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2008 Suzuki SX4 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Suzuki SX4 was new.

One of the SX4's strongest plusses is a comfortable and classy cabin. The Chicago Sun-Times says it's "a small car that I'd be comfortable in on long trips." Car and Driver writes it's "notably refined inside, the low-gloss plastics and metal-like trim giving a deluxe feel."

Road and Track also finds an interior that's "nicely done with quality materials, tight panel fits and laudable ergonomics." The Orlando Sentinel says the cabin "will never be confused with a Lexus, but it is reasonably handsome with nicely executed instruments and controls." Lastly, MSN deems the SX4 Sport's cabin "one of Suzuki's best … Glass all around is big, allowing for good visibility, while making the cabin seem bright and spacious."

Seating

Even though it's a new entrant in a large and competitive class, the Suzuki SX4 Sport provides some of the most agreeable seating for the group. Kelley Blue Book says the "cabin offers generous passenger space in both front and rear quarters." BusinessWeek says the seats are "unusually supportive and comfortable."

The SX4's tall stance provides exceptional headroom. Edmunds says "those who are very tall will appreciate the Suzuki's voluminous headroom in both the front and rear." Car and Driver finds "enough headroom for a Texan 10-gallon hat."

The Sport's tall structure also allows for high seating in both the front and rear. The San Antonio Express-News says, "The first impression upon sitting in the driver's seat of the Sport is the great visibility the driver has. The car has so much glass area that it seems almost like a greenhouse." But Cars.com says "a seat-height adjustment would be nice to have to take advantage of the headroom afforded by the tall roof." The Chicago Sun-Times says, "Most folks will probably like the SX4 Sport's higher driving position ... But being a taller driver, I would have preferred a slightly lower position."

Kelley Blue Book says the SX4's "aft quarters possess sufficient head and leg room for two average-sized adults, but three across occupancy is definitely a kids-only proposition." Similarly, Consumer Guide says the second row "is relatively high -- a comfort plus -- but it's too narrow for three adults."

Interior Features

Most say the SX4 Sport offers an impressive number of standard amenities, laid out in a cabin that's on par with the class. Popular Mechanics says cabin materials "are pleasant, and controls are clear and ergonomic."

Standard features include remote keyless entry, air conditioning, a four-speaker audio system with MP3 and satellite radio capability and power windows, door and locks. The SX4 with a Convenience Package adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls and automatic climate control. The Touring Packages include a SmartPass keyless entry system and a nine-speaker audio system with subwoofer.

But some notice cost cutting. MSN says, "The only mar is the rudimentary levers for the fuel door and trunk release poking out of a rough opening in the carpet." Automobile Magazine says, "The lack of a center storage console is a notable omission," and later notes, "since there isn't an armrest for the driver, no center console means no place to rest your elbow which becomes uncomfortable especially when you are shifting for yourself." 

Cargo

The 2008 Suzuki SX4 Sport's 15 cubic feet of trunk space is very good for the class -- "larger than the cargo area of the Civic, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla," says Cars.com -- but it suffers one snag. The sedan's sport-tuned suspension features a rear crossbrace in the trunk that prevents the rear seats from folding. The Chicago Sun-Times writer says, "I was disappointed to find that the SX4 Sport's rear seats can't be folded down to provide space for longer items."

Writers are universally impressed with the SX4 Crossover's 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, 38.1 with seats folded and 54.3 cubic feet with rear seats removed. According to Edmunds, "Luggage capacity blows away the other players in this field."

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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