Who remembers the 1st generation Suzuki SX-4? Well, I am sure some of you do remember the brand. It has been since 2012 since Suzuki left the U.S. automarket and Suzuki is still alive and well and churning out new models overseas. Take this 2nd generation Suzuki SX-4, which now adds the Crossover (Taiwan market) or S-Cross (elsewhere globally) moniker, it came out in 2014, with a design freshening coming up later in 2017. I tested and reviewed the Suzuki Jimny last year and that was more of a real off-roader than the SX-4 is. However, Suzuki thought it would be cool to make the SX-4 feel like a crossover in the ever growing market and appetite of buyers for these particular vehicles.
Style-wise Suzuki wanted to make this Hungarian built SX-4 more like a crossover than a subcompact, with blacked out fender flares and slightly adjusted ride to make it like a soft-roader, it does stand out a bit. That is for those never venture off-road and just stick to the city or mall parking lots. The 16 inch six spoke alloy rims give it a more sportier look outside, with the styling still that of a compact hatchback. In my opinion the styling is just so-so to bland. It does not stand out when compared to say a Honda Fit.
On the road:
The engine is power by a 1.6L DOHC 16-valve VVT turbo that puts out 140hp at 15.9 kg-m/4,400rpm. This test model SX-4 is an AWD and the transmission is a CVT. With these specs the SX-4 does not sound that interesting nor fast, but Suzuki made this vehicle’s driving dynamics one of the better daily drivers.
3.5 out of 5
I would say I enjoyed driving the SX-4 Crossover. Its too bad Americans will not have a chance to see these on the roads as this is definitely a big improvement over the 1st generation SX-4.
With competitive crossover and subcompact environment, it is hard to say how the Suzuki SX-4 Crossover/S-Cross will succeed in Taiwan. The competition is fierce and price on many other competing vehicles are lower, but it certainly adds to the crowded arena.