Sprint Review: 2023 Suzuki Fronx 1.5 GLX

In the middle of a crossover and SUV feeding frenzy, one plucky Japanese brand (with Indian spices) has been breaking sales records. And now they’ve got a stylish new model…

You should know: We have absolutely no idea what the word “Fronx” means. Nothing, presumably, and something that cannot be mistaken for anything else. The Fronx is yet another compact vehicle from Suzuki which borrows heavily from the company’s collective parts bin; in this case, to make a svelte crossover.

More info: It’s roughly the size of a Vitara Brezza (or the new-ish Vitara), uses the same rev-happy 1.5L naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder you’d find in most of their adventurous products, offers auto or manual gearboxes, two sensible spec levels at fair prices, sufficient room for four adults, front-wheel traction only but decent ground clearance of 170mm.

Why you shouldn’t: The meanest thing I overheard was that this sloping-back Suzi was “an Evoque that you ordered off wish.com!” Hand on heart, I find it no worse than any of its peers, plus the reduced visibility and packing space of this quasi-coupé are no obstacle for budget buyers who want something sexy but sensible.

What else? Some coastal buyers in ZA are picking fights with Suzuki about rust, but I know of no such troubles near the Namib. And just to play Captain Obvious here: the build quality and materials are not on Evoque levels, neither are its towing or performance levels… especially with a heavy load and/or up country.

Why you should: Because the modern looks and impressive waiting lists (yes, you read that correctly) conceal a simple but easy-to-use Japanese runabout with good safety and convenience features, the right attitude for a bit of adventure, cheap to run and fairly affordable to buy. The range starts at R288,900. 

I should also mention that the Fronx is quite roomy (305 to 1000L of luggage), frugal on juice (5.5L/100km average from the 37L tank) and provides most phone/media connections a modern driver desires. On top of that, you get a choice of various cool colours and each new Fronx is sold with a 5-year/200,000km warranty and 4-year/60,000km service plan!


Engine:1,462cc in-line 4-cylinder petrol
Transmission:5-speed Manual, FWD
Max. Power:77kW @ 6,000rpm
Max. Torque:138Nm @ 4,400rpm
Avg. cons.:5.5L/100km
0-100km/h:9.92s (no claim)
Top Speed:175km/h (claimed)
List Price:R324,900

1 thought on “Sprint Review: 2023 Suzuki Fronx 1.5 GLX”

  1. Suzuki have hit the nail on the head with their new Fronx! it ticks all the boxes and is an amazing vehicle to drive and own!!


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