The 2012 Suzuki SX4 line has two rather different models. The sedan has a boxy, upright trunk at the rear, making it seem rather tall for the rest of its lines--but it will still fade into utter anonymity among the small silver sedans found in any suburban parking lot.
The two five-door hatchback models, however, the all-wheel drive Crossover and its sportier front-wheel drive twin, the SportBack, are far more distinctive. The dropped front beltline, bobbed tail, and almost wagon-like profile is unusual and memorable. The sportier half of the duo adds a few subtle bits of aero trim, a slightly lower suspension, and foregoes the roof rack found on the taller and butcher all-wheel drive contender.
The interior of both body styles is conventional Asian subcompact, circa mid-2000s, but the lines and trim materials look a bit more upscale than you'd expect from the sticker price. A recent addition is aluminum surround trim, and we particularly liked the large, knurled knobs that control the ventilation system--no sliding levers or up and down buttons to push. They're intuitive, simple, and easy to use.