taught was to make frequently serviced components easily accessible. Obviously the engineers at Suzuki did not go to the same university !, try changing the cigarette lighter fuse, you have to dismantle the facia or be a contortionist, try to replace the oil filter, almost impossible to undo and retighten without special tools ! Love the car but hate working on it, also a problem with the paint on the hood, measles !!! Suzuki maintain that they are stone chips despite no similar spots on the guards etc. Suzuki aftersales service SUCKS.
A fun car in all driving conditions, great in the mountains and on the Hwy.
Shoot the designers, serviceable items should be accessible.
My father and I co-own this car, bought new, to handle the treacherous roads of Pittsburgh in the winter.
It handles very sporty, good tire grip, great in turns.
Mileage was a dismal 16 MPG in Pa., but since moving to Florida, now getting 27.6 MPG, but all level driving.
Feels roomy up front, tight in rear, and more cargo room than a sedan, but not as good as it could be (fold flat rear seat needed!).
Peppy around town and on highway, CVT does a good job.
Interior is rather bland and radio quality is poor.
But my biggest gripe is regarding the front "A" pillars... causes DANGEROUS blind spots.
Poor design on that, and must lean forward and back to see around them.
Seats are hard too.
GREAT 4WD system; one of the last remaining set ups that the driver can control if the car is in FWD, AWD (auto) or locked into 4WD.
Engine runs well, MPG good for 4WD SUV:
37.6 overall with CVT.
Looks unique and cute and like the front seat armrests.
Thin out those "A" pillars; create bad blind spots!
More road clearance for 4WD models, better contoured seats, and fold-flat rear seats as seen in previous year SX4's.
Also need a Bluetooth stereo system with voice command for safety.
Overall... a really nice car for the price; too bad Suzuki bailed on the U.S.
Finding service and parts is becoming an issue!
This is by far the best car I have ever owned (and I have owned a lot). It drives great, good power for a small good, very comfortable, the all wheel drive is AWSOME this car does great in the snow. Only comlaint cargo area is a little small other than that very excellent car!!!!!!
This is a pretty bland car that lacks important creature comforts and is surprisingly small.
At first it feels large but once you put 4 adults in you realize how small it really is.
We bought this car because we had a baby on the way.
The trunk barely fits the baby stroller and the passenger seat has to be moved all the way forward to accommodate the baby seat.
This car gets very poor MPG, isn't fun to drive, and isn't very large.
The only real redeeming feature I can think of is the AWD which is pretty capable even in very nasty weather.
It's not a bad car, it's just very mediocre but it doesn't cost much money.
Proper five or six speed automatic transmission, standard cruise control, needs to get better MPG.
We bought a brand new SX4 Crossover AWD Technology in Copper last month after having the transmission go out on our Hyundai. After looking at a variety of different cars, my wife saw one of these in the parking lot at Walmart and instantly came home and researched it on the internet. The next day, we went and test drove one. We love the spacious interior, excellent gps, cruise control, power everything, and the beautiful copper color. Selectable All wheel drive is a bonus, as is the CVT transmission with manual shifting ability. The Crossover rides smoothly, but tends to have some body lean and sometimes spongy feel. The engine is powerful, but only above 3,000 RPM. Overall, good car
GPS navigation with real time updates through MSN, Power everything, Cruise control, 8 speaker sound system, Manual-shifting capable automatic transmission, selectable AWD, comfortable interior materials, sporty engine.
Improve overall range between fuel stops, Needs a stronger air conditioner (it takes forever to cool when outside temps are above 95F), CVT shift logic needs refinement for a more solid feel, a slightly firmer suspension would be appreciated. Headrest comfort for taller occupants needs revision.