Suzuki has launched the all-new SX4 in South Africa.
The most notable aspect of the SX4 is that it is quite a bit larger than the outgoing, and is now similar in size to vehicles such as the ASX and C4 Aircross. The new model is 165mm longer, with a 100mm increase in wheelbase, while the width has grown by 10mm.
Predictably, the interior is also roomier, and the cabin is now 220 mm longer and 35 mm wider than the original version. It is also better equipped and plusher than before. There is, for example, a tilt and reach-adjustable steering wheel, while both front seats can be adjusted for height. A 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat ensures practicality. Cruise control, as well as a Bluetooth and an MP3-capable infotainment system are also standard features.
Under the bonnet of the new SX4 is a 1,6-litre four-cylinder powerplant (only one engine is on offer). It produces 86 kW of power and 156 Nm of torque, which isn’t a lot, but the SX4 feels eager enough. Unless, that is, you opt for the CVT version. Mated to the CVT, the engine feels somewhat lethargic and struggles to accelerate. The CVT is definitely not the model to opt for, but luckily a manual shifter is available.
The range consist of five models in total. There are three front-wheel drive versions, while the two flagship models are fitted with Suzuki’s AllGrip four-wheel-drive system. The entry-level two-wheel drive version features the GL interior execution, and a five-speed manual gearbox. The remaining two-wheel drive derivatives are equipped to GLX specification, but offer either a manual gearbox, or constantly variable transmission (CVT). That leaves the two flagship GLX AllGrip versions, both with the same long list of standard features, but also featuring either a manual gearbox, or a CVT.
Safety features include ABS brakes with EBD, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), and a full complement of seven airbags.
All five models boast a three-year/100 000 km warranty, a three-year/90 000 km service plan, and a three-year roadside assistance package. Service intervals are 15 000km.
1.6 GL 5MT R265 900
1.6 GLX 5MT R295 900
1.6 GLX CVT R318 900
1.6 GLX 5MT ALLGRIP R319 900
1.6 GLX CVT ALLGRIP R341 900