Suzuki SX4 Review & Ratings
- 19 August 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Suzuki SX4 is classified as a compact car and is produced by both the Japanese carmaker Suzuki as well as Italian carmaker Fiat. This vehicle is sold as the Fiat Sedici in various European markets and as the Maruti Suzuki SX4 in certain Asian markets. The SX4 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro Italdesign Giugardio studio and production of it started in 2006. While this vehicle was originally intended to be sold only in Europe, it is sold in a number of international markets and available as a hatchback or sedan in some markets. The hatchback version of this vehicle fits into a niche market with Mini SUV crossovers and is available with petrol engines in the 1.5-2.0 liter range as well as Fiat’s 1.3-2.0 liter diesel engine.
The SX4 carries on Suzuki’s tradition of small SUVs, similar to the SJ, Vitara, and Jimmy. This vehicle was first produced in December of 2005 and was initially displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2006. This vehicle effectively replaced the Aerio, or the Liana as it was known in certain markets, though the SX/4 designation was used by American Motors from 1981-83 for a sporty version of a liftback model for all-wheel drive AMC Eagle passenger cars.
The base engines that the SX4 comes with include the 1.5 liter gasoline unit, which is the same that is used in the Swift, as well as the 1.6 liter gasoline (with VVT) with a maximum total output of 102 PS or 101 horsepower. There is also the newer 1.6 L VVT, which was used for the Grand Vitara, and the 1.9 liter DDIS with a maximum total output of 120 PS or 118 horsepower and a maximum torque of 280 N m or 210 pound-feet of torque.
This vehicle was first released only with a 5-door hatchback body style and marketed as the SX4 Crossover. With a total boot space capacity of 300 liters or 270 liter VDA and 60:40 split fold rears, this vehicle is ideal for those who need a vehicle for loading and unloading cargo. The sedan version of this vehicle was marketed as the SX4 Sport and was first introduced to the public at the New York Auto Show in 2007. The Sport was released in Japan as well as India and a few Eastern European countries as well. The SX4 replaced the Suzuki Aerio sedan as well as the Suzuki Forenza sedan and station wagon.
The 2008 5-door hatchback model, sold as the SX4 Crossover in the U.S, included all-wheel drive as well as power windows, power door locks, and a CD player with mp3 capability. The Touring package that was also available with this vehicle came with a number of different features as well, including anti-lock brakes as well as stability control, traction control, fog lights, and an advanced key.
The second generation of this vehicle was launched in 2013 as the Suzuki S-Cross Concept and was based on a concept by Japanese automaker Suzuki. This vehicle was first displayed to the public at the Paris Motor Show in 2012 in September. At the time, Suzuki announced to the public that this vehicle would be a brand new model and not simply a replacement for the SX4, whose production schedule was planned to continue on. The new SX4 S-Cross design was based on the S-Cross concept and was displayed to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013 for the very first time. Compared to some of its predecessors, this vehicle was longer, wider, and taller with a wheelbase of 2,600 mm and early 2013 models were available with a 1.6 liter petrol engine or a 1.6 liter diesel, available with manual or CVT transmissions.