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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
supportive, high set seats give plenty of headroom and legroom
shoulder room is narrower than that of most other midsize crossovers
leave the seat at the dealer and there's a swell amount of cargo space
In the opinion of TheCarConnection.com and other top review sites, the 2008 Suzuki XL7 offers good levels of comfort, but some reviewers niggle over its interior materials.
Cars.com reports the Suzuki XL7 "can be equipped with five seats in two rows or seven seats in three rows." ConsumerGuide notes the XL7 offers "supportive, high set seats" that "give plenty of headroom and legroom." However, "the steering wheel tilts but is not telescopic, which may hinder drivers from finding an ideal position." Edmunds observes "when it comes to head- and legroom, the XL7 is very roomy," but adds that "shoulder room...is narrower than that of most other midsize crossovers."
Storage and carrying space are more than adequate, according to Edmunds: "60/40-split-folding middle-row seats tumble and fold, and the optional 50/50-split third-row seat can be folded flat into the floor for additional cargo-carrying room," offering "an impressive maximum cargo capacity of 95.2 cubic feet." ConsumerGuide notes "only grocery-bag space behind the 50/50 3rd-row seat, but that folds flat without removing the headrests." Autoblog offers an elegantly simple solution: "leave the seat at the dealer and there's a swell amount of cargo space"
ConsumerGuide gives the Suzuki interior materials a solid grade of "C," reporting that "cabin materials and finish are just OK...slightly odd texturing on the lower dash and door panels gives the cabin a budget-grade feel." Autoblog adds that "materials in the cabin of the [Suzuki] XL7 unfortunately don't do the build quality justice...cheap pieces assembled well are still cheap pieces at the end of the day."
Though the ride is soft and compliant, noise levels prevent the 2008 Suzuki XL7 from receiving the highest scores in this category; according to ConsumerGuide, "the XL7's V6 is coarse during acceleration and never quiets completely...wind and road noise are well above the class norms."
The 2008 Suzuki XL7’s seating and storage/cargo space make up for its iffy materials and noise levels.