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2007 Suzuki SX4

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2007 Suzuki SX4 Review

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The SX4, a brand new model from Suzuki, joins a small group of all-wheel-drive hatchbacks favored by young buyers who want a low-end, compact-sized carry-all. A friendly little car with a distinctive design, the SX4 fits nicely into the economy-plus-power niche that the budget-conscious buyer seeks. Suzuki predicts huge growth in the compact five-door hatchback market in deference to fuel prices and the decline of large SUVs. With an engine designed by General Motors and built in Japan, the SX4 is assembled in Hungary, handy production locations for a model that Suzuki plans to sell as a world car. Sales of the carmaker's entire lineup have soared over the last two years, with Suzuki increasingly recognized as a reputable, reliable maker of market-driven, inexpensive models.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like this car for its tough-enough-to-take-on-a- truck attitude, reasonable price and standard "intelligent" three-mode all-wheel-drive (i-AWD) system that switches to two-wheel drive for fuel economy. Flexible seating folds down to increase cargo space. And if small and affordable are your goals, the SX4 serves them up with panache.

You May Not Like This Car If...

A carload of character is designed into the sturdy stance and exterior. The wedge-shaped body gives an appearance of forward readiness with a sloping nose and raked windshield. The rear doors extend to the height of the roof and over the rear wheels for maximum ease of entry and exit. The distinctive wrap-around hatch window affords excellent visibility, and rear lights placed halfway up the tailgate mean those in road monsters can see the SX4's brake lights easily. Although they don't open, the small pyramid-shaped glass inserts mounted forward of the front windows and bordered in black add pizzazz. Built-in roof rails can carry bicycle racks.

What's New for 2007

The least expensive all-wheel-drive vehicle on the market, the cheery SX4 is a sport (S) crossover (X) that fuses function with a sense of fun. Suzuki has built its smallest vehicle as a precocious pup of a hatchback with a terrific all-wheel-drive system and a powertrain that can best most comers.

Driving the SX4
Driving Impressions

The SX4 Sport is one nimble little car. The rigid steel body, wide track and fine-tuned chassis deliver efficient stability, responsive handling and minimal body roll, although the dual grab...

... handles might tempt front-seat riders to reach up and use them at speed. Crisp response from the strong 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission, and the hatchback's tidy size and low weight, combine to encourage enthusiastic driving, even for commuters. The well-designed and highly-tuned front and rear suspension provides a stable, comfortable ride.

All-Wheel Drive
The star of the show is the i-AWD, whose console-mounted switch is just itching to be turned to one of three modes: Two-wheel drive for maximum fuel economy on decent, dry roads; Auto, to control the ratio of power sent to the rear wheels; and Lock mode, for increased traction in snow or mud. The Lock mode is automatically cancelled above 36 miles per hour.

Cargo Area
Flip the rear seat down and a cavernous 54 cubic feet of cargo space is available. Coupled with a very wide opening through the fifth door, the trunk area can store bulky items.

2007 Suzuki SX4 Details
2007 Suzuki SX4 photo Interior

At first glance, the interior appears similar to its competitors, until the split rear seatbacks are folded down to reveal an expanse of cargo space that can swallow a couple of boogie boards through the yawning hatch door. The SX4 offers reasonably comfortable room for five passengers - if the rear middle rider is slim. An obviously plastic vertical panel runs down the center of the dash and holds the radio, air conditioning, i-AWD and other control buttons and switches, with extra tabs on the steering wheel. The seating and interior trim are prosaic but the intrinsic beauty of the SX4 is found in its practicality, performance and price.

Exterior
2007 Suzuki SX4 photo

Suzuki claims the SX4 Sport's front-end was inspired by a traditional Japanese Kabuki mask but, beyond a few bolder creases in its unique soft fascia and revamped grille openings, the headlights, hood and fenders are all identical to the SX4 crossover. The Sport has an arched roofline and relatively large glass area that help create a roomier cabin and afford exceptional outward visibility.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Better-equipped than many compacts in its price range, the SX4's crown jewel is the easy-to-use i-AWD system. Other major features include an exceptional array of safety equipment, with six airbags for side impact, front and side-curtain protection. Also in the package are four-wheel drive anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic braking distribution, power windows and locks, air conditioning, AM/FM/MP3/CD audio system, remote entry and tilt wheel. The Sport model adds electronic stability with traction control to assist with front or rear wheel slip, cruise control, power heated mirrors, climate control and a six-disc CD changer audio system.

