Suzuki has announced a new range-topping SZ5 specification for its SX4 crossover, adding four-wheel drive and 2.0-litre turbodiesel power.
Until now the Suzuki SX4 crossover has only been available with a 118bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine. But Suzuki has just announced a range-topping SZ5 specification with a 133bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel option. The SZ5 reintroduces four-wheel drive to the SX4, complementing the front-wheel drive SZ3 and SZ4 specifications already on sale.
The four-wheel drive system is called i-AWD, and is a three-mode system giving a choice of 4WD-Auto, 4WD-Lock and 2WD. These work as you would expect: 4WD-Auto means front-wheel drive is used until the extra traction is needed; 4WD-Lock is permanent four-wheel drive up to 40mph when it automatically switches to 4WD-Auto. The most economical mode is 2WD, since this generates the least friction.
SX4 offers strong performance
The 1.6-litre petrol is at its most efficient in regular front-wheel drive guise, returning 45.6mpg combined while emitting 143g/km of CO2. It can also sprint from 0-62mph in 10.7 seconds and hit 115mph. Add four-wheel drive into the mix and the fuel economy is reduced to 43.5mpg with 149g/km of CO2 emissions. It takes 11.5 seconds to go from 0-62mph, and the top speed is 109mph.
The new 2.0-litre DDiS turbodiesel manages 51.4mpg and 143g/km of CO2, despite being available in SZ5 four-wheel drive spec only. Going from 0-62mph takes 11.2 seconds, and the top speed is 112mph. All figures are according to the manufacture based on EU testing standards.
SX4 has decent kit as standard
As standard, the SZ3 specification includes six airbags, remote locking, air conditioning, eight-speaker stereo, all-round electric windows, trip computer and illuminated steering-wheel audio controls.
SZ4 adds front fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, additional side body protection, heated mirrors, keyless go, additional centre speaker and automatic air conditioning.
The SZ5 trim level, meanwhile, offers the i-AWD system and rear privacy glass in 1.6-litre petrol guise. If you specify the 2.0-litre turbodiesel you also get cruise control and a six-speed manual gearbox.
Prices for the Suzuki SX4
Prices for the Suzuki SX4 start at £11,750 for the 1.6 SZ3; an SZ4 will set you back £12,395 (£13,420 if you want the optional automatic gearbox), while SZ5 pricing begins at £14,235.
Unsurprisingly the new 2.0-litre DDiS turbodiesel SZ5 joins the range right at the top, costing from £15,995. Available to order now.