Samurai's Return? Suzuki SX4 Review

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    Samurai's Return? Suzuki SX4 Review

    2007 Suzuki SX4 Sport - Review
    THE Auto Page
    By JOHN HEILIG
    www.theautochannel.com





    Suzuki hasn’t offered a true micro sport utility vehicle since the days of the Samurai. And while the Samurai’s sidekick, the Sidekick, grew into the Vitara, Grand Vitara and XL7 (which is now a mid-size), nothing has replaced the hole in the Suzuki lineup that the Samurai filled. Until now.
    For 2007, Suzuki is replacing the small Aerio sedan with the SX4, a five-door compact hatchback it calls a compact station wagon. The SX4 name stands for (S)port (X)-over for (4) seasons of weather. With the standard AWD, the SX4 might rightly be called a small (even micro) SUV. This isn’t a full-capability SUV with the equipment to go serious off-roading, but the SX4 will take you into and through the woods and give the added traction on muddy, snowy, or dirt roads.

    The AWD switch on the console permits the driver to move from front-wheel drive to AWD, or to a locked 50/50 power split between front and back. Front-wheel drive is best for dry pavement and maximum fuel economy. AWD Auto controls the power split ratio to the rear wheels from 0-50 percent. AWS lock mode distributes the power in the range of 30-50 percent. Over 36 mph in AWD Lock, the system automatically switches to AWD Auto mode.



    There’s no low-range gearing, but as I said earlier, you’re better off considering the SX4 a compact wagon with AWD rather than a small SUV.

    I knew the SX4 was going to be small, but when it appeared in my driveway, I was almost shocked. On the plus side, it prepared me better for the Honda Fit that arrived the following week. In fact, the SX4 rides on a wheelbase that’s two inches longer and is five inches longer overall than the Fit. Not that this increased length contributes to a superior ride. In fact, the SX4 has a typical small-car choppy ride. This isn’t an uncomfortable ride, but you know going in that you’re not in a luxury sedan.

    Suzuki has included a wide track and 16-inch wheels and tires to improve ride comfort, as well as a rigid body and reinforced suspension mounts. Ride quality was decent, as I said.

    Source / Continued: http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2...08/030946.html
    SX4 Home Page: http://www.suzukiauto.com/sr_07/sx4/...erformance.php



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    Re: Samurai's Return? Suzuki SX4 Review

    I like these cars a lot! Wish they offered the leather interior option they showed at the New York auto show before these were released. It was sharp. Great value for the money.

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    Definitely not a new Samurai, the Samurai was a BOF small truck, very customizable to be taken offroad, this thing is just a car with AWD

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    Re: Samurai's Return? Suzuki SX4 Review

    Yeah I'm thinking more along the lines of a next-gen Cruze.

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    Re: Samurai's Return? Suzuki SX4 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Joevette
    Definitely not a new Samurai, the Samurai was a BOF small truck, very customizable to be taken offroad, this thing is just a car with AWD
    Yes, but a really good alternative to the "I'm a Honda lemming" Fit. Nicer interior, better amenities, more power, and AWD. The gas mileage kinda sucks, though. 23/28 manual, 24/30 auto. My auto journalist friend said it was surprisingly fun to drive. I wish the Aveo was this interesting.

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    Re: Samurai's Return? Suzuki SX4 Review

    This thing is a FUGLY Korea type boat. Nothing like Samurai... which was a Wrangler type Jeep on frame

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    Re: Samurai's Return? Suzuki SX4 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau
    This thing is a FUGLY Korea type boat. Nothing like Samurai... which was a Wrangler type Jeep on frame
    I actually think this looks much nicer than the Samuri did in it's day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjd1001
    I actually think this looks much nicer than the Samuri did in it's day.
    Gotta love the turqouise paint job and pink "scribble" vinyl graphics...


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    Re: Samurai's Return? Suzuki SX4 Review

    The proper replacement for the Samurai is the Suzuki Jimny:



    The SX4 apparently replaces the Liana in some markets, like Europe, not sure about the US, but I haven't heard about any other replacement for the Aerio.
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    I like these little cars, they do indeed look like a great value. I saw one the other day in white and I was astonished about how handsome it looked.

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    The Jimny on top of Mt Coree, ACT, Australia

    There are a few Toyota Landcruiser bits attached to the rocks on the way up here. The Jimny just cruises up.

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    Re: Samurai's Return? Suzuki SX4 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by rocco
    The Jimny on top of Mt Coree, ACT, Australia

    There are a few Toyota Landcruiser bits attached to the rocks on the way up here. The Jimny just cruises up.
    This is the ideal size for an SUV. Who's really going to take an 8-passenger luxoboat off road, except safari tours?

    The SX4 looked like a nice, comfortable, versatile vehicle when I saw it at a recent auto show. The only concern are the flimsy front and rear bumper panels.

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    Re: Samurai's Return? Suzuki SX4 Review

    The Samurai, don't forget, had rollover issues.

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    The SX4 is a great car for snowy climates. I wish they would import other nice Suzukis, like the Swift. The Jimny would be fun to play with. Original Samurais are very hard to find now.
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    Re: Samurai's Return? Suzuki SX4 Review

    I like these cars also, they look different. The gas mileage isn't impressive though, and that would make a difference to me.

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