Optional Equipment

Do nine speakers and a subwoofer do it for you? They're an option on both models, as is the four-speed automatic transmission. With so much equipment already standard, options for the SX4 are limited to cruise control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated stereo controls, which is also part of the standard equipment for the Sport model.

Under the Hood

Few cars of this size and price house a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 143-horsepower engine (the Fit's horsepower is 109, the xA is 103 and the Versa is 122). Matched to the five-speed manual transmission or the specially-tuned four-speed automatic, which probably will far outsell the manual in the U.S., the SX4's engine and gearbox are exceptionally compatible.

2.0-liter in-line 4
143 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
136 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/29 (manual), 24/30 (automatic)

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2007 Suzuki SX4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 283 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Good car

By on Thursday, March 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 139,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "very dependable,"

Cons: "no close dealerships for specialized maintenance,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"For the price, it's a very good vehicle. Gas mileage is OK (about 27 in town, 30 on long trips). It's not very comfortable for passengers on extended trips due to no arm rest, but there is plenty of leg room in the back seat. I've not had any trouble with the car in the 8 years I've owned it, except the recalls that were fixed. All the maintenance I've done is an oil change every 3000 miles and new tires. It probably needs a brake job, but I usually just gear down rather than use the brakes, except for stopping of course."

Excellent value

By on Thursday, March 03, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Snappy car, easy on gas, comfortable"

Cons: "no dealerships in many areas, airbag recall exists"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

winter muck on my Suzuki SX4

"I have had this car for 8 years now and it has never needed any repairs whatsoever. I have only just slapped tires and brakes on it as needed and kept up with my oil changes. Mine has 2 wheel drive and is an automatic sedan version. It averages about 28 mpg with semi-aggressive driving. Jumping out in traffic on the highway and the occasional high speed pass doesn't dent the 28 mpg too much. It has the power to drive aggressively. It is not a sports car, but you don't have to turn off the AC to pass someone (like with many weaker 4 cylinder cars). It handles great, cornering quite well with no leaning. The tires are pretty wide for such a compact sedan, which is coupled nicely with its finely tuned suspension. The four wheel disk brakes can stop it on a dime. It drives well in snow and on icy roads, with a very smart braking system that is not too invasive and yet keeps it pretty straight even on slippery surfaces. The trunk space is ridiculous. It almost doesn't make sense when you look at it - it seems too big for the car. It is quite deep, accommodating suit cases in their upright position. The seats do not fold down in the sedan, but you wouldn't need them too as there is more than enough space to haul a lot of cargo. It sits kind of high which gives it a slightly awkward look. I compared this to the similarly priced Mazda 3. The biggest difference is the head space. The roof is just enough taller than the Mazda 3 that a 6 foot tall person can comfortably ride around and go over speed bumps without knocking their heads on the ceiling. The driver sits in something like a cockpit, made kinda weird by the strange double A pillars. This is pretty cool, though once you get used to it. The windshield is angled pretty low so rocks and such bounce off without causing damage. Compared to many cars, the windshield can put up with a lot of abuse. I have yet to replace it, whereas my old Chevy Aveo had it's windshield replaced twice due to rocks. It has an efficient cruising speed of around 75 mph. Going over that on a level highway will reduce the mpg to about 26 mpg. At about 40 mph one can get as much as 35 mpg. So if scooting around the suburbs is your task, you will get great gas mileage. There is an obvious trade off for performance with this car. The four cylinder should be able to get better average mpg than 28. But with more horsepower and torque at your disposal, you end up driving it kind of hard (which this car makes pretty fun). A good hyper-mileage driver could probably squeeze 35 mpg out of the car and a lead foot teenager would get about 25 mpg. The seats are quite comfortable and have worn well over the years. Only a few snags in the mesh here and there, but the general shape, a shallow bucket seat of sorts, is still pretty much as it was when I bought it. The ONLY downside is that Suzuki dealerships are hard to find so any recalls are hard to address. There is something to do with the passenger air bag and the seat sensor that needs to be addressed, but without a dealership there is not much you can do there. Aftermarket parts are plentiful and pretty cheap. I replaced the front calipers without spending a fortune (turned out I warped the rotors and the calipers were fine). A good set of performance rotors and mid-level brakes, combined with the front calipers, ran me less than $200 and were quite easy to install."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

winter muck on my Suzuki SX4

Expensive Repairs Horrible Gas Mileage.

