2008 Suzuki XL7

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2008 Suzuki XL7 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Suzuki XL7 was new.

The XL7 falls on the larger side of the compact SUV class and now includes an optional third row seat for seven-person capacity. While it's a competent people hauler, the Suzuki can't match the acceleration, handling and interior quality standards of top rivals and ranks near the bottom of both the affordable compact and crossover SUV classes.

Pros & Cons

  • More spacious than most compact SUV/crossover competitors
  • Optional third row makes the XL7 a comparatively inexpensive seven-seat vehicle
  • Suzuki's industry-leading powertrain warranty
  • Mixed reactions to quality of interior finish
  • Excessive road and engine noise
  • Some reports of potentially unsafe, long braking distances
  • Comparatively poor fuel economy

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Suzuki XL7 has a score of 6.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 63 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 6.7
Safety: 9.0
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2008 Suzuki XL7 Overview

Redesigned in 2007, the Suzuki XL7 has been transformed from a truck-like SUV to a modern crossover. Its most prized feature is an optional third-row seat, making the XL7 a value priced seven-passenger vehicle. Yet some auto reviewers are hesitant to unconditionally recommend this SUV. BusinessWeek finds the XL7 to be Suzuki's "biggest and fanciest SUV ever -- but in this competitive sector, is this where you want to put your $30,000?" Straddling the line between classes, the 2008 Suzuki XL7 is either one of the largest, priciest compact SUVs or among the least expensive midsize SUVs.

Its large size hurts the XL7 when it comes to fuel economy.  The Suzuki's 16/22 mpg rating places it near the bottom of its class for fuel-efficiency, something on the minds of many buyers as gas prices reach record highs in 2008.  As of mid-2008, the XL7 was one of the slowest-selling vehicles in America.

Following its redesign for the 2007 model year, the 2008 XL7 is virtually unchanged. The four-door crossover is available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and comes in numerous trims.

  • "After a week with the XL7, we were surprisingly impressed. It's a functional family wagon flavored with a hint of luxury at a bargain-bin price." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The Suzuki XL7 is a good choice in the midsize crossover class." -- The Auto Channel
  • "The XL7 isn't quite as refined as some in this segment, but then again, it costs thousands less. For those shopping for a crossover, it's worth a look." -- Daily Southtown

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