SUZUKI’S SX4 i-AWD 4x4 which has been launched on the Irish market is a distinctive five-door hatchback that blends the characteristics of sporty compacts exemplified by the Swift, with those of lightweight SUVs such as the Grand Vitara, to create an exciting small car alternative.
The resulting ‘sport X-over’ combines responsive driving dynamics, 4x4 capability, high levels of practicality and styling that suggests a freestyle approach to life.
i-AWD (intelligent All Wheel Drive)
The signature feature of the Suzuki SX4 4x4 is the i-AWD switchable three-mode all-wheel drive system. An Electric Control Coupling Device allows the driver to select 4WD-Auto, 4WD-Lock, and 2WD modes to suit driving conditions, giving excellent traction on low grip surfaces.
In 4WD-Auto mode in normal driving conditions there is no torque transfer to the rear wheels, so the SX4 effectively operates as a front-wheel drive vehicle. As soon as any pronounced front wheel slip is detected, torque is automatically apportioned to the rear wheels to give all-wheel traction and improve vehicle stability.
4WD-Lock mode maintains full traction up to around 60km/h, before automatically switching to 4WD-Auto mode for smooth cruising. Selecting 2WD (drive through the front wheels) optimises fuel economy.
Power and torque
The recently introduced 2.0-litre DDiS offers even more refinement and strong torque of 320Nm at just 1,500rpm. This Euro 5 compliant engine has an output of 135PS at 3,500rpm and offers 5.3 L / 100 Kms (51.4mpg) on the combined fuel consumption cycle with emissions of 139g/km.
This engine features a six speed manual transmission to take advantage of its torque potential and features triple cone synchromesh for smoother shifting.
Bold and refined interior and exterior
The “X-over” design continues inside the vehicle, with curving wraparound forms, trim materials and fabrics that have high visual and tactile quality. Circular motifs and a flowing centre panel express the car’s dynamic performance and add to its active lifestyle appeal.
The two-tone interior is predominantly black, highlighted with metallic-coloured accents and wedge-shaped motifs, for a look that is both bold and refined. The instrument panel’s ergonomic design ensures the key meters and controls are intuitive and simple to use.
The lower centre dashboard panel incorporates a new display; housing the audio, air conditioning and other controls. The large dials of the fully automatic air conditioning have ring lights, which make them easier to see and use. Steering wheel audio controls are now illuminated for added convenience.
The latest model features a redesigned front bumper and grill together with new design 16-inch alloy wheels. The new SX4 i-AWD 4x4 has a bold SUV appearance with wheel arch extensions, side under protection mouldings and front and rear skid plates.
Safety and specification
The SX4 inspires confidence with its extensive array of safety features. Active safety elements include ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), together with rear disc brakes for enhanced braking performance. Overall SX4 has an outstandingly crashworthy structure, which helped it gain four Stars for adult occupant in Euro NCAP testing at launch. Extensive use is made of high tensile steel and tailored blanks in the car’s construction to achieve strength without the penalty of added weight. Front and rear crush zones absorb impact energy, while the frame design directs much of the impact energy away from the highly reinforced cabin.
Front, side and curtain airbags are provided on all models, together with front pre tensioners and force-limiters for front seatbelts; three-point belts with emergency locking retractors are provided on all rear seats and ISOFIX child seat anchor points with top tether mountings.
SX4 is well equipped as standard with the offering six airbags, cruise control, keyless entry and start, automatic air conditioning, i-AWD (intelligent - All Wheel Drive), remote central locking, MP3 / WMA compatible CD tuner with eight speakers, illuminated steering wheel mounted audio controls,16-inch alloy wheels, side body protection and heated door mirrors as well as rear privacy glass and six speed manual transmission as standard equipment.
Service intervals are every 15,000 Kms and all SX4 i-AWD 4x4’s have a three year 100,000 kilometre warranty in line with other Suzuki models.
The new SX4 i-AWD 4x4 will retail at €20,950. The annual road tax is €156.