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Preview: 2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack

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2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack

2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack

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•    What is it? A more powerful and fuel-efficient version of the popular SX4 Crossover
•    The basics: Five-door hatchback with punchy four-cylinder
•    On sale: Later this year
•    Price: $16,000 (est.)

Either as a five-door hatchback or a four-door sedan, Suzuki's SX4 is a well-packaged, well-equipped small car and surprisingly enjoyable to drive. After all, for not much money, buyers get a nimble handling compact car with all-wheel-drive, standard navigation, and a range of different bodystyles.

2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack

2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack

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Earlier this month we got our first look at the latest addition to the SX4 lineup, the all-new 2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack, and today the company has revealed full details. Joining the SX4 Crossover and SX4 Sport sedan, the new SX4 SportBack combines the Crossover’s practical five-door hatch body with a more powerful engine and more fuel efficient front-wheel-drive configuration.

Powering the SX4 SportBack is a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine pumping out a healthy 150 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, in combination with 140 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. Fitted with a standard six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel-drive configuration, the SX4 SportBack delivers an EPA estimated 22/30 mpg city/highway fuel economy. A CVT with pseudo manual control via paddle shifters is also available and gets a 23/30 mpg rating.

2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack

2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack

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The SX4 SportBack’s suspension retains MacPherson struts in the front, with a rear torsion beam in the back. Tuned for sporty tastes, the SX4 SportBack benefits from a lower ride height, performance shocks and standard anti-roll bars.

Serving to further enhance the ride-and-handling balance are 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 205 mm all-season Dunlop tires.

Inside, there’s seating for five, power windows and locks, dual power rearview mirrors, tilt steering wheel, trip computer, split folding rear seats and rear passenger floor vents. The car also features a newly designed instrument cluster as well as standard navigation, and MP3 and XM Satellite Radio compatibility.

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Comments (2)
  1. Suzuki is really impressing! The SX4 was already a great value, now with all these improvements and the new fastback model that gives a great range to select from.
    I've been debating between the Suzuki SX4 and the Honda Fit for about 8 months now.
    Although the SX4 fastback probably is the closest match to the Fit.
    I've test driven both the SX4 and the Fit. I think I like the shifter a bit better in the Fit, but overall, the SX4 provides a better ride, and the SX4 definitely feels more torquey in the low end. If I ONLY wanted a car for around the city, then I would probably say Honda Fit, but since I do alot of outdoor activities, the Honda Fit just doesn't measure up to the SX4 with AWD. The Fit is a good car, but the SX4 fits my active lifestyle.
    Only question now is should U get a great deal on an end of the year 2009, or wait for the 2010 models to arrive? lol
     
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  2. Suzuki actually grew in sales this year in the USA, plan on building their own replacement for the XL7 in Japan to replace the GM built XL7, have a new 2010 SX4 SportBack on the way, an all new car called the Kizashi sloted between the Corolla and Camry, are bringing to the USA a new small car called the Swift which has been the #1 selling car in Japan for 6 years, and one of the best selling cars in Europe!
     
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