Suzuki SX4
Suzuki SX4

The 1.9DDiS diesel is a stand-alone model. It is mated to Suzuki’s newly-developed 6-speed manual transmission only, and is not available with 4GRIP. It does, however, produce 120PS (118bhp) at 3,500 rpm and 280Nm (206.5lb ft) of torque at 2,000rpm, which is enough for a 0-62mpg dash in 10.6 seconds and a top speed of 118mph. That’s 6mph more than the 1.6 with manual gearbox and a fraction of a second quicker in the sprint.

Oddly enough, the fuel consumption figures for the two engines, aren’t that far apart either; the standard 1.6’s combined figure is 41.5mpg, while that of the diesel, works out at 44.8mpg, derived from 36.2mpg and 51.4mpg for the urban and extra-urban, respectively. Moreover, the diesel emits only 1g/km more CO2 than the 165g/km of the petrol unit. So, apart from the extra power and torque available from the diesel engine, there’s little to choose between them.

The SX4 comes in two trim levels; GL, which is more hatch-like and the GLX that leans more towards SUV features. The SX4 1.6 GL, starts the pricing at £9,999 and moving up a grade to GLX adds £1,000, for which you get power for the rear windows, heated door mirrors, automatic air-conditioning, front fog lamps, alloy wheels, roof rails, wheel arch extensions, side protection moulding's, front and rear skid plates and the indispensable, keyless entry and start.

Going automatic adds £1,070 to the GLX price. The 4GRIP, 5-speed manual is £12,999 and the diesel test car is just a bit less at £12,799. There are no optional extras, save for metallic paint at £320.

From the outside, the SX4 has a strong, confident look about it, which is emphasised even more by the extended wheel-arches and moulding's of the GLX. The wide track and low stance makes it seem purposeful - a feeling that isn’t diminished when sitting comfortably behind the wheel.

The front seats are broad enough to accommodate all sizes and there is plenty of head- and shoulder-room. The two-tone interior feels quite restful and I particularly liked the simplicity of the centre console, with its uncomplicated, integrated radio/CD player, which has secondary controls on the rake-adjustable steering wheel. The fascia could almost be described as bland if it wasn’t for the metallic-effect highlights and trims surrounding the easily-read dials, flanking the centre console and the steering wheel boss.

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