Inside the SX4, the Suzuki family theme continues, but with bolder design and more focus on functionality. The cabin is light and airy, although thick A-pillars restrict forward vision. And the absence of fuss on the facia works well, with a clear three-dial binnacle ahead of the driver and multi-switch heater and stereo controls on the central console.

The faux-metal-edged rotary ventilation controls look quite classy and work with a particularly smooth, tactile action. This is in stark contrast to the hard, cheap-feeling plastic used elsewhere in the interior.

Vicky Parrott

Deputy reviews editor
Passenger space is generous, but the boot suffers as a result

Meanwhile, the upright seating is comfortable and it’s easy to find the right driving position, even with the steering wheel only adjusting for rake. The seats are a little flat and could do with more lateral support, but there’s decent legroom for four adults and ample stowage provision. It’s a pity there isn’t more elbow and shoulder room, though.

Passenger space might be generous for such a short car, but the boot suffers as a result, with a meagre 270-litre capacity. The 60/40 split rear seatbacks fold down to boost space and the whole seat can be tumbled forward for the surfing trip to Newquay that Suzuki no doubt expects some of its customers to make. However, the transmission tunnel can make life a little awkward for a third rear-seat passenger. 

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