Although the Suzuki SX4 indulges in a fair bit of stylistic posturing (the sham underbody protection plates are the most obvious example), the overall shape, developed in collaboration with Giugiaro’s Italdesign, looks appropriately chunky, funky and bold.

It has a purposeful, four-square, tipped-forward, ready-for-action stance.

Richard Bremner Autocar

Richard Bremner

Senior contributing editor
The SX4 indulges in a fair bit of stylistic posturing

The SX4 has a low waistline and triangular quarterlights ahead of the front doors. Plastic wheelarch extensions suggest offroad ability, even if the reality is somewhat different.

Curiously the SX4 saloon model, a rare sight on the road, does without the rufty-tufty image and is positioned as a replacement to the Liana.

A minor facelift in 2012 saw subtle revisions to the front bumper and grille and 16-inch alloy wheels for topline models.

Under the skin the monocoque bodyshell and the MacPherson strut (front) and twist beam (rear) suspension are similar to the Swift’s. A tight turning circle of 10.6m is aided by the SX4's compact dimensions – it measures 4140mm long and 1755mm wide.

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