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2008 Suzuki XL7 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Suzuki XL7 was new.

The standard XL7 can seat five passengers, but can be upgraded with an optional third row to seat seven. The XL7 is widely praised for roominess and comfort, but critics complain that accessing the third row is too difficult.

The quality of the interior does not match the flexibility that 2008 Suzuki XL7 provides, with some of the materials feeling cheaper, and with a fit and finish that Ward's Auto World feels is "sub-par." The Detroit News considers the interior a "bargain-basement model", with a cheap feel and look.

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Seating

The XL7 has plenty of passenger space. Edmunds reports that "the Suzuki has plenty of room for up to five adults, and two kids won't mind sitting in the third row," with comfortable seats and average quality of cabin materials. Ward's Auto World says "passengers get segment-leading spaciousness in the second and third rows." Motor Week finds the SUV's overall interior "family-friendly" and especially ideal for children or small adults with the optional third-row seating.

The 2008 Suzuki XL7's optional third row seat is an acclaimed feature in the compact SUV class, and possibly the main reason car buyers should consider the XL7. The Chicago Sun Times says it's one of the "most memorable features" and Velocity Journal reports that rear accommodations are "roomy, with ample headroom."

Interior Features

The 2008 Suzuki XL7, relative to its class, comes with a utility-style cabin, with space and comfort over luxury and gadgetry. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Suzuki XL7 instruments and controls are "simple and properly located." The Chicago Sun Times reports that the dashboard is "highly functional" with "easy-to-see gauges and easily reached control knobs and switches." U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman finds the dashboard controls "basic and serviceable, with decent solidity." The XL7 interior controls are "hard to figure out without reading the owner's manual," claims BusinessWeek, with knobs for the radio and navigation that are "too small, making them hard to use if you're wearing gloves."

The 2008 Suzuki XL7 comes in five different trim levels. The extra passenger space and third row option come standard on the "7 passenger" and the "luxury 7 passenger" models. Standard features include a remote keyless entry with panic button, air-conditioning with automatic climate control, power windows, door locks and mirrors, tilt steering wheel, cruise control and rear window defroster. The "XL7" and "XL7 Luxury" have an AM/FM/CD with six speakers. The XL7 Limited adds MP3 capability and XM-enabled audio, along with seven speakers.

The Chicago Sun Times finds the HVAC system "LOUD," claiming if you don't have the music on, then it is "very noticeable, and it's hard to carry on a conversation." with the interior noise being "average for this class." Kelley Blue Book disagrees, noting road noise to be "very little," only citing that a "louder turn signal would better remind drivers to turn it off when no longer needed."

Cargo

Cargo space for the XL7 is listed as 14 cubic feet behind third row, 49.4 cubic feet behind second row and 95.2 cubic feet behind front row, with second and third row seating folded.

The 2008 Suzuki XL7 comes equipped with "plenty of cargo area," says New Car Test Drive, behind the rear seats of the five-passenger models. USA Today finds the storage area around the driver limited to cup holders and a small nook, with the main storage bin providing "sufficient room." U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman reports that the XL7 cargo area is "able to fit a week's worth of luggage or most of the household stuff you'd ever want to haul."

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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