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in 2012 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,644 - $12,697
Original MSRP: $13,849 - $19,799
MPG: 23 City / 33 Hwy
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2012 Suzuki SX4 Interior

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The 2012 Suzuki SX4’s cabin may be uncomfortable for tall drivers and passengers, but if you’re smaller in stature, you should be comfortable. You can also equip your SX4 to your liking with features that include USB connectivity, navigation and Bluetooth. However, these options make the SX4 pricier than its competitors, some of which offer Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port as standard equipment. But reviewers say even well-equipped SX4 models can’t hold their ground against the competition because the cabin looks dated and is made with cheap materials.

  • "The 2012 Suzuki SX4's cabin falls short of much of its competition, with an aging design and lower-quality materials defining much of the interior." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Tall drivers may have a hard time finding a comfortable position in the SX4 because the seating position is high, there isn’t a lot of legroom and the steering wheel doesn’t telescope. Back-seat space, however, is pretty good for the class, with a decent amount of headroom and legroom for adults who are 6-feet tall.

  • "For one, its elevated seating position favors shorter drivers; medium to tall folk might bemoan a lack of legroom and a telescoping steering wheel." -- Edmunds
  • "The backseat is workable for adults, both in terms of headroom and legroom." -- 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 was telescopic. (Rear seats) Excellent for a subcompact car. The seat is relatively high--a boon for overall comfort. Head clearance is good for 6-footers, and legroom and foot space are good even with the seats set far back." -- Consumer Guide 

Interior Features

The automotive press is disappointed with the SX4’s cheap cabin and skimpy list of standard features. Though quality suffers somewhat, reviewers like the easy-to-use controls.

One of reviewers’ least favorite aspects of the SX4 is its optional Garmin navigation system. Suzuki updated it for the 2012 model year, but reviewers haven’t commented on the changes. Last year, test drivers thought the system looked weird, and disliked that it was portable, rather than built into the dashboard.

The 2012 SX4 sedan, which is the least expensive model in the SX4 lineup, doesn’t come standard with air conditioning or a stereo, which is unusual for the class. Many of its competitors have these features, as well as standard Bluetooth and a USB port. Bluetooth and a USB port are optional in the base SX4 sedan.

SportBack and Crossover models do have a standard stereo and air conditioning, but Bluetooth and a USB port are still optional. Despite the additional standard features, SportBack and Crossover versions of the SX4 still suffer from poor interior quality, just like the sedan.

  • "Obviously, the base sedan is the most spartan of the bunch, lacking both air-conditioning and a stereo. … On the plus side, the gauges are easy to read and the controls are intuitive to operate." -- Edmunds
  • "I did find the approach to the Garmin display to be a bit odd. It looked disconnected, and I wish it were considered more in the overall design of the center stack." -- AutoWeek
  • "An orthodox dashboard design holds clear gauges and simple, handy minor controls. The navigation system is a Garmin-brand unit that pops up from the top of the dashboard. Its controls are just out of reach for some of our testers, and its screen is a bit small for easy reading and access." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Some roughly finished cabin pieces." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The Crossover and Sportback GTS models offer 16 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use. It expands to an impressive 51.8 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded down. Sedans also have 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space in their trunks, which is good for the class.

  • "But last night a Costco run was on the schedule, and I was interested to see how the SX4 handled it. Much to my surprise, there was a lot more room in the trunk than I thought. Nice." -- AutoWeek
  • "The sedan has a roomy trunk for the car's exterior size, and kudos to Suzuki for including split-folding seat backs on sedans, when this feature was previously unavailable. Hatchbacks have very good cargo room, aided by convenient under-floor storage. Cabin storage is useful but not abundant." -- Consumer Guide

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