2009 Suzuki SX4 Interior
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A roomy cabin with quality appointments is one of the SX4's strongest traits. For 2009, Suzuki upped the car's convenience, adding a standard navigation system for the higher trims and a split-folding rear bench seat for extra cargo room.
- "A small car that I'd be comfortable in on long trips." -- Chicago Sun-Times
- "Turns out the SX4 gets the last laugh, because it's a lot roomier on the inside than it looks from the outside. The tall cabin allows for a tall back seat -- your legs go down rather than out, so there's plenty of space. ... The trunk is certainly no joke; at 15.5 cubic feet it offers more room than a mid-size Toyota Camry." -- About.com
- "Suzuki designers have taken advantage of the Sport's tall body to install chair-like seats, including a new-for-2009 split-folding rear bench and fold-up arm rests for the front buckets. Yes, there's a commanding view for both front- and back-seat passengers, assisted by generously sized windows." -- Chattanooga Times Free Press
- "For a vehicle that's meant to compete directly with the Civic bunch, it was odd to see a roof that was nearly as tall as that of a Honda CR-V. However, upon settling into the SX4 Sport's cabin, we were pleased by the great amounts of headroom and visibility the vehicle's tall stance afforded." -- CNET
The 2009 SX4's front seats are very agreeable. Most appreciate the commanding view of the road afforded by the Suzuki SX4's high seating position, although the tallest test drivers do note that those of similar height will have trouble getting comfortable.
- "The well-bolstered front seats are unusually supportive and comfortable. ... front seats are reasonably roomy, and there's far more legroom in the rear seats than in a Honda Civic." -- BusinessWeek
- "Most people will probably like the SX4 Sport's higher driving position ... But being a taller driver, I would have preferred a slightly lower position." -- Chicago Sun-Times
- "Headroom is ample despite a high seating position for the class, but legroom is just OK for lanky folks." -- Consumer Guide
The SX4 gets mixed reviews for its rear quarters. Most auto writers pepper their good comments concerning support or headroom with at least one complaint.
- "Knee room can be tight for adults seated in back, but the high-mounted bench provides good thigh support." -- Edmunds
- "The SX4 Sport's aft quarters possess sufficient head and leg room for two average-sized adults, but three-across occupancy is definitely a kids-only proposition." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The seat is relatively high -- a comfort plus -- but it's too narrow for three adults. Head clearance is just OK for six-footers, but legroom and foot space are good even with the seats set far back." -- Consumer Guide
Reviewers are generally upbeat concerning the SX4's cabin features, but a few find too many hard surfaces to be completely satisfied.
- "The SX4's controls and instruments are readily accessible and easy to use. The cloth upholstery and copious plastic trim aren't dazzling, but they aren't econobox cheezoid, either. Indeed, the aluminum-accented interior seemed more than you might expect at this price." -- Philadelphia Inquirer
- "The interior materials are pleasant, and controls are clear and ergonomic." -- Popular Mechanics
- "An orthodox dashboard design holds large, legible gauges and simple, handy minor controls." -- Consumer Guide
- "The Suzuki SX4's cabin has a clean design with large, three-dial climate control knobs that sit just below a compact, well-labeled CD stereo. Unfortunately, said stereo doesn't include the auxiliary audio jack younger buyers will be looking for, and the quality of the surrounding plastics is a step or two below the materials in rivals like the xD, Fit and Versa." -- Edmunds
The biggest headline for the 2009 Suzuki SX4 is its partnership with Garmin to provide a standard navigation system on its SX4 Sport and Sport Touring models. The GPS unit is a portable 4.3-inch unit with a touchscreen, and makes the SX4 the first vehicle for less than $16,000 to offer a navigation system standard.
- "Our biggest gripe? The location of the docking port requires a significant reach forward to operate the touch screen, and the unit's mounting is a little wobbly, and requires some practices to snap it into place. The upside of this approach is you can remove the basic unit from the SX4 and use it in another vehicle, something that will undoubtedly cross the mind of SX4 buyers at resale time." -- Road and Track
- "It's a long reach away and the screen is pretty small, but the directions are clearly displayed, the spoken directions are easy to understand, and you can actually remove the unit and take it with you, which is bound to come in handy some time." -- About.com
- "At the end of our test of the Suzuki SX4 Sport's GPS system, we found that not only did it feature excellent navigation with traffic data, but it also came with the bonus features of MSN Direct, Bluetooth hands-free, and MP3 playback. ... All in all, we'd say the SuzukiTRIP is a well-integrated solution to add a suite of cabin tech to the SX4 Sport." -- CNET
Reviewers find the 15 cubic feet of available space good for the class. And although many reviewers slammed the 2008 model for not offering fold down rear seats, few new reviews mention the new 60/40 split fold down option.
- "On the generous side is the SX4's trunk that, at 15 cubic feet, rivals or beats nearly everything in its class plus a number of mid-sizers as well. The SX4 Sport's sizable boot actually helps make it longer than the wagon version by a whopping 14.8 inches." -- Chattanooga Times Free Press
- "The sedan has a roomy trunk for the car's exterior size but lacks a folding rear seatback. The hatchback holds a half-dozen grocery bags behind its split rear seat, the backs of which do fold, and the seats flip forward to make a fairly large, boxy load area." -- Consumer Guide
- "In the SX4 Sport sedan, the rear seat is fixed in place, but the large 14-cubic-foot trunk provides a deep well of usable space." -- Edmunds