I use this car a lot in Italy, where the contrast between small and twisty roads, and high speed (and twisty!) motorways is extreme. This car deals with the mixed demands admirably. It's motor is sprightly and pulls well on the motorway, and is quite comfortable cruising around 100mph. The six speed gearbox offers great flexibility, with enough range to avoid constantly changing gears on narrow roads. It handles well and is surprisingly agile on hills and corners, and raised body is also handy with the numerous potholes, kerbs and speed bumps encountered, where the Focus would surely ground. I have the driveway from hell. Only a 4x4 can get up it, but only a car of the Suzuki's size can get round the corners, and barring the (much smaller) Fiat Panda 4x4 I can't find another car on the market that fits the bill. I very much like the 3 options of 2 wheel drive/ all wheel/ and 4 wheel locked. I particularly like the latter on the motorway in the rain. The options are simply applied too, via a switch by the handbrake. Space in the back is not massive, but I do a great deal of lugging, including substantial pieces of awkwardly shaped furniture and I have not yet found a piece I couldn't get in (with a little imagination!). Frankly I treat the car very badly, but it has never let me down (after 9 months), consumes surpisingly little, and the only fault is a flickering handbrake light. Highly recommended.
David Will, Lothian, January 26th 2009