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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
the SportBack's cloth seats feel smooth, never scratchy
the quality of the surrounding plastics is a step or two below the materials in rivals
Roomy trunk for the car's exterior size
The base nylon seat fabric may not scream elegance, but the 2010 Suzuki SX4's seats are nice and upright, comfortable, and better bolstered than those of competitors. The interior is spacious and pleasantly designed, with the theater-style elevated seating in the rear giving both more legroom and a less claustrophobic feeling for backseat passengers. The sedan's trunk holds 15.5 cubic feet of cargo, fairly good for the class, but the hatchback's short tail means luggage space is restricted to 10 cubic feet to seatback height, only enough for several grocery bags unless you fold down the split rear seat. With the seat down and the load space filled to the ceiling, the Crossover and SportBack can handle a more useful 54 cubic feet of cargo. Visibility from the driver's seat is particularly good, with the upright seating and dropped window line providing a better-than-average view. Wind noise is well suppressed, and overall, the SX4 measures up nicely in refinement except when the driver pushes the engine hard, at which point it becomes thrashy. Materials, fit, and finish are adequate, helped by the redesigned dashboard this year, but are not top-of-class. Among the demerits are hard plastics.
The 2010 Suzuki SX4 is comfortable enough for up to four and suitably practical as a hatchback. But reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are mixed on the build and materials quality. ConsumerGuide says the Suzuki SX4 "cabin materials are appropriate for the price," but Edmunds disagrees, remarking, "the quality of the surrounding plastics is a step or two below" that of rivals. Cars.com reviewers split the difference, deciding that "while the cabin has some downmarket elements...most interior trim pieces are better finished," which "puts the SX4 Sport in the middle of the small car pack." Most reviewers side with Motor Trend when they remark that the Suzuki SX4 offers "made-in-Japan build quality" can "match, if not surpass" that found in the Nissan Sentra.
Reduced cabin noise is a welcome benefit of the Suzuki SX4's solid build quality. "The ride was quiet, compliant, and comfortable," says Motor Trend. "Wind noise is modest," reports ConsumerGuide, and "there's little thumping over bumps." But the Suzuki SX4's quiet ends at high speed or under hard acceleration. Jalopnik says the "cabin noise you're subjected to as the engine whines above 80 mph" is one of the SX4's few major shortcomings.
Reviews are complimentary about the ride quality, helped by the car's weight. Edmunds acknowledges that the "extra pounds help give the [Suzuki] SX4 a smooth, refined ride quality." ConsumerGuide says that SX4 models "ride fairly comfortably for being such small cars," adding that their "limber but nicely damped suspension" along with large tires "help iron out most rough pavement."
Accommodation is a mixed bag. The 2010 Suzuki SX4 range offers comfortable seating for front-seat passengers. Front headroom is "ample," says ConsumerGuide, despite a "high seating position for the class," while legroom is also "OK" for most passengers. Very tall passengers, according to Edmunds, "will appreciate the Suzuki's voluminous headroom in both the front and rear," while the "propped-up driving position may feel a bit awkward to some consumers" although "ex-SUV owners will find it familiar." In the rear, though, ConsumerGuide warns the seats are definitely "too narrow for three adults." Kelley Blue Book thinks the "rear bench can handle two adults or a trio of kids," but the reviewer from MotherProof isn't so confident. "There's a seat belt in the middle position in the back," she notes, but she "didn't have the heart to make [her] teenager squeeze into a space about the width of his right thigh."
The sedan earns praise from Cars.com for its "sizable 14.3 cubic feet" of storage space in the trunk, "which is larger than the cargo area of the Civic, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla." Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com mark down the Suzuki SX4 Sport for its lack of folding rear seats. Inside the Suzuki SX4, "cabin storage is useful but not abundant," comments ConsumerGuide. Storage in the 2010 Suzuki SX4 is adequate in the Sport but impressive in the Crossover. Edmunds reports that "the 60/40-split rear seat can be lowered and tumbled forward to open up an ample 38 cubic feet of cargo room" in the Suzuki SX4 Crossover.
The tall 2010 Suzuki SX4 has plenty of space up front, but rear-seat accommodations and some interior materials aren't at the top of the class.