For 2010, the SX4 family-already consisting of the all-wheel drive Crossover 5-door and front-wheel drive 4-door Sport gains a third member, the SportBack. At first glance the SportBack is a dead-ringer for the Crossover, but parked side by side, the lower ride height, 17″ alloys, subtle aero package and the absence of roof rails set the SportBack apart. The SportBack is available only in front-wheel drive.
For 2010 the SX4 gains a new engine-a 2.0L four producing 150hp. Buyers have a choice of a 6-speed manual or a CVT with paddle shifters. Either way, the EPA predicts about 30mpg in combined driving. Performance shocks, standard anti-roll bars and 4-wheel disc brakes promise a fun ride. In addition to standard GPS navigation, the SX4 also adds a host of interior refinements for 2010.
More interesting though is the language of recent Suzuki press releases. For a brand that has struggled to find an identity in North America, it would appear one is taking shape-German car sportiness, Japanese car reliability. True, Mazda is considered by many to be the “Japanese VW” but now Suzuki appears to have aimed their crosshairs at the People’s Car. Still, for buyers waiting for the new Golf, but nervous about the VW’s long-term reliability, the Suzuki is a viable alternative.