Thursday, September 8, 2016
Quickie Used Car Review - Suzuki SX4 Sedan (2008-2011)
The Good: Drives decently, looks sporty enough
The Bad: Early engines struggle with weight, cheap feeling interior
The Say: Nice car that struggles to stay afloat.
Go For: 1.6 Aero (2010-2011)
Avoid: 1.6 Sedan (2008-2010)
Price Range: P320,000-P340,000
Our Rating: **
Full Review: Used Car Review - Suzuki SX4 (2008-2015)
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Locally, the SX4 was Suzuki's first sedan offering until a hatchback counterpart was offered years later which coincided with an update. Worldwide, it replaced the Aerio and Forenza compacts which are long in the tooth during its time. However, this vehicle didn't sell well as expected which resulted to its early demise in 2011.
Driving this vehicle is a delight, especially that the driver sits upright complemented with large windows for a good view outside. Passengers, on the other hand, wouldn't receive any poor road modulations that are transmitted plus the tires are comfort biased, a good thing. The standard 1.6 engine, depending on what model you are considering, will give you a hard time accelerating due to its weight (2008 to 2010) or something much better on cruising (2010 to 2011) but it is solidly planted.
If Japanese CBUs are known for their well built interiors, this one exposes the opposite side since interior fit and finish is on the cheap side plus some controls have the tendency to snap out. On the plus side, seating position is excellent and is airy for all occupants.
What Should I Get
Unlike most Japanese rivals, the SX4 sedan is sold in one model. All models from 2008 to 2010 has a 102hp 1.6 engine, all power amenities, dual airbags, ABS brakes, CD player with MP3, keyless entry, fog lamps, 60/40 fold rear seat, steering wheel audio controls, and side skirts. An update in 2010 boosted its power to 110hp and added an alarm, auxiliary jack, and a spoiler to the mix. We recommend going for models sporting the 110hp if you happen to find one since it does not struggle on acceleration.
How Much Would It Cost Me
Not much problems were reported especially that this vehicle didn't sell much so expect this vehicle to be reliable. One pet peeve is Suzuki's expensive spare parts plus given the fact this vehicle is discontinued already, it may be not that much visible like rivals.