By on Saturday, February 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Sturdy"

Cons: "Expensive parts and terrible gas mileage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Yes, this car is cute, yes, you get four wheel drive, BUT the drive shaft WILL break in this car, it will cost you $800 or more. and this part breaks constantly I am approaching #3. This part CANNOT be rebuilt. There are NON-Stop issues with the tires, my car's studs and lug nuts are worn out, some have, even broken, from the constant tire issues. IF you like a sturdy car, with poor gas mileage, and getting nickled and dimed for parts, by all means buy this car. Also, this car is LOUD."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Not bad

By on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"This vehicle doesn't appear to hold value well. Also the parts are hard to find and they are expensive. I average 28-30MPG. It's a reliable vehicle. I have not had any major problems with it yet."

17 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Has been a reliable great little car

By on Thursday, September 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good in snow, fun to drive, dependable and cute!!"

Cons: "Can be tad bumpy ride in back seat but still roomy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My 2009 Suzuki has proven to be reliable, fun to drive and unbelievable in snow, just pushes through deep snow like it's not there! IT handles well, although back seat passengers tend to feel big bumps. No major problems, just regular upkeep to keep it purring. Someone mentioned needing to replace brakes often, but mine made it 29000, not as good as my other cars but I'm not complaining. I have a wonderful mechanic who talked me out of selling it when SUZUKI moved out of county, he said he's had no problem with parts and I'm glad I kept it. Mine had 31000 miles on it, I garage it, take care of it and have had people want to buy it from me for top price. Think I'll hang on to for a while til I get the new car urge."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Smooth tight ride, accurate steering, short wheel

By on Thursday, August 20, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: TRADE UP 4MY SON'S ASPEC TL

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Smooth, pretty, modern, reliable, Japanese quality"

Cons: "Irritatingly small fuel tank on AWD, noisy >60mph"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"PROS-inexpensive but well built & relatively trouble free, beautiful modern styling, headlights & paint, tightly built squeak free dash & interior for this price point, cold well built quiet A/C & heater, reliable on demand but unnecessary AWD, modern DCI ignition system & throttle by wire, PW,PL,PS, TILT, A/C, Cruise, intermittent front & rear wipers w/washers, trip computer, continuous mileage meter, TMPS, 4whl disc, 4channel anti-lock brakes & AM/FM/MP3 player all standard, CONS- cabin is a bit noisy above 60 mph for conversation, no modern variable valve timing engine, traction & stability control not standard, aux input or bluetooth connection not standard, small fuel tank (mostly due to the rear drive shaft relief), small but reasonably comfortable stadium like rear seating, gang style TMPS instead of individual wheel report TMPS, no electric P/S, no Lithium battery, no upper control arm, no direct fuel injection (this is and old lie, true fuel injection IS directly into the combustion chamber like a diesel. Manufacturers have falsified the term 'fuel injection' for decades now & have only recently created the term 'direct fuel injection' to represent a new and improved version of what they should have been doing all along) Most rate this vehicle as if it were a car & judge her fuel mileage as such. It is not a car. It is a Micro Crossover & a heavy one in that it is a car and 1/2 due to the AWD. Her fuel economy is on point with a relatively heavy AWD Crossover of this size & weight. She is NOT a Corolla nor a Civic & should not be compared to such. Her drag coefficient & center of gravity are far too high to compete in the economy car class. If missing out on a few modern niceties, a small tank & a bit of noise at highway speeds don't bother you; then you will be happy with the SX4. I suggest that you run her tires above 40 psi to get the fuel mileage up & make her a bit more confident on the road. She doesn't have everything but she has more than she deserves for this price point. Suzuki has done very well here."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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