The Suzuki SX4 has undergone a series of updates. The changes are aimed at enhancing the cosmetic appeal of the vehicle, while also improving the interior execution.
The tried and trusted drivetrain options of the current SX4 remain unchanged, with a choice of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions making the SX4 a unique contender in its segment.
Under the bonnet, a four-cylinder petrol engine does duty, while there's a choice of six-speed manual or CVT gearboxes.
By far the most obvious change to the new Suzuki SX4 is the front grille, which features more pronounced horizontal bars and a prominent Suzuki logo. The new grille is accompanied by a profiled bonnet design, and a bolder, more sculpted front bumper.
SX4 fans will also notice the introduction of a brand new alloy wheel design, while the interior update includes the use of more attractive fabric for the seat upholstery and the door panel inserts, as well as new garnish for the dashboard.
The instrument cluster uses LED technology, complemented by bold and elegant instrument dials. An information display incorporating a digital clock, an outside temperature display, a fuel consumption gauge, and a travel range indicator is standard, while the CVT versions boast position indicator.
The speaker system consists of separate tweeters and mid/bass drivers in each of the front and rear doors, for a total of eight speakers. The ninth loudspeaker is a centre channel, mounted in the dashboard.
Other standard features include climate control, remote central locking, and keyless starting.
There have been no changes to the technical and dynamic attributes that have made the SX4 such a highly attractive and versatile alternative to small and compact SUVs.
Those attributes include a short turning radius, relatively short gear ratios, a highly rigid body structure, and a suspension optimised for all road conditions.
Both the front-wheel drive and AWD SX4 models incorporate a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. The unit employs VVT (variable valve timing) to optimise torque and response at low engine speeds, without compromising power output at high revs.
Maximum power output comes to 112kW at 6200rpm, while the torque peak of 190Nm is achieved at 4000rpm.
In fuel efficiency terms, the appetite of the front-wheel drive SX4 2.0 Manual stands at 7.3 litres per 100km, while the CVT-equipped model sips 7.6 litres per 100km.
The SX4 AWD model gets ESP with traction control, ABS, EBD and EBA.
In the event of a collision, the occupants of the SX4 are protected by a full house of passive safety features. These comprise dual front airbags, side airbags incorporated into the front seats, and curtain airbags.
SX4 2.0 Manual R237 900
SX4 2.0 CVT R252 900
SX4 2.0 Manual AWD R257 900
Prices include a standard six-year or 90 000 km service plan, and a three-year or 100 000 km warranty.