Used 2008 Suzuki SX4

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2008 Suzuki SX4
List price
$4,999

Pros

  • Hatchback's standard AWD system, tall cabin provides exceptional headroom, long powertrain warranty, available stability control.

Cons

  • Below-average fuel economy, modest cargo capacity, sedan's rear seats do not fold, interior materials lag behind class-leading Fit and Versa.

Used 2008 Suzuki SX4 for Sale

Suzuki SX4 2008
89,948 miles
Used 2008
Suzuki SX4
Sport
(1)
AutoOne
94.4 mi away
List$4,999
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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Suzuki SX4 2008 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
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Used 2008
Suzuki SX4
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Edmunds' Expert Review

While the 2008 Suzuki SX4 might not be your top pick if gas mileage and cargo space are primary concerns, it's worth a look -- particularly in hatchback form -- if you're very tall or in need of an affordable all-weather vehicle.

vehicle overview

Although Suzuki is a small-time player in the United States, it's among the automotive giants in Japan -- and its success is based largely on its ability to build desirable small cars. Oddly enough, Suzuki has struggled to come up with subcompact and compact entries Americans want to buy. In recent years, the company has even turned to its partner General Motors, and sourced cars from the GM Daewoo Auto & Technology (GMDAT) plant in Korea. However, Suzuki finally turned the corner last year with the introduction of the SX4 hatchback, an attractively styled four-door hatchback with solid performance, an ample features list and standard all-wheel drive. It's not a best-in-class entry just yet, but for buyers in need of a low-cost snow vehicle, the Suzuki SX4 makes a lot of sense.

For 2008, the company is attempting to give the SX4 line broader appeal with the debut of the 2008 Suzuki SX4 Sport. Offered only as a front-wheel-drive sedan, the SX4 Sport will eventually supplant the Forenza/Reno siblings as Suzuki's mainstream economy sedan entry. The "Sport" in the sedan's name is intentional, as Suzuki hopes to emphasize that its lowered and more firmly tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels and lower body kit add up to a sportier driving experience. Suzuki even fitted a rear crossbrace in the sedan's trunk for a 15 percent increase in structural rigidity over the hatchback. Unfortunately, this stiffening measure also prevents the rear seats from folding. Otherwise, the SX4 sedan is mechanically identical to the hatchback, using the same 143-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. This new SX4 iteration performs competently in most respects, but it's a stretch to call it sporty.

In terms of size and market positioning, the 2008 Suzuki SX4 sedan and hatchback fall somewhere between traditional subcompact and compact classifications. On one hand, they're built on Suzuki's global B-segment platform (also used for the Swift hatchback outside the U.S.) and naturally compete with the Chevrolet Aveo, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, Scion xD and Toyota Yaris. On the other, they're longer, wider and taller than most of these cars and arguably more in line with less expensive compact entries like the Chevrolet Cobalt, Dodge Caliber, Hyundai Elantra and Kia Spectra.

This is a large, competitive field, and although the SX4 sedan offers a sufficient features list and plenty of interior room, there's not much to set this newcomer apart from other budget four-doors. The driving experience is decent enough, but the quality of its cabin materials is merely average at best and its fuel economy numbers are below average at a time when small-car buyers are giving EPA estimates extra scrutiny. The Suzuki SX4 hatchback is the stronger sell in our view, as its standard all-wheel drive and pint-size SUV styling make it an appealing option over AWD versions of the Caliber, Subaru Impreza and any number of small sport-utilities.

trim levels & features

The 2008 Suzuki SX4 is a compact car available in four-door hatchback and four-door sedan body styles. Known as the SX4 Sport, the sedan is front-wheel drive only, while the SX4 hatchback is all-wheel drive. Both body styles come in base, Convenience and Touring trim levels.

Standard features on the base SX4 hatchback include 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, air-conditioning, a CD/MP3 player and full power accessories. The base SX4 sedan has 17-inch alloys, a lower body kit and a lowered suspension with firmer tuning. Equipped with the Convenience Package, both SX4s gain cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. In addition to that, an SX4 with the Touring Package offers automatic climate control, an upgraded nine-speaker audio system with an in-dash CD changer, heated outside mirrors and the SmartPass keyless entry and engine-start system.

performance & mpg

Power for all Suzuki SX4s comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 143 hp and 136 pound-feet of torque. It's connected to a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic.

The EPA's 2008 fuel economy estimates for the all-wheel-drive SX4 hatchback are 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway with either transmission. The front-drive SX4 Sport sedan fares a bit better in this area, earning a 23/31 rating with the automatic and 23/30 with the manual. Still, all those numbers are at the bottom of the barrel in terms of subcompact sedans and hatchbacks.

safety

Every 2008 Suzuki SX4 comes with antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags and head-protecting side curtain airbags for all outboard passengers. Traction and stability control, an unusual feature for this class, is standard on SX4 Touring models only.

driving

Though it has a powerful engine compared to its subcompact competition, the 2008 Suzuki SX4 is no hot rod. A bulky curb weight negates any advantage and the engine is light on low-end torque. As a result, acceleration is no better than other less powerful competitors -- we've timed an automatic-equipped hatchback at a leisurely 11.3 seconds for the 0-60-mph run. Buyers so inclined would be wise to stick with the manual gearbox: It makes better use of the engine's power while offering a satisfyingly snappy gearchange.

