The Suzuki SX4 is good to drive, well equipped and attractively priced. It also gives you 4x4 looks without the high running costs.
It doesn't look as funky as other crossovers, the 1.6-litre petrol engine is noisy and the boot is small.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Suzuki SX4 comes with either a 1.6 petrol engine with 118bhp or a 133bhp 2.0-litre diesel. The petrol is a little reluctant to pull at low revs, so it isn't the most flexible thing you'll ever drive. However, this engine loves to be thrashed, so get heavy with the throttle, and you'll zip along surprisingly quickly. The diesel engine is strong low-down, but you won't get anywhere in a hurry.
Ride & Handling
The SX4 is good fun to drive, with predictable handling, fine body control, responsive steering and light controls. The ride is a little firm, though, which won't suit everyone. The four-wheel-drive versions are surprisingly capable off-road, too.
Road noise is reasonably well contained at speed, and the SX4 doesn't suffer from suspension clatter. Wind can be heard around the windscreen pillars at speed, though, and both engines make themselves heard - the diesel is particularly annoying. The gearchange is also frustratingly vague.