From Towcar Awards 2008

List price: £12,999 (when tested)
Kerbweight: 1265kg
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.

We say

Towing: 2/5
Solo: 3/5
Practicality: 3/5
Buying & owning: 3/5

Verdict: 3/5. Too slow and nervous to make a good towcar.

Braking 30-0mph: 11.80m