From Towcar Awards 2008
List price: £12,999 (when tested)
85% Match: 1075kg
Max towing weight: 1200kg
Towball limit: 50kg
THE SUZUKI is the smallest car here, but it has one thing none of the other cars in this class has: four-wheel drive. This helped the car put its power to the road when the heavens opened – but there wasn’t that much power to apply.
On the hill-start test the handbrake struggled to hold the outfit. In 2WD the Suzuki climbed the hill but with some wheelspin.
In 4WD the car was much happier, but the 107lb/ft of torque from the 1.6-litre petrol engine was only just up to the job. The stopwatch showed a 30-60mph time of 30.6 seconds, but it was a real struggle to haul the outfit up to 60mph in a headwind.
The ATC unit recorded a peak of 0.8G through the lane-change test. and the back of the car was shoved by the caravan. Solo the SX4 is good fun to drive. As a towcar, though, it falls short.
Buying & owning: 3/5
Verdict: 3/5. Too slow and nervous to make a good towcar.
Braking 30-0mph: 11.80m
|85% KW||1075 kg|
|Towball Limit||50 kg|
|Maximum Towing Limit||1200 kg|