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2008 Suzuki SX4 Sport At-A-Glance

2008 Suzuki SX4 Sport


Built in Japan, the SX4 Sport features a sophisticated 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC
engine matched to a five-speed manual transmission or an available specially tuned four-speed
automatic transmission.

The responsive engine’s strong low-end torque provides the fun-to-drive feeling commuters – and
weekenders – crave, and is more powerful than segment volume leaders. The 2.0-liter engine
delivers 143 horsepower and 136 lb.-ft. of torque, with an estimated EPA fuel economy rating of 23
mpg/city and 31 mpg/highway with automatic transmission.

Dynamic Handling

The SX4 Sport shares some key design elements with the Suzuki Swift and features a rigid steel
unibody underpinned by a confidence-inspiring chassis that was fine-tuned in Europe to provide good
stability on the highway along with crisp and responsive handling and braking and minimal body roll.
Its rigid structure, along with reinforced suspension mounts, allows the front MacPherson struts and
rear torsion beam suspension to work to their full potential. The sport-tuned suspension with 10mm
(0.4 in) lower ride height compared to the SX4 Crossover, KYB performance shocks and standard
stabilizer bars deliver dynamic, responsive handling. Steering and yaw performance, skid pad
performance, braking performance, and body roll and brake force control of the SX4 Sport are
superior to that of the Swift. The combination of a wide track and large 17-inch wheels with low profile
50 Series tires help optimize the ride-and-handling balance.

Driving in Confidence

The SX4 Sport offers customers an extensive array of standard safety features. Active safety
features include daytime running lights, four-wheel Bosch disc brakes with ABS and a tire pressure
monitoring system (TPMS). Passive safety elements include a safety-reinforced body with front and
rear crumple zones designed to help absorb impact energy. The unibody structure is designed to
direct impact energy away from the reinforced cabin area.

Six airbags are standard on the SX4 Sport: driver and front passenger advanced frontal airbags and
side-impact airbags; and side curtain airbags designed to provide additional protection for outboard
front- and rear-seat passengers. Additionally, the SX4 Sport is fitted with front three-point seatbelts
with pre-tensioners and force limiters, three-point emergency locking retractor rear seat belts, ISO
FIX-compliant child seat anchors, LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) and a
high-mounted stop lamp.

The Electronic Stability Program1 (ESP) is available on SX4 Sport Touring models and provides
outstanding safety and control. The system uses the SX4 Sport’s electronic brake and traction control
systems to measure vehicle speed, steering wheel angle and yaw faster than a typical driver. This
information is sent to a central controller that can intervene as needed.

Under certain conditions, such as when unintended oversteer or understeer is detected, the system
can apply individual brakes and reduce engine torque to help the driver maintain the proper cornering
line. Together with the traction control system, ESP helps the driver maintain control when cornering,
under acceleration, during emergency maneuvers and/or when driving on slippery road surfaces.
Styling that gets noticed

Suzuki has created a handsome, versatile car with poise and presence far beyond the SX4 Sport’s
compact size and price. The SX4 Sport features bold style from Suzuki’s own design studio in Japan.
A large Suzuki “S” over the honeycomb mesh grille is used to accentuate the sporty attributes of the
vehicle and distinguish the Suzuki brand from its bland-looking competition.
The body features a low, rising waistline and large, triangular-shaped windows forward of the front
doors, giving the SX4 Sport a sporty wedge shape indicative of its outstanding dynamic performance.
The wide track, standard 17-inch alloy wheels and flared fenders also add to the appearance of
traction and dynamic performance.

Where the SX4 Crossover offers a wide-open cargo area, the SX4 Sport provides generous, secure
storage within its oversized trunk. Whether using the car personally or professionally, owners will
enjoy the spacious cargo area, one of the largest in the segment. A rear deck lid spoiler is available
to complete the look.

Amenity-filled Interior

The stylish design continues inside the SX4 Sport. A functional and high-tech center panel offers
large, circular controls flanked by modern aluminum-colored trim. Instruments and controls seem to
float as they are backlit by contemporary, high-tech red lighting, and the ergonomic design of the
instrument cluster and dashboard provides clear views of the meters and easy access to the controls
for a true driver-oriented cabin. The sporty cockpit theme extends throughout the cabin with a dark
interior featuring black cloth for a look both sharp and refined.
The handsome integrated center stack contains a standard AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with four
speakers or an available six-disc in-dash CD AM/FM/MP3 audio system with nine speakers (including
subwoofer). Both audio systems are XM Satellite Radio-capable. It is a striking example of function
complementing form. Customers who want the convenience of a fully integrated iPod2 system can
purchase a Suzuki iPod interface from their Suzuki dealer.

Once the device is plugged in, it works seamlessly through the radio – or the steering-wheelintegrated
controls – and playlists and each song’s information appears on the radio display. Also
available on a dealer-installed basis is Suzuki’s Bluetooth3 connectivity option. Equally distinctive in
the segment is the availability of a SmartPass keyless entry and start system on the Touring trim

With seating for five, the SX4 Sport offers both utility and style. Driver and passenger comfort is
excellent due to the large cabin proportions. The in-command seating position provides a higher hpoint
than the competition and optimizes visibility for driving confidence and control along with
superior ease of entry and egress. The expansive interior provides both driver and passengers with
room to relax, and the exterior dimensions provide outstanding maneuverability for crowded city
streets and parking areas. With generous legroom and shoulder room, even for the rear-seat
passengers, interior volumes are equal to or better than volume leaders in the segment, and provide
class-leading headroom.

Beyond the generous interior, the trunk boasts 15 cubic feet of space, offering 20 percent more
storage space than some segment leaders. In addition, there are many discreet storage
compartments located throughout the cabin, and all the doors feature large pockets and bottle holders
for added convenience.

Trim Levels and Packages

The 2008 SX4 Sport is one of the best equipped compact cars in America, with more standard
features than cars costing thousands more. The base SX4 Sport’s standard features include six
airbags (driver and front passenger advanced frontal and side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags
for all outboard seating positions) four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake-force
distribution (EBD), tire pressure monitoring system, trip computer, front seatbelt pretensioners, power
windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with
four speakers, tilt steering wheel, aero body package, 17-inch alloy wheels and floor mats. The
starting MSRP for the SX4 Sport is $14,770. Destination and handling charges are $625.
The SX4 Sport also offers two optional packages: Convenience and Touring. The Convenience
Package adds cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls,
automatic climate control and heated outside mirrors. The starting MSRP for the SX4 with the
Convenience Package is $15,270.

The Touring package adds a six-disc CD player, upgraded 380-watt audio system with nine speakers,
including subwoofer, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, Electronic Stability Program with traction control
system and SmartPass keyless entry and start system, and starts at $16,270. ESP and SmartPass
will be introduced later in the year. An automatic transmission is available for $1,100 on all models.

Source: Suzuki. Edited By JSC Editor

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