The Suzuki SX4 Sport is part of a lineup of three models that evolved from the Italian designed Sedan version, which first came out at the Geneva Motor Show of 2006. The Suzuki SX4 SportBack takes some of the basic characteristics of the Sedan and the tantalizing different design and hatchback format of the Crossover to produce a five door sports saloon that comes with first class road holding capabilities, excellent passenger and cargo carrying ability, fuel economy and high level comfort at a competitive price.
Drawing power from its standard 150-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport is capable of generating praise worthy 6200 rpm producing 140 foot-pounds of torque for rapid acceleration. The Suzuki SX4 Sport comes with a choice of manual or six speed automatic transmission as well as all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard.
In keeping with its SportBack format, this version of the Suzuki SX4 comes with reduce ride height; 17 inch alloy rims with 205/50 all-season tires, performance shock absorbers, stabilizer bars and disc brakes on all four wheels.
According to most reviews, road handling in the SX4 Sport cannot be faulted, thanks to its power-assisted Suzuki SX4 rack-and-pinion steering. Although it sits relatively high on the road, Suzuki SX4 Sport has no problems in cornering, even in the most testing of road conditions.
As has become the Suzuki trademark, safety features abound on the SX4 Sport with no less than eight airbags distributed throughout the vehicle, running from two in the front dashboard, two at the driver and front seat passenger's side torso height, as well as two on the ceiling in case of a rollover rounded off by rear seats side airbags.
When they designed the SX4 Sport and Crossover versions, Suzuki's designers were obviously given a brief to come up something considerably different and even controversial. This is what they obviously succeeding in doing, earning some fairly spectacular reviews in the process.
Bearing a strong resemblance to a scaled down SUV, the Suzuki SX4 Sport certainly stands out from the crowd, with its bulging oversized windshield sloping down towards a short sloping hood, arching a typical Suzuki grille with its trademark large "S" emblem centering a pair of integrated headlight- indicator units atop distinctively shaped front fenders that fairly capture the eye. From every angle the SX4 Sport is a head turner, thanks to its large quarter windows, set back in front of the doors, and another large wrap around glass panel forming the rear window.
The 2011 Suzuki SX4 Sport is proportionately taller than it is wide making for loads of passenger space, legroom and headroom both front and back. When it comes down to toting a load, then the Suzuki SX4 Sport also comes up with the goods. Reviews report on a comfortable ten cubic feet of luggage space, without needing to fold up the back seats, and a generous 54 cubic feet of cargo space when they are. Cargo handling is made a lot easier thanks to the Sport's rear suspension designed both wide track and low-mounted, allowing for a perfectly flat floor as well as Suzuki's well thought out one- piece, full-width easy lift-able hatchback design providing easy access.
The Suzuki SX4 Sport, despite packing a powerful two liter engine is fair on fuel economy, with 22 miles per gallon recorded in the city and thirty on the open highway, when driven in real wheel drive mode.