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I have been road testing Suzuki’s newest offering in what manufacturers like to call the “Crossover” segment. I will explain! Launched here just last month the stylish new SX4 will I think do well.

I have been road testing Suzuki’s newest offering in what manufacturers like to call the “Crossover” segment. I will explain! Launched here just last month the stylish new SX4 will I think do well.

So let us get to grips with is the marketing speak. They call cars like the SX4 a “crossover” vehicle. Now what’s a “crossover “ vehicle I hear you ask? Well if you

believe all the sales hype it’s a car that does a bit of both worlds really. In the case of the Suzuki SX4 they claim it is a mid sized family hatch that crosses over into being a small lifestyle 4x4 as it has switchable four wheel drive.

Two engine options are aavailable, a 1.6 petrol or a 1.6 diesel as tested here. This week I am road testing the SX4 ALLGRIP 1.6 Diesel GL.

The new SX4 looks very well indeed with snazzy roof rails, smart alloy wheels and robust curves that give it the look of a rugged little off roader. The new car is visibly bigger and much more modern in its style than the old version. I like it!

The new cabin is very well finished with good build quality and good use of space.

The instrument layout is clear and concise, and the thick rimmed multi-function steering wheel, in addition to the aluminium effect centre console trim adds to the

sporty feel of the car. I really like the new double panoramic sunroof whic adds to the spacious feeling of the interior.

The driving position is very good, and standard safety equipment is comprehensive with all models getting, multiple airbags including a drivers knee airbag, ABS with

EBD, ESP, seatbelt pre-tensioners, Immobiliser, and 3-point belts for all seats.

On the comfort side there are front and rear electric windows, electric mirrors, cruise control, standard Bluetooth connectivity, dual zone air conditioning, pollen filters, a good stereo/CD, with MP3 capability, USB and Aux Port, and keyless entry. The new 1.6 litre diesel engine is a good performer and gives the SX4 a claimed top speed of about 180 km/h with the zero to 100km/h dash taking 11.0 seconds.

In real terms it feels much more lively than the stats would suggest and on many an occasion on the motorway I found it easily crept past the legal 120km/h limit without me noticing. It just feels so unstressed and refined it cruises at motorway speeds with the ease of a more powerful car.

On the economy side it impresses also burning just 6.1 litres per 100km over my road test.

Once again the new Suzuki SX4 acquits itself very well indeed. On the better roads it is refined and offers low levels of road and engine noise. On less well-surfaced roads it soaks up the bumps and jolts with ease and feels solid and well put together.

Inside the new car is much more roomy offering enough room for four average sized adults with a good boot. I don’t subscribe to the manufacturers marketing hype. “Crossover vehicle” may be their natty term but this car is really a stylish five-door hatch that looks like a small off roader. It does offer versatility, style and a good equipment package as standard, and I enjoyed driving it. This is a very attractive small car that will prove reliable and nice to drive. Prices start at just €19,995 for the 2 WD GL 1.6 petrol version. The 1.6 D AllGrip in GL spec as tested costs €28,095.