Suzuki's SX4 was originally launched as a small crossover with all-wheel drive. Subsequent versions have included a front-wheel-drive sedan and even a rally car.
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As a completely new model in 2005, the SX4 incorporates modern styling in a small design, although it doesn't communicate any specific Suzuki design language.
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The SX4 SportBack is powered by a 2-liter four-cylinder engine, its 150 horsepower enough to move the small car quickly.
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Large windows and a high roof mark the cabin of the SX4, allowing for good visibility and comfortable seating.
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The preproduction car was equipped with some aftermarket suspension components that helped considerably in cornering.
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With its hatchback, the SX4 SportBack adds practicality with its large cargo area.
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Although tech is limited to a stereo in this model, current SX4 models come with a portable navigation device integrated with the car.
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Steering wheel buttons let you control the stereo and cruise control.
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A display between the speedometer and the tachometer shows instantaneous fuel consumption, and trains drivers to drive more efficiently.
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The SportBack comes with a continuously variable transmission, which finds the precise ratio at any given moment for the most efficient operation.
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The transmission has virtual shift points, which can be controlled with paddles on the steering wheel.
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The stereo is fairly simple, merely including a CD player that can read MP3 tracks. But the production version of the car should include an integrated portable navigation device.
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The sound system in the SportBack is fairly robust, with eight speakers, including a subwoofer and center channel.
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