Oh, I forgot Suzuki also builds powerful outboard engines. That’s why they the Suzuki PR dudes call it “Way of Life” boats and bikes and cars.
The Suzuki’s are different from the usual Japanese, run of the mill Toyota’s, Hondas’s, Mitsubishi’s, Mazda’s and Subaru’s. Just look at the SUZUKI SWIFT, the (BMW) MINI challenger, literally flying out of the showrooms.
Back to the Suzuki SX4 Crossover latest model in the brands line-up: Suzuki APV (All Purpose Vehicle), the Suzuki CARRY a compact commercial truck, the SWIFT, urban lifestyle vehicle, and the “big” GRAND VITARA, the “off-road athlete”.
Visually the SX4 kind of grabs you attention. One look at this “bella machina”, cool car. You sense there is something Italian about Suzuki SX4; Yes sir it is styled by Italdesign Giugiaro, these days owned by the German giant VW Volkswagen. The design is dynamic, tight and compact. With those flared fenders, the short rear wheel overhangs. The stance. More SUV than sedan
Especially, the side and rear view impresses me. Large wraparound clear headlights between the honey comb grill. And the triangular opera windows. The posterior, the glass on the hatch continues around the side with blacked-out ‘D’ pillars to create an interesting one-piece wrap-around look with that wide large curved rear window – so similar to the SUV Mercedes ML (5,9 million THB). I also like the roof rails and the kool fog-lights.
Step in and feel the space. This a cavernous, four-door, four (five)-passenger vehicle. Much bigger on the inside than looks from the outside. The interior is predominantly black and highlighted with metallic accents, for a look of refinement and sporty aggression. With the all-new instrument cluster, aluminum-look accents, four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 information center and an armrest for the driver’s seat. In addition, the folding rear seats and concealed storage behind those seats provide a completely flat load surface with enough of space for furniture shopping at the IKEA furniture, super-mega store. The SX4′s interior is in black, including the well bolstered fabric seats. And in the night the delicious, red illuminated dials and meters will cheer you up. The fit & finish is up to par. Safety features includes dual airbags, ABS with EBD ( electronic brake distribution ) Our demo unit was painted in a delicious sunlight copper metallic hue.
In the cockpit, the pilot’s seat you feel like driving this baby five-door SX4 immediately. This Suzuki Crossover is ranked in the USA as one of the “Top 10 Coolest Cars Under USD 18,000. Good ground clearance on the 16 inch wheels. This is where the the sporty sedan crosses over and becomes the SUV. To take carry you over the cracks and potholes on the Thai highways and byways. The leather covered steering wheel feel luxurious and so good to grip. Crisp and direct steering. The SX4 is FUN to drive! Turns, u-turns city driving and motorway driving a sporty sedan feel but with a SUV commanding view. Come rain or shine.
The good news continues under the hood. The English still call it the bonnet (What’s wrong with them!) sits a 1.6 liter Suzuki power-plant 1.6-liter 16-valve DOHC VVT (Variable Valve Timing)pumping out 112 providing ample acceleration when merging or passing both in in-city and motorway driving. Or top speed 185 km/h .Acceleration 0 – 100km/h 10.7 seconds. The same company builds the world’s fastest production motorcycle, the Hayabusa. Top speed 300 km/h and 162 horse power.
Verdict: Suzuki SX4 is the most affordable compact SUV with unique looks, sporty, and well-configured. “A small car with big features”.
By the maker of world’s fastest super-bike. And for the coffee aficionados there is Suzuki java available at Villa Market and Foodland.
Retail price: 799,000 THB
Written by : John K Lindgren