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It's the Suzuki style

By unknown | Jan 14, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bruce Fraser

Bruce Fraser

Launched in June last year, the Suzuki SX4 took its time to find its way to Sowetan's offices but the wait has definitely been worth it.

There is no doubt that since re-entering the competitive local car market, Suzuki has made inroads - and deservedly so.

The SX4 we had on test for a week proved an economical (9,1litres per 100km) ride and the comfort features it has come standard, making it a viable option when considering buying a smallish car.

A keyless start system, airbags (front, side, curtain), ABS brakes and a pumping CD-radio-MP3 system added up to a hassle-free and safe couple of days of motoring.

The 2,0litre engine (107kW) was perky enough and the round town driving was effortless.

For a vehicle this size it is decidedly roomy. Typically Japanese, the dashboard instruments are clutter-free, accessible and, most importantly, clearly visible. Outside temperature, fuel consumption and the time dial are all neatly housed in a little strip above the air vents.

Below this is the sound system and below that the airconditioning. Everything you need, but not over- elaborate.

The 3-spoke steering wheel, which is home to cruise control and linked to the sound system, gives it that sporty feel and I found an attractive design feature is the extra window space afforded to the front of the vehicle.

The Suzuki range comes in attractive colours. On test we had Sunlight Copper. Other shades include Ocean Blue, Azure Grey and Nocturne Blue.

All in all, the SX4 appears to be good value for money and with a 4-Star Euro Ncap safety rating, peace of mind is part of the deal.

It has already picked up international awards, including Small Car of the Year in Israel, New Zealand and the UK - is it South Africa's turn next?

lThe SX4 comes with a six-year 90000km service plan and a three-year 100000km warranty. Pricing for the manual is R163900 and the automatic costs R176900.


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