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