New Suzuki SX4 Crossover Debuts – Quality And Size Step Up

New Suzuki SX4 front

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.

New Suzuki SX4 rear

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.

New Suzuki SX4 interior

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

New Suzuki SX4 seats

Conclusion

We praised the old SX4 for its undemanding nature and four-wheel drive security in our review, and the new model should continue those trends. The extra space will also make it an even better family vehicle. Suzuki might only have a small presence in the UK, but we reckon the Nissan Qashqai will still have a fight on its hands come this Autumn…
For more information check out our full summary of the current Suzuki SX4 alongside reviews, stats, photos and videos!
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