2007 Suzuki SX4 Review
The all-wheel-drive 2007 Suzuki Bargain
Why We Drove It
Fun to Drive
2nd Opinion – Chee
Here's a small, stylish car with surprisingly peppy performance, ample cargo room and AWD. It has what looks to be an interior that will wear well, with seats that are comfortable enough. Drive this baby high in the rev range and you get surprising performance. One minor point: I didn't like the numb feel of the shifter, and don't need the AWD. Still, it's a screaming deal for $15,000. Make mine the SX4 over the Dodge Caliber, for sure. Now all they need is a turbo version.
2nd Opinion – Perry
Looks like I am odd man out around the office in terms of my feeling that the Suzuki SX4 is severely underpowered. I understand the small car, small engine and high fuel economy idea, but having to keep your foot buried and run the engine at redline to get power makes no sense. It also results in a buzzy freeway drive. Overall, the SX4 is a well-built and designed car actually shaming the Toyota Yaris and bullying the Nissan Versa. The AWD for around $15k puts it over the top. Take the numbness out of the tranny, add some horsepower, massage the looks, and you have a real bargain.
2nd Opinion – Wardlaw
Fans of Bob Barker's show will love the Suzuki SX4 because the price is definitely right. Our $15,000 test car possessed more refinement and equipment than one can rightfully expect for such a paltry sum and people who battle inclement weather on a consistent basis will appreciate the AWD system – a rarity in this class. The only things missing were cruise control and a seat height adjuster, and the only flaws were minor build quality issues and a tight rear seat. Acceleration, handling, ride quality, materials, utility, and design are competitive with the current small-car darlings from Honda, Nissan, and Toyota.
Photos courtesy of Ron Perry