We’re quite fond of the Suzuki SX4 here at carwow. Like much of Suzuki’s range, it doesn’t quite top the class for talent, but under the slightly plain styling there’s always a likeable, useful vehicle.
The new SX4, which made its entrance today at the Geneva Motor Show, should be more of the same – maybe a little extra, in fact.
That’s because the new SX4 has grown compared to its predecessor, and not just by a few inches. In fact, it’s 165mm longer, 10mm wider, up to 10mm taller and has a 100mm longer wheelbase.
Suzuki’s research has found that crossover buyers are looking for a little extra space. As a result, the new car grows from something between the B and C segment competitors, to a car sized to match the class leaders – particularly the Nissan Qashqai.
The new SX4’s styling isn’t a huge departure from the old car, but follows current norms with a slightly sharper, sportier look. Chunky plastic cladding around the base of the car and a set of roof rails above give buyers the pseudo off-road look currently in vogue. It should also be safe – Suzuki is targeting five stars in Euro NCAP crash testing.
Suzuki has worked on interior quality too. The slightly bland look of before has made way for a sculpted, dual-layer dashboard.
Air vents and stereo controls sit on a large horizontal section, while heating and ventilation controls are mounted below. Soft-touch plastics abound, and Suzuki has made good use of silver plastics to brighten up the black-finish dash.
Interior space is better than before too, thanks to the larger body. Suzuki is claiming a class-leading 430-litre boot – a Qashqai is 410 litres.
Buyers will be able to choose between 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. Petrol models get a five-speed manual gearbox, diesels have six speeds, and a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) is optional on the petrol. Four-wheel drive is optional on both engines.
No fuel economy figures have yet been revealed, but Suzuki is claiming some of the lowest CO2 outputs in the class – the two-wheel drive diesel puts out as little as 110 g/km.
Priced from: Not yet announced
Available from: Autumn