For The Suzuki SX4 is good to drive, well equipped and attractively priced. It also gives you 4x4 looks without the high running costs.
Against It doesn't look as funky as other crossovers, the 1.6-litre petrol engine is noisy and the boot is small.
The Suzuki SX4 is fun to drive and offers you a cheap crossover alternative, but it isn't particularly practical. By Steve Huntingford
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We think the Suzuki SX4 makes the most sense as a small, cheap off-roader rather than a not-particularly-convincing supermini. Two-wheel-drive versions will struggle against the likes of a Ford Fiesta or VW Polo. The SX4, however, is surprisingly good off-road and there's not much out there that can offer four-wheel-drive at a similar price.
If you do opt for a four-wheel-drive model, you are limited to either the top-spec 1.6-litre petrol version or the 2.0-litre diesel and which one you choose will be down to whether or not you need the diesel's extra pull at low revs or plan to run up a lot of miles. If the answer is no, then the petrol should suit your needs.
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