The 2009 Suzuki XL7’s seating and storage/cargo space make up for its iffy materials and noise levels.
Autoblog says "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." 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."
According to Edmunds, storage and carrying space are more than adequate: "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."
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." Cars.com reports the Suzuki XL7 "can be equipped with five seats in two rows or seven seats in three rows."
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." And though the ride is soft and compliant, noise levels prevent the 2009 Suzuki XL7 from receiving the highest scores in this category.