Suzuki X-90 Reviews

1996 Suzuki X-90 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Vitara


Reliable, trusty friend


Electric windows are slow and get stuck sometimes; driver's side doesn't really open past an inch.

Boot does not always stay up when open.

Clutch pedal once broke off, but was welded back on and is still going strong 4 years later.

General Comments:

Firstly this is the most reliable car I have ever owned in my life. It's also the longest amount of time I have owned a single car.

It has caused guys to laugh at times and say 'it's very you' or 'what is it?' and girls to coo at it, but it's like my best friend. I have the blue model and still love the colour to this day. I am loathe to replace this car as I've never owned such a reliable car.

In the years I've owned it, I've replaced the tyres, one set of windscreen wipers, one exhaust back box (I live where there are a lot of speed bumps), brake pads and discs, and coil springs. All due to wear and tear; the coil springs being the last thing on an M.O.T. That's not bad in 7 years of ownership!

Thanks to the price of petrol, I get around 50 miles to £10 of fuel these days, that's my only gripe. That and the road tax as it's a 1.6 and cost me around £135 for 6 months.

It's not the fastest car in the world, but I have easily got it to 90mph with a tail wind LOL, and she can hold her own in the fast lane if necessary. It's not as tight to drive as a newer car anymore, but I can't help but love this car. I know exactly what she can and can't do, and it suits me fine.

Amazing sound from speakers in such a small space; drowns out any engine noise at speed no problem. Great visibility and driving position, and so much fun with the roof off in summer. In winter I'm the only one with no problems in the snow thanks to the 4x4 mode. The heater is great too.

I love that everyone knows it's me when they see me out and about, as you don't see many of these cars.

I do toy with the idea of upgrading to a newer car sometimes, but I'm scared to in case it's not as reliable. And the fact I would miss her so much. I think I'd cry if I ever saw her driven away. She's my baby for sure. Best car I've ever had. Not a sports car, not a fast car, not a posh car, not stylish even to some... but it's a car that loves you back :).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2013

1998 Suzuki X-90 4WD 2 door T tops 95 hsp from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 95 hsp Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles


Reliable car for the northwest, snow and sand fun with great MPG!


It didn't come with A/C, and I had the dealer put it on. It blew shortly after purchase. They had charged it to an incorrect level and put the wrong belt on, they later told me.

General Comments:

I consistently got over 30 mpg on this car. It is one of those, love it or hate it. My husband HATED it. The seats are not really made for "big" people (read old and fat like us).

I used it as my daily commuter, living in the country on acreage and driving to the city, the 4 wd often came in handy. Being only 1 1/2 hours from the Pacific ocean, it was great to take the t-tops off and head to the beach where you can drive on the sand and have some fun.

Plenty of room for overnight/weekend luggage for two. My dogs loved the t-tops.

My husband is balding so he would have his t-top on to protect his head from sun-burning, I would have mine off. He would have the A/C on for his asthma. The 6 CD dish changer under the passenger seat was a bit inconvenient, but appreciated on a long trip.

Not something you want to drive across the country in for sure. But what else out there gets great mileage, never lets you down reliability wise... that you can EASILY park in the city.

Nothing I've had since compares (my husband was happy to see it go). We just agree to disagree on this one car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2010

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 16 reviews