2008 Suzuki SX4


Pros & Cons

  • Fun-to-drive
  • Nicely appointed vehicle for the price
  • Tall structure affords outstanding headroom and great visibility
  • Handsome exterior
  • All-wheel drive available with the five-door model
  • Rear seats don't fold down for additional utility
  • Disappointing fuel economy considering the vehicle's size

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Suzuki SX4 has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 36 pieces of research and data.

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.7
Safety: 8.4
Reliability:
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2008 Suzuki SX4 Overview

Last year, Suzuki introduced a SX4 crossover with a pleasing driving experience, abundant standard features and a cute exterior at an affordable price. For 2008, Suzuki expanded on this theme with the SX4 Sport, a sedan version that transfers these qualities to a four-door format. Still a new model, most say the SX4 isn't yet up to the standards of Honda compacts, but it is a great alternative. Popular Mechanics writes the SX4 "holds its own with a long list of standard features and likable road manners," despite stiff competition. Car and Driver specifically calls the SX4 Sport "the cure for the common Corolla."

Others report the SX4 Sport is worth considering due to its bargain-basement pricing. Road and Track writes "for what it offers for the money, it's bordering on one of the best buys in entry-level automobiles." Popular Mechanics says its MSRP is as low as a Suzuki motorcycle. But "while not as sexy as its cousin, the Suzuki Hayabusa superbike," the reviewer notes, "this entry-level sedan proves that being budget conscious doesn't have to mean going without amenities."

The 2008 Suzuki SX4 comes as a front-wheel drive sedan, called the "Sport," or all-wheel drive with five-doors, what Suzuki refers to as their "Crossover." Convenience or Touring Packages add additional features for both trims. It replaces the Suzuki Aerio in the manufacturer's lineup. If you're in the market for an affordable small car, also consider the Honda Fit or the Honda Civic.

  • "The cure for the common Corolla." -- Car and Driver
  • "Suffice it to say, Suzuki is hot, and with its all-new SX4 Sport, it has no plans of cooling down." -- Motor Trend
  • "This 5-seat, 5-door hatch comes in at a base price of about $15,000. Not bad for something that has the interior volume of a station Crossover and all-wheel drive." -- Road and Track
  • "The 2008 SX4 Sport sedan showcases the carmaker's low pricing and vastly improved design and quality, but it's still no Honda Civic" -- BusinessWeek
  • "Designed to ease the day-in, day-out urban grind for its drivers, the SX4 Sport sedan seamlessly blends into varied driving conditions and environments." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • "This is a pretty handsome, distinctive design. And for what it offers for the money, it's bordering on one of the best buys in entry-level automobiles." -- Orlando Sentinel
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