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OWN­ERS SAY

My 2012 SX4 man­ual has done 52,000km and to date it has been bul­let­proof. It’s re­ally well built and much roomier up­front than most ri­vals. Ac­cess is easy, it’s good on the open road and can han­dle long trips in com­fort. Lug­gage space is lim­ited but it can be var­ied to ad­van­tage. It’s an un­der­rated car. With its camshaft tim­ing chain, it should give very long ser­vice.

We bought our SX4 new in 2008 and have done 120,000km of city and coun­try driv­ing. We’ve have had no trou­ble with it and if Suzuki still made them I would buy an­other when this one wears out.

We bought our 2010 SX4 new and were very im­pressed with its per­for­mance. Me­chan­i­cally there was noth­ing to fault. It did wan­der and the sus­pen­sion was bouncy but it was a de­light to drive in the sub­ur­ban and city traf­fic. The blind spot caused by the pil­lars con­trib­uted to three bad col­li­sions, the last one a write-off.

On the rec­om­men­da­tion of our me­chanic, we bought an SX4 man­ual in 2007. It has done 71,000km with­out any prob­lems. It can carry four peo­ple, is easy to park and drive, and its height pro­vides easy ac­cess for us given we have back prob­lems. We have been very happy with it, and would up­date to an­other one if it were still made. Our 2009 SX4 auto has trav­elled 58,000km, mostly on city trips. Apart from costs of nor­mal wear and tear items it has been trou­ble-free mo­tor­ing. The blind spot caused by the pil­lar de­sign de­mands ex­tra care at round­abouts and in­ter­sec­tions, and the mo­tor needs work­ing on hills and over­tak­ing. Oth­er­wise, it’s a very re­li­able ve­hi­cle, com­fort­able enough and a great sub­ur­ban run­about. We also like the ease of get­ting in and out of ve­hi­cle due to the higher seat­ing po­si­tion.

SMITHY SAYS

A beaut lit­tle car that is prov­ing a re­li­able ser­vant.

any­one pre­pared to stir it along through the gears. The gear­box choices were a five-speed man­ual or four­speed auto, each geared for a spir­ited get­away. An up­date in 2010 added the Liana S and Liana GLX spec and brought mod­est in­creases in the...

Suzukis have al­ways been highly re­garded for the en­gi­neer­ing that went into them, the en­gines es­pe­cially. That said, they still re­quire reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing to keep them in tip­top or­der and that’s where you should start when check­ing a car pre-pur­chase....

such as tyres and brakes. Tyres last 50,000km-75,000km, brakes like­wise. So con­tent are own­ers with their cars that many say they would buy an­other one in a heart­beat if they were still avail­able. Two own­ers have a word of cau­tion about a blind spot...

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