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in 2010 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $5,808 - $9,745
Original MSRP: $13,359 - $19,999
MPG: 22 City / 30 Hwy
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2010 Suzuki SX4 Interior

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The 2010 SX4 offers excellent cargo capacity, a spacious cabin and a wide range of standard and available features, which impresses reviewers. Still, both the front and rear seats can be uncomfortable and cabin materials are on the cheap side. Cars that should be cross-shopped with the SX4 include the Nissan Versa for its roomy rear seat, the Kia Forte for its impressive standard features list, and the Honda Fit for its versatile cargo space and cushy seats.

  • "Though the SX4's interior was on par with the competition a few years ago, Suzuki has since been leapfrogged. There are some highs: My test car's backlit gauges and silver dashboard accents looked sharp, and most controls operate with high-rent precision. But major areas you regularly come in contact with, like the door panels, are shod in hard, cheap-looking plastics." -- Cars.com
  • "Cabin materials are appropriate for the price. Test examples have shown fine detail finish." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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
  • "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

Front Seats

Reviewers are disappointed at how hard it can be for taller drivers to find a comfortable seating position in the SX4. Since it lacks a telescoping steering wheel, finding an ideal driving position can be a bit of a chore.

  • "At 5-foot-11, I would liked it if the driver's seat could move back by a few more inches for a comfortable distance to the pedals. My legs were crammed too close. With the seat all the way back, I also wanted the steering wheel within closer reach, but it only has a tilt adjustment. With the seat height cranked up to my tastes, I found the cushion angled too low for decent thigh support. In short, I just didn't fit - and I'm no NBA player. (Truth be told, I'd be hard-pressed to complete a decent layup.)" -- Cars.com
  • "Headroom is ample despite a high seating position for the class, but legroom is just OK for lanky folks. Seats are ordinary for shape and padding. Some testers complain that the front roof pillars impede the view to the sides. Others wish the steering wheel were telescopic." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Head room in either body style is excellent up front. Leg room is adequate for most, though tall drivers will want more." -- New Car Test Drive

Rear Seats

The SX4 receives mixed reviews for its rear quarters. Most auto writers agree that the hatchback models offer reasonably comfortable rear quarters but suggest that the sedan models are cramped, even for a compact. Those who want a sedan and wish to carry more than two people comfortably should check out the Nissan Versa. It’s the SX4’s platform-mate and offers what reviewers consider to be one of the most comfortable rear seats in the class. 

  • "Rear-seat leg room is pretty good in the Crossover, more than sufficient for a six-footer. Rear-seat legroom is not quite as generous as in the similar-sized Nissan Versa but, to put it in perspective, it's about the same as in the much larger Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Rear-seat head room in the hatchback is generous." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The seat is relatively high--a boon for overall comfort. Head clearance is good for six-footers, and legroom and foot space are good even with the seats set far back." -- Consumer Guide
  • "At least headroom in both rows is good. Really good, actually - one benefit of such a tall car. Legroom in the backseat is limited, even for a compact car; if you regularly need to carry adults, consider a competitor like the Kia Forte." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Reviewers like the SX4 for offering a navigation system standard on higher level trims and for offering a wide range of available features. Still, some reviewers dislike the audio system and consider the materials to be low quality. If you want a car that is packed with standard features on the base model, there are other cars worth a test drive.

Standard options on the base SX4 sedan include a tilt steering wheel, power windows and doors and a 12-volt power outlet, but not much else. Higher LE and LE Popular trims add a four-speaker audio system with speed-sensitive volume control and the options for remote keyless entry and Bluetooth. All Sport and Crossover models include a built-in navigation system, and higher trims include a one-year subscription to the real-time traffic system MSN Direct Services, which has been updated for 2010 to include new features like airline departure and arrival times and Doppler weather maps.

  • "The steering wheel in my tester had unsightly gaps between the spokes and hub. The headliner is a mess of cut-rate mouse fur, and the narrow doors feel unsubstantial when slammed." -- Cars.com
  • "Climbing inside the Suzuki SX4 we discovered a pleasant cockpit with no gimmicks. Everything is well placed and the brushed aluminum trim seems to be well finished. The radio controls are found on the same plane as the center of the steering wheel, with three easy-to-use climate control knobs located just below them. The interior materials include sturdy plastics on par for the class." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "An orthodox dashboard design holds clear gauges and simple, handy minor controls." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Music plays through an eight-speaker audio system, complete with center channel and subwoofer. This setup proved generally tinny, although we appreciated the subtle richness added by the subwoofer." -- CNET

Cargo

The Crossover and Sportback GTS models offer an impressive 16 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use. It expands to 54 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded down. Sedans also have a decent cargo capacity of 15.5 cubic feet and feature a 60/40 split folding rear seat.

  • "The sedan has a roomy trunk for the car's exterior size, and kudos to Suzuki for including split-folding seatbacks on sedans, when this feature was previously unavailable. Cabin storage is useful but not abundant." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The trunk is large for this class, but 15.5 cubic feet is more space than many midsize cars offer." -- Cars.com

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