The extra pounds help give the SX4 a smooth, refined ride quality at least, and the standard antilock disc brakes don't seem to mind the extra heft. Big bumps barely upset the suspension and the hatchback's sizable 16-inch tires provide solid grip. With its lower-profile 17-inch tires and firmer suspension, the SX4 Sport sedan is the better handler of the two, and body roll is well managed through the corners. For a car with "Sport" in its name, however, its steering feedback is disappointingly minimal. Buyers seeking a truly sporting drive in an inexpensive car will do better with a Honda Fit or a lightly optioned Mazda 3 i.

interior

The Suzuki SX4's cabin has a clean design with large, three-dial climate control knobs that sit just below a compact, well-labeled CD stereo. Unfortunately, said stereo doesn't include the auxiliary audio jack younger buyers will be looking for, and the quality of the surrounding plastics is a step or two below the materials in rivals like the xD, Fit and Versa. However, those who are very tall will appreciate the Suzuki's voluminous headroom in both the front and rear. The propped-up driving position may feel a bit awkward to some consumers, but ex-SUV owners will find it familiar and beneficial to outward visibility. Knee room can be tight for adults seated in back, but the high-mounted bench provides good thigh support. In the hatchback, the 60/40-split rear seat can be lowered and tumbled forward to open up an ample 38 cubic feet of cargo room. In the SX4 Sport sedan, the rear seat is fixed in place, but the large 14-cubic-foot trunk provides a deep well of usable space.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Suzuki SX4.

Well built car
ibali, 6/17/2015
Bought this car brand new in January 2009 and owned ever since. The following are the only problems I have had in 6 + years: Year 2: Change radio; CD player sticking (warranty). Year 3: Change power steering pump (made noise) and warranty. Year 6: Change water pump $350 for part and labor. Year 7: Changed wiper arm $80 Year 8: Nothing Year 9: Changed tie rods, idle arms $1,000 150,000 miles.
2008 Suzuki
Kevin Hughes, 8/7/2016
I purchase this car right after my divorce in 2010. I was only planning on owning for a year or two. 6 years later I still have it. The only time it left me stranding is with a dead battery. I have only have to do routine repairs. The only exception new front struts at $500 at 105,000. The car now has 109,000 and everything still works. Air still blows cold. My only complaint is now parts are somewhat hard to find and fuel economy is a little low for a car of it's size. I average 25 but do very little highway driving.
Three years strong...
princesskiara, 3/11/2014
Bought it used, and I've had my SX4 for just shy of 3 years, and have had no mechanical issues. It will reach 80k miles this month, and the only things I've done are replaced the tires and front brake pads, plus the regular 30k services and oil changes. Love the keyless ignition and entry, love the fuel range module (I get an average of 27mpg, up to 40 on road trips), love how I sit in it and that the windshield doesn't feel like it's too close to my forehead. :) The only issue I have is the suspension--feels like it needs stabilization when I hit bumps on corners. It rides nice, however, and feels very safe in all other conditions. Never had any problems on snow or ice. :)
air bags
morningstar44, 2/14/2015
I own a Suzuki sx4 2008 model, I always like my car until I was in a wreck, from the wreck I broke my neck and mess up my back. I was T-bone on the driver side and the side air bags did not come out the front ones did but the one on my steering wheel shattered as it deployed, I was hit from the side so my side ones should of came out, these model cars needs too have a check on them before someone else gets hurt like me the doctors said I will never work again
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Features & Specs

MPG
23 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
143 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
23 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
143 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
22 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
143 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
22 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
143 hp @ 5800 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

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Used 2008 Suzuki SX4 Overview

The Used 2008 Suzuki SX4 is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include 4dr Sedan w/Popular Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 4A), 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Sport 4dr Sedan w/Convenience Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Sport 4dr Sedan w/Convenience Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 5M), 4dr Sedan w/Popular Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Sport Road TRIP Ed 4dr Sedan w/Touring Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 4A), 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 4A), 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Sport Road TRIP Ed 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A), 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Sport 4dr Sedan w/Touring Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Road TRIP Ed 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Sport Road TRIP Ed 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Sport Road TRIP Ed 4dr Sedan w/Convenience Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Sport Road TRIP Ed 4dr Sedan w/Touring Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Crossover 4dr Hatchback AWD w/Convenience Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Crossover 4dr Hatchback AWD w/Convenience Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Sport 4dr Sedan w/Touring Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Road TRIP Ed 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 4A), 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Crossover 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Crossover 4dr Hatchback AWD w/Touring Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Crossover 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Road TRIP Ed 4dr Hatchback w/Touring Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Road TRIP Ed 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Sport Road TRIP Ed 4dr Sedan w/Convenience Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Road TRIP Ed 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M), 4dr Hatchback w/Touring Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 4A), 4dr Hatchback w/Touring Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Crossover 4dr Hatchback AWD w/Touring Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 4A), and Road TRIP Ed 4dr Hatchback w/Touring Pkg (2.0L 4cyl 4A).

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