The Suzuki SX4 is a practical, economically priced car that comes with standard all-wheel drive.
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Although the car is on the tall side, the front has a sporty character. Suzuki has made a version of the SX4 to compete in the World Rally Championship.
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Even tall people will find the ceiling height of the SX4 more than adequate.
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The car has four doors and a rear hatch, making it versatile for hauling people or cargo.
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With the rear seats up, the cargo area is limited, with just enough space to hold a few bags of groceries. With the seats down, the space becomes much more useful.
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There aren't many cabin electronics available for the SX4. Neither navigation nor hands-free cell phone integration is available.
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The stereo in the base trim version has a single CD player and an AM/FM radio, and it comes prepped for XM satellite radio.
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The CD player can read MP3 and WMA discs, and we like the way it shows ID3 tag information. However, it doesn't sound particularly good.
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A pod in the center of the dashboard holds a display that shows the time and trip computer information, such as average miles per gallon.
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Going from two-wheel drive (front) to all-wheel drive is particularly easy, with this rocker switch located by the shifter.
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Helped along by all-wheel drive and a rigid body, handling in the SX4 isn't bad. Although the car is tall, it didn't have a top-heavy feel.
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The gauges are basic, but there is a useful indicator to tell you when the car is in all-wheel drive mode.
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The five-speed manual works OK, although it feels a little primitive. We would have preferred a smoother-shifting six-speed transmission.
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The SX4 is powered by a two-liter, four-cylinder engine making 143 horsepower, adequate to shoot the little SX4 around corners and off the line.
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