Sunday 25 February 2018

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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.

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