Handsome SX4(ZXi) Has It All; A Driver's Car

A user review on Maruti Suzuki SX4. Written by smiledesigner9 on 15 June, 2008

Price: ₹ 7.15 - 9.54 lakhs
Ex-showroom, New Delhi
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Version Reviewed : ZXi [2007-2010]
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Fuel Economy : kpl
Good : Good style, good front vision, supportive seat, ground clearance a boon
Bad : audio system could have been better with inbuit blue tooth receiver

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Dear friends,

I have been driving a fiat siena till now and wanted a change. It was a bit difficult for me to look beyond a FIAT product but one car which really took me by suprise ix SX4.

I had been to a dealer and then requested a good friend of mine to take me for a test drive, after thorough research on internet & after the test drive I was bowled over by this handsome SX4.

GOOD ONES

  1. One thing I admired most is the style, its terrific, you might like to go for black as it stands out in the crowd
  2. Height of ZXi impressed me as it let me in the drivers seat with much ease (possibly because of greater ground clearance)
  3. The back seat supported my thighs well and there was enough leg room, the arm rest is really comfortable
  4. Ground clearance is a boon, as it not only gives you a good ride (suspensions support well) but you just forget if your back bumper will get hit by the pavement (very common in NOIDA & DELHI) in the parking areas, but on the other hand the rear vision gets compromised. I wish with all the goodies in ZXi model a rear parking sensor could also have been provided (though on enquiring i was told it is available as an accessory). One tip I would like to suggest is that while reversing always adjust one of your side mirrors to look towards ground so that you know if you need to be cautious
  5. The power is awesome and specially while driving on DND expressway, Delhi you dont even come to know when you have touched 140kmph speed on speedometer.
  6. The wide Tyres (205/60/R16) offer good stability and ABS comes as a boon, while taking turn at greter speeds
  7. ADJUSTABLE STEERING and DRIVERS SEAT comes in handy for tall and average height people. One thing which will be liked by tall drivers is the HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE seat belt (It really takes good care of your creased shirts and ties) 
  8. Few things which come in handy are MAP LIGHT(many a times needed in Delhi), SEAT BELT reminder (much needed for forgetful people like me), DOOR AJAR warnings as sometimes you drive in haste or people sitting back seat do not close it properly, KEY OFF reminder etc
  9. Safety features are unmatched for this price and ZXI version is a real value for money. Considering that I had been driving FIAT Siena, it was very natural for me to look on the safety aspect. I was impressed TO A GREAT EXTENT
    1. I would also like to add here a point, many people do not consider these safety features while buying a car but believe me it is far better to invest in safety features. ZXI will always be better buy as on any bad day these safety features will pay off.
  10. You will always be looked with those (Neighbours Envy, Owner's Pride) attitude while driving the SX4
  11. Let me add one more dimension to it, my wife who is not a car enthusiast, also approved of SX4 and quite liked it.

OK ONES

  1. MILEAGE: I conduted a survey on atleast 15 drivers who had bought SX4 in various time frames in the last one year and they all were in agreement that this car delivers 11-13 KMPL as an average of driving in URBAN,EXTREME URBAN & HIGHWAY/EXPRESSWAYS. I would be satisfied to have this much mileage from a 1200kg car which provides so many safety features. Common we cant ask for more
  2. A drivers arm rest could have been a boon (on enquiring i was told that it is availble as an accessory)

BAD ONES

  1. I wish the integrated music system could have been better with better position of the speakers (definitely not in the doors, atleast the rear ones), which could have definitely been improved.
    1. The music system should be left to the customers to decide as many of you might agree that we have different likings for the music
    2. The voice creeks on putting the music systems on a louder music
  2. Parking sensors could have been provided as option.
  3. The driver side front pillar masks the view while taking right turn. people driving the car said one gets use to of the same after driving for some time.
  4. In built bluetooth receiver in music system could have been incorporated to get rid of bluetooth devices and easy talking while driving (Am I asking too much???)

All in all i am impressed and would certainly request you to take a ride before you plan to buy a car in 8L budget. Do consider maruti's network & service as a boon. No body can understand it better than me who was a proud owner of a FIAT product but let down by servicing and after sales aspect.

Wishing you all a happy and safe driving.

Warm regards, Dr. K. Rajan, NOIDA

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Awanish on 18 Nov, 2009 at 11:28 PM

frends which car would u recommend if i have to choose between linea emotion pk and sx4 zxi AT.Please suggest.

Vs on 23 Sep, 2009 at 10:01 AM

NEW AVEO 2009 GOT VALUE FOR MONEY SEDAN Attractive shape Mileage in city 11/12, on highways around 14/15. Good value for money great discount.On road LS may be around 6L. Robust Comfort driving Maintenance assurance by company Warranty upto 3years/1,00,000 km. Good ground clearance 180 mm suitable for Indian roads. New AVEO added with lot of features, printed antennae, tilt steering,driver seat height adjustable,rear seat arm rest with cup holders etc etc. Floor matte,wheel covers e

Aroyalcruiser on 22 Sep, 2009 at 05:00 PM

I own this car for the past 6 months and i dont have any complaint with the car. its a good car for city as well as highway driving

Deb Bandyopadhyay on 19 Aug, 2009 at 09:14 PM

can someone help me to compare inside space between Mitsubishi lancer, Honda city and Maruti SX4. Deb, Kolkata.

Somen Sen on 28 May, 2009 at 12:39 AM

interested in SX4, can someone tell me some more negative points

Harsh Dubey on 25 May, 2009 at 05:05 PM

can anyone tell me about the quality of plastic used in interiors.. someone told me thai its very cheap ...is it like that and the fuel economy . coz i want to own it but first wanna know these things.......

Joydeep Kalra on 28 Feb, 2009 at 11:42 PM

I think SX4 has Drum in the Rear & not Disc... I have some queries: I have not driven the SX4 much, just had a chance to drive it for about 2-3 kms & my left foot was aching, maybe its the placement of the Clutch or something... I am used to driving a Santro; even If I drive it for 150-200 kms at a stretch, I never feel tired / experience any foot pain. Could someone here who has a SX4, let me know if you have faced something similar, also If SX4 comes with a clutch foot rest or not? Rg

Nipun Bharti on 01 Nov, 2008 at 09:58 AM

Cedia is very low height car like the Accent.difficult to get in,get out esp for tall and old persons.

Kim Thomas on 31 Oct, 2008 at 04:07 PM

Hi Dr Ashim Roy, How do you compare SX4 with Mitshubishi Cedia Select ? Any major differece? Regards, Kim Thomas

Nipun Bharti on 31 Oct, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Congrats doctor for selecting a winner.See the Overdrive of November.SX4 and Honda City 2008 are at par for performance and fuel efficiency.SX4 braking is better due to its ABS,rear discs and wider tyres

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