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2008 Suzuki SX4 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Peppy small car with lots of interior and trunk space. by berthamae

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Reviewed: 2008 Suzuki SX4

4dr Sedan 143-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Why the 2008 Suzuki SX4?

Front seat room

Interior and cargo space are roomy for a compact car. Lots of head & leg room for front and back seats. Easy to get in and out of front seats. Trunk is big. For a small car that's easy to park there's plenty of interior space.

Fuel economy

Fuel goes a lot further than the mid-size car the SX4 replaced.

Handling

This is a very peppy car with great brakes. Handles well and takes bumps pretty good. GPS put us on a snowmobile road in Vermont in the summer but I wouldn't do that again.

Cargo capacity

Trunk is suprisingly large for a small car.

Reliability & durability

58,000 miles and no problems yet.

Why Not the 2008 Suzuki SX4?

Driving position & visibility

The front windshield frame creates blind spots for traffic coming from intersections. It took me a year to get used to leaning forward to double check cross traffic. The blind spot swallows entire SUVs which are only 40-50 feet away on both left and right sides. When following another car turning left in an intersection you will completely loose site of that car momentarily so keep your distance.

Tires

This is the only car I've owned that planes on wet roads multiple times. Replaced the standard Dunlap tires which came with the new car (and only had 25K miles on these) for Tiger Paws which didn't do well on snow. Have Goodyear Triple Tread now which are quieter and ride better but I haven't tested on highway with rain.

Quietness

Road noice is apparent although not as bad as some other cars.

Conclusion

The SX4 is easy on the budget and easy to enter and exit without hitting your head or feeling like your'e dropping to the floor. I would not want a new driver, young and inexperienced to drive this due to the blind spots front left and right. The small side front windows are meant to improve visibility but are only helpful if you are very short.

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