Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

9 April 2014

South Africa: Suzuki Sx4 - Crossing Over

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Suzuki is the automotive world's small car champion. Combining big-car quality and features with agile, economical underpinnings and strong value, the Japanese marque's range of compact models enjoy a giant-killing reputation that has earned them a loyal following. And yet, the latest SX4 seems larger and more conventional than its innovative predecessor. DEON SCHOEMAN finds out if it still lives up to the Suzuki ethos.

Suzuki is an automaker that manages to pack loads of innovation into small form factors.

The original SX4 was such a car: a compact hatchback with the raised ride height and all-wheel drive system of an SUV. While it felt like an everyday runabout to drive, it could tackle mild off-road conditions with all the enthusiasm of a full-blown all-terrainer.

Now there's an all-new SX4, and this time, the focus is very much on the SUV part of the equation. Or perhaps I should call it a crossover, because the SX4's attributes combine the space and versatility of a sleek wagon with a clever all-wheel drive system.

The newcomer is also substantially bigger than the little stocky hatchback it replaces, and its proportions are certainly more conventional in a crossover context. Admittedly, it's still compact...

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