Published 13/11/2011 | 06:00
WHAT: Suzuki SX4 2-litre diesel five-door 'crossover' hatchback (1,956cc, 135bhp, top speed 180kmh, 0-100kmh in 11.2 secs), six-speed gearbox, 2/4-wheel-drive, 5.3l/100km (front-wheel-drive mode), CO2 of 139g/km; VRT is 16pc. €156 annual road tax.
COST: €20,950. Delivery, related charges extra.
TARGET MARKET: Families, couples, those living in snow/frost risk remote areas.
PLUS: Adaptability, versatility of technology in real-life conditions, equipment, price.
MINUS: Not such a great drive, heavy steering at parking speed.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Six airbags, cruise control, automatic air conditioning, electric windows, MP3/WMA compatible CD tuner with eight speakers, front fog lights, steering wheel mounted audio controls, 16-inch alloys, heated door mirrors, rear privacy glass.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER: Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Yeti, Ford Kuga, small-family hatches with conventional two-wheel-drive and winter tyres.