Maruti Suzuki SX4 was launched back in 2007 to replace previous generation Maruti Boleno sedan. When compared with the outgoing model, Maruti SX4 was perhaps the better looking one out of the two. Replacing the low slung Boleno was the SX4 which was pretty high from the ground, thus having a ground clearance of 170 mm that allowed it to sail over speed breakers without much of an adieu despite four people being loaded inside. It was introduced with a tag line ‘Men are Back’ which was proven by the fact that the SX4 was the tallest car in its segment, that happened to be in C plus category.
Maruti Suzuki in those days was a segment leader when it came to small cars, as their premium products never found positive response from Indian car buyers. Their small car maker image hurt future prospects especially when it came to manufacturing sedans in a large way. It was believed that paying a premium for a Maruti car would not be a good idea. Maruti SX4 enjoyed a decent number run in the initial days but was eventually beaten by the likes of Honda City and Hyundai Verna which were then available in a nice 1.5 L diesel mill. To keep them at bay, Maruti Suzuki came back with a features loaded SX that provided goodies and an engine option of a VVT motor. It was the first choice for ferrying the Indian office bearers with several SX4s doing rounds around town with flashing beacons on top because of its ride quality and intimidating presence in front of the other cars of its segment.
Maruti Suzuki SX4 – Exteriors
Maruti Suzuki SX4 was a muscular sedan with an intimidating presence. This was possible via a prominent front grill that looks refreshing with a wide mesh and the Suzuki trademarked S logo sitting right in the center off it. Though over the year's, the grille was updated by adding in wide scaled three horizontal lines that provided this sedan a more updated look for its time. Meanwhile the bonnet lines flank the front grille and stop running just beside the front headlights which gives it a mean front profile. The lozenge shaped headlamps are side swept and improve the visibility with their halogen bulbs. The round fog lamps are placed in the bumper with matt black plastic molds completing a well proportioned look.
The huge windscreen provided perfect visibility to the driver. The SX4 was originally derived from the S-Cross that was sold in the European market prior to its introduction last year in India. Therefore this sedan saw abundance of ground clearance and in fact its taller stance among others in the class attracted many towards it. While, the rear is a little upswept and the tail lights are clear cut. The high set boot has integrated twin reflectors which aid in visibility. The boot loading lip is very high and loading of the luggage is indeed a bit of a task.
Maruti Suzuki SX4 – Interiors
Maruti Suzuki SX4 has a high stance therefore getting in and out of the cabin was a breezy affair. Due to this quality, the front seats also end up providing best possible visibility. It offers good cabin space in relation to head, shoulder and legroom. The front seats are comfortable as they provide good lumber and under thigh support. It also has oodles of leg room for rear passengers as well. The sedan has several bits and pieces which are similar to the interiors of the old Maruti Suzuki Swift. Setting comfort aside, the cabin can easily accommodate 5 persons with utter ease. For storage, all four door pockets can accommodate a 1 liter bottle each and at the same time be usefully for keeping other things. The glove compartment has a lot of depth as it can easily hold files and important papers without crumpling them. The boot space in the Maruti Suzuki SX4 is stellar with a capacity of 504 liters which can be increased further by folding the rear seats that feature a 60:40 ratio split.
Maruti Suzuki SX4- Features
The dashboard does not look very fancy but is very useful in terms of practicality. Thus the instrument cluster has chrome ringed dials which holds the tachometer and speedometer. The MID has an orange colour back light that is easy to read in the dark. It displaces information like trip, distance covered, distance to empty and other important information in order to aid the driver. The steering wheel in SX4 gets integrated volume controls which come in pretty handy while driving. It comes equipped with a 2- DIN Kenwood audio system with features like USB, AUX-in and Bluetooth. However, there is a choice of a fully integrated touch screen audio system with AUX-in and USB connectivity and satellite navigation feature as well. The sound quality of the audio system is decent with quality bass output on tap. Below the audio system is the automatic climate control panel which is operational by two round knobs. The whole central console is user friendly and is flanked by premium parallel silver bars. The sedan gets OSRVM controls similar to that of the old Maruti Baleno sedan. While the gear knob and the steering wheel are plain without the option of having them leather wrapped. The driver side power window switches get one touch function and child lock.
Maruti Suzuki SX4 Dimensions
Maruti SX4 was high set with an intimidating road presence and this is why it measure 4490 mm in length, 1735 mm in width and 1560 mm in height. The 5.3 metre turning radius is fairly okay when it comes to congested city limits. A ground clearance of 170 mm is higher than most of the sedans in its segment which rather one of the biggest USP's of this car. Cabin space comes by easily as it has a wheelbase of 2500 mm while the C- segment sedan has a kerb weight of 1245 kg making it a safe car.
Maruti Suzuki SX4 Safety Features
Maruti SX4 top trim which is the ZDi variant came equipped with ABS and EBD plus there are ventilated discs up front and drum brakes towards the rear. This variant also provides dual airbags for driver and co-passenger, offers seat belt / door ajar warnings, automatic door locks, child safety lock, side and front impact beams, day night rear view mirror along with an engine immobilizer.
Maruti Suzuki SX4 Engine Specification
Maruti Suzuki SX4 was powered by a 1.3 L Fiat Multijet engine which can also be found in other brands like Fiat, Tata, Chevrolet to name a few. This oil burner was capable of churning out 88.73 bhp of power @ 4000 rpm with a maximum torque of 200 Nm @ 1750 rpm. Meanwhile the other engine option available with this sedan is a 1.6-litre VVT petrol engine as it makes 100 bhp of power output @ 5600 rpm with a torque figure of 141 Nm @ 4100 rpm. Top speed of the SX4 is claimed to be 165 kmph. Transmission duties are carried out by a 5-speed manual gearbox while a 4-speed automatic is also on offer.
Maruti SX4 Mileage
Coming to the mileage part, the SX4 delivers an ARAI certified fuel economy of the diesel engine was an excellent 21.79 kmpl while on the other hand the VVT petrol engine gives out a reasonable fuel efficiency of 16.5 kmpl. The CNG powered derivative runs 22.1km/kg of CNG. Thus it makes the SX4 a perfect long distance commuter.
Maruti SX4 Variants
This sedan was available in a total of nine variants – petrol powered VXi, ZXi Manual Transmission and ZXi Auto Transmission. While the diesel models were VDi, ZDi and ZDi leather. There’s also an eco friendly option of Green VXi model which runs on CNG.
Maruti Suzuki SX4 Color Options
It was available in seven colors- Pearl Arctic White, Silky Silver, Clear Beige, Azure Grey, Oyster Blue, French Eclair and Midnight Black.