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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
Better equipped in base form than many [of] its competitors
Kelley Blue Book
Standard features list includes air conditioning, remote keyless entry
Even when loaded...the SX4 costs less than $17,000
The SX4 line ranges from the base Sedan model to the well-equipped SportBack and Crossover models. In 2009, Suzuki sweetened the value proposition by including a Garmin touchscreen navigation system in every model. Its flip-up 4.3-inch touchscreen display can be removed, and the system comes preloaded with mapping software that includes hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, and more. It's also fully integrated into the SX4's audio system. An optional upgraded TRIP system adds hands-free calling via Bluetooth, and text messaging is delivered both on-screen and audibly.
For 2010, the new SX4 SportBack is equipped with a raft of standard features, including power windows, locks, and mirrors; fog lights; an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system ready for Sirius Satellite Radio; a six-disc CD changer; keyless start; 17-inch alloy wheels; and a trip computer. Similarly, the base 2010 Suzuki SX4 Crossover includes 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows and locks, keyless entry, air conditioning, and a four-speaker CD sound system. Suzuki also offers an accessory iPod interface, letting drivers operate the world's best-known music player via steering-wheel controls, with playlists and track information appearing on the audio display.
The 2010 Suzuki SX4 is inexpensive, and its options list is short and far from pricey. And Suzuki consistently adds new standard features each model year to boost the value of its smallest model.
The SX4's most notable feature-found on almost none of its competitors-is the standard Garmin touchscreen navigation system, called TRIP (Travel, Real-time traffic, Information, and Play). It features a removable, flip-up 4.3-inch display; comes preloaded with software listing millions of hotels, restaurants, gasoline stations, ATMs, and more; and is fully integrated into the audio system of the 2010 SX4 Suzuki. An optional upgrade for the TRIP system adds Bluetooth hands-free calling, on-screen and audible text messages, and further features.
As for the rest of the 2010 SX4 line, Edmunds mentions "16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, air-conditioning, a CD/MP3 player and full power accessories" as standard features, and Kelley Blue Book deems the Suzuki SX4 "better equipped in base form than many its competitors." The crowning touch, continues Kelley Blue Book, is the "easy-to-use three-mode intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system (i-AWD)."
Unlike trendier makes like Scion, Suzuki doesn't charge the earth for the SX4's options. Motor Trend notes that "even when loaded with the available Touring package...the SX4 costs less than $17,000." But a number of reviews read by TheCarConnection.com complain that the 2010 Suzuki SX4 is missing some features altogether. ConsumerGuide says an auxiliary input for an iPod or MP3 player is only available as a $160 option. Most options for the Suzuki SX4 come in "packages," according to Kelley Blue Book, and Edmunds reports that "the Touring Package offers automatic climate control, an upgraded nine-speaker audio system with an in-dash CD changer, heated outside mirrors and the SmartPass keyless entry and engine-start system." Kelley Blue Book adds that "the Convenience Package includes cruise control, heated outside mirrors, automatic climate control and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control buttons."
Overall, Motor Trend concludes, "It would be an everything-small-to-ultra-compact-car-fighter, if there were such a thing."
Despite a few missing features, the 2010 Suzuki SX4 offers a tremendous value-especially given its standard navigation system.