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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
The 2010 Suzuki SX4's actual crash-test performance is middle-of-the-pack, with four out of five stars in tests for frontal and side impact by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). But the Suzuki SX4 really piles on the standard safety features, with six airbags for driver and passenger front and side impact, plus side-curtain bags for the rear passengers. Suzuki is to be commended for fitting four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, while many competitors retain rear drums. For 2010, electronic stability control (incorporating traction control) and a tire-pressure monitoring system are newly standard.
Aside from a few four-star crash-test ratings, the 2010 Suzuki SX4 offers a decent safety resume. The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which puts vehicles through very stringent exams, hasn't tested the SX4 lineup. But NHTSA gives it impressive crash-test ratings, considering its size. Both the Suzuki SX4 Sport and Crossover earn four out of five stars in NHTSA frontal impact tests, and both SX4 body styles achieve a perfect five-star rating in side-impact tests, plus a four-star rating for rollovers.
The list of safety features on the 2010 Suzuki SX4 includes standard equipment for any modern car-and a bit more. "One feature that stood out was standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS," says Motor Trend, which notes electronic stability control also comes standard. ConsumerGuide adds that a "tire-pressure monitor" and "daytime running lights" are standard fare on the Suzuki SX4. And Edmunds continues the list, noting that every 2010 Suzuki SX4 comes with "front-seat side airbags and head-protecting side curtain airbags for all outboard passengers."
The 2010 Suzuki SX4 generally has decent outward visibility, but some reviewers voice complaints. ConsumerGuide says some of its testers gripe that "the front roof pillars impede the view to the sides," while Edmunds counters by noting the high seating position is "beneficial to outward visibility." Cars.com seems to play both sides, agreeing that "the view forward from the front seats is great," but grumbling that "the large A-pillar on the right side is in the driver's line of sight when checking for pedestrians and cars."
The 2010 Suzuki SX4 does well in crash tests and has a good level of standard safety equipment.