2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
Memories of the first Jetta are awakened: Suzuki presents the SX4 as a notchback. It doesn't really want to fit the brand, because it's rather boring, quite expensive and not even particularly practical.
By Sebastian Viehmann
"Male, conservative, 40 plus, practically oriented, lives on the outskirts or in rural regions" - this is how Suzuki describes the target group of the SX4 sedan. A look at the new car shows that it fits. The Suzuki brand, which has successfully pushed its image towards whistle and sportiness, has not seen such an inconspicuous vehicle for a long time. This may of course also be due to the fact that a notchback in the thicket of SUV crossover coupé overwhelming power immediately catches the eye as an anachronism.
The almost four and a half meter long SX4 Limo looks a bit compressed and misshapen with its huge A-pillars and the bulging bumper at the rear. The two-part A-pillar also obstructs the view when cornering. Otherwise, the overview is good thanks to the high seating position. The trunk sill is quite high. But the luggage compartment swallows 515 liters - a top figure and even five liters more than the Dacia Logan.
Without the wobbly dachshund
Inside there is an interior in the usual Suzuki quality: Perfect fit, solid and pleasant to the touch. Operation is child's play, the fittings are easy to read. The range of shelves and storage compartments is very limited. In addition to the glove compartment and a few hollows, there is at least a small pull-out compartment under the passenger seat.
The space is generous at the front and modest in the back. Neither head nor knee room is sufficient for taller passengers. The space behind the headrests is lined with a plastic floor and is not suitable for storage. After all, you don't have to worry about seeing a Suzuki notchback with a toilet roll, hat or nodding dachshund.
Plus points for the driving impression
The Japanese small car collects plus points in terms of driving impression. The 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 107 hp brings the 1.2-ton Suzuki up to speed without any problems, the five-speed gearbox shifts easily and precisely. Suzuki does not include acceleration values in the technical data. The car manages the sprint to 100 in around eleven seconds, which is just as easily enough as the top speed of 180 km / h.
The average fuel consumption of 6.8 liters per 100 kilometers corresponds to that of the five-door. The driving behavior is consistently unproblematic and good-natured. The somewhat rumbling suspension is noticeable negatively on bumps.
When it comes to the price of the mini limo, your jaw drops: Suzuki wants to see 16,900 euros for the notchback SX4, which is 1,100 euros more than the five-door model with the same engine. The hefty sum for such a small car is explained by looking at the equipment list.
The notchback is only available “fully loaded” - from CD radio with steering wheel remote control to automatic air conditioning, fog lights, electric windows, ESP and seat heating to Keyless Go (keyless entry and starting), almost everything is on board that Suzuki has for its cars has to offer. There is also an automatic for an extra charge of 1300 euros.
Where is the target group?
The only question is whether Suzuki's pricing concept fits the target group. Because she is not necessarily one of the frequent drivers, needs the car especially for occasional trips to the now grown-up children and likes to keep an eye on the money.
The limousine does not look much like a family carriage for small families either: it is twice as expensive as a Dacia Logan, but offers less space. However, the German market for notchback sedans is only a secondary theater of war. The angular representatives are particularly popular in Eastern Europe and southern countries.