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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars, frontal impact; five stars, side impact
Consistent with Suzuki's philosophy of both fun and safe driving
Front roof pillars impede the view to the sides
Some economy cars skimp on safety features in order to keep their base prices down, but not the 2008 Suzuki SX4. The latest hatchback and sedan offerings from Suzuki load all the latest safety features into one small package that also manages to put up solid crash-test ratings.
The 2008 Suzuki SX4 lineup has been tested extensively by NHTSA and boasts impressive crash-test ratings, especially for its size. Both the Suzuki SX4 Sport and Crossover earned four out of five stars in NHTSA frontal impact tests, and both Suzuki SX4 variants earned a perfect five-star rating in side-impact tests. The 2008 Suzuki SX4 also garnered a four-star rating in the rollover category. While these results show no glaring flaws, the 2008 Suzuki SX4 has not yet been tested by the IIHS, which puts vehicles through more stringent exams.
In terms of standard safety features, the 2008 Suzuki SX4 sports all the usual suspects. Edmunds reports that "every 2008 Suzuki SX4 comes with antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags and head-protecting side curtain airbags for all outboard passengers." ConsumerGuide points out that a "tire-pressure monitor" and "daytime running lights" are also standard fare on the Suzuki SX4. In addition to the base model's standard safety features, Edmunds remarks that "traction and stability control, an unusual feature for this class, is standard on SX4 Touring models."
Visibility from the driver's seat of the 2008 Suzuki SX4 is decent overall, though some reviews read by TheCarConnection.com bring up minor gripes. ConsumerGuide notes that "some testers complain that the front roof pillars impede the view to the sides," though Edmunds counters by saying that the high seating position is "beneficial to outward visibility." Cars.com takes both sides, finding that "the view forward from the front seats is great, but the large A-pillar on the right side is in the driver's line of sight when checking for pedestrians and cars."
Aside from a few four-star crash-test ratings, the 2008 Suzuki SX4 offers an impressive safety resume.