Suzuki SX4 2.0
I am usually very unconvinced of the point of these mid-range SUV type of vehicles. This Suzuki though has made me think again about their usefulness. I really enjoyed this car though it did feel a model away from being the finished product, it did everything rather well. I took it to a friend’s place out past Lanseria on a long sandy road to his farm, and it went about this quite happily. I wouldn’t be confident of seriously taking it off road but the target market for this car probably won’t be doing that level of off road driving.
I picture the Suzuki with horse boxes and on long weekends in Graaf Reinet. It has excellent consumption and offers itself as something purposeful, though I wanted more boot space in the SX4. The overall comfort level when driving the car is excellent, it is a really forgiving easy drive. It kept just doing enough without complaint but I still felt like I wanted more from the SX4. It felt almost perfect; I think a slightly more powerful engine would offer a bit more versatility. The 2,0 litre motor works with the SX4 because it isn’t the biggest and heaviest of SUVs. For a typical South African I think there will be the feeling that there is a need for more space and power. It is just the way we are with our SUVs in particular. Taking down the seats was delightfully easy so it feels practical, but still I would like the boot to be big enough for a saddle or two sets of golf clubs. It is a wonderful “starter” SUV though and I’d love to take it on a road trip. It had loads of quirkiness and personality and once it was on the go it was a really relaxing drive.
In the end the SX4 is good and at R220,000.00 is well priced and fits nicely into the market. The front windows are slightly odd in shape and placed almost awkwardly. I noticed it and once I had noticed it, I couldn’t un-notice it. It’s a small thing, and the SX4 otherwise is a nice looking SUV, almost friendly in design. It is the perfect young family SUV. It is a bigger estate type of car, which in South Africa really does make more sense to buy than a station wagon type of car.
Specs Worth Noting:
- Price: R220,900.00
- Engine: Transverse inline 4 cylinder
- Gearbox: 6-speed Manual
- Acceleration 0-100kmph: 9.4 Seconds
- Power Output: [email protected]
- Torque: [email protected]
- Airbags: Driver, Passenger, Front sides and Full Curtain Sides
- Side Impact Protection: No.
Competitors and Pricing:
- Nissan Qashqai 2,0 Acentra 4 x 2: R 289,300.00
- Volkswagen Cross Polo 1,6 TDI Comfortline: R 225,600.00
- Hyundai ix35 2,0 GL 4 x 2: R 249,900.00
- KIA Sportage AWD 2,0: R 299,995.00