2008 Suzuki SX4 Sport

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Flash Drive: 2008 Suzuki SX4 Sport

By Staff of MSN Autos

Suzuki has done a great job of proving that an inexpensive car does not have to be just basic transportation. The SX4 Sport not only looks good with its 17-inch alloy wheels and body-color honeycomb grille, it’s actually fun to drive. No, it won’t win a drag race, but with adequate power, a smooth-shifting 5-speed manual and decent handling, the SX4 can definitely hold its own against the competition. Interior trim materials are of a higher quality than expected, seats both front and back are quite comfortable, and there’s a spacious trunk. The best part of all – all this is available for just $15,700! With multiple airbags and ABS standard, the SX4 is an excellent choice for that first time car buyer. Perry Stern

Emblazoned on the test car’s key tag were the words “SX4 Sport Convenience,” the latter two an automotive oxymoron if ever I’ve heard one. Flashing on the blacked-out honeycomb grille before swinging into the driver’s seat, I was impressed by the SX4 Sport’s little-yet-large presence, confirmed inside by a clean dash layout, tight fit & finish, and ergonomic control placements: everything fell to hand. Turning the key and hitting the gas confirmed my suspicions: This utilitarian sedan possesses a sporty undertone that can slap a smile on your face, all for around 15 grand. With such a strong list of standard features on the SX4 Sport I have to agree with the ad copywriters: Look out Toyota and Honda, there’s a new econoboxer in town. Eric Bellscheidt

A surprisingly good looking car, the new Suzuki SX4 Sport delivers the fuel efficiency needed from a compact car at just over $15,000, while proving that a compact doesn’t have to be boring. Retaining the tall stance of the 5-door SX4, the 4-door sport includes a body kit, black grille and 17-inch alloy wheels to give it a look that makes it fun to drive. With only 143 horsepower on tap, a little more power would be nice but drop the 5-speed manual down a gear when needed to climb hills, and real-world combined fuel economy is close to 30 mpg. The sporty feel and great value both continue on the inside with automatic air conditioning, MP3-capable audio system, aluminum trim and a leather-wrapped wheel that includes audio controls. For a little bit of style and fun to go with good fuel economy, the SX4 Sport is a great choice. Mike Meredith

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