Suzuki built its reputation as a maker of small four-wheel drive cars with vehicles like the SJ, Jimny and Vitara. But the SX4 is a different proposition; not a 'proper' 4x4, it's a hatchback that's only rear-wheel drive when i-AWD mode is active. It's a tough little car with a go-anywhere attitude and standard all-wheel drive that can be used in a variety of situations depending on what the driver wants to do. It also has a flexible cabin and a reasonable price tag.
The SX4's standard three-mode i-AWD system sends 30 to 50 percent of power to the rear wheels (depending on what the driver chooses) when in AWD auto or lock mode. It will also switch to front-wheel drive at speeds up to 36 mph to maximize fuel economy.
A snazzy new exterior design and some interior upgrades made the 2007 SX4 look fresher than its '05 origins, while the available sporty Sport model added brushed aluminum trim, more aggressive styling and upgraded sound. A 'tough-looking' black paint finish and a spoiler were other popular options.
Suzukis have a reputation for being reliable and trouble-free, and the SX4 is no exception. Few complaints land on the CarsGuide complaint desk, and owners tell us they love their diminutive Suzukis. But if you're considering a used SX4, keep in mind that its rocky, wobbly ride can be jarring on rough road and the low-mounted A-pillar can block your view of the road ahead.