Kizashi rallies fans
Suzuki’s first mid-sizer has longevity, writes Mark Hinchliffe
SOME time in the future, the Suzuki Kizashi will become the Datsun 1600. Go to a rally meeting and see how many Datsun 1600s are still running around. They have a great little chassis, excellent handling and bullet-proof mechanicals.
The same could be said for the new Kizashi, the first mid-sized car from the Japanese manufacturer and possibly the future favourite of amateur rally drivers.
Now Suzuki has given the Kizashi a sportier look and added all-wheel drive, but still kept the price under $40,000.
THE Kizashi Sport AWD costs $39,990, which is $3000 more than the top-selling XLS with continuously variable transmission.
That puts it in competition with the slightly larger Subaru Liberty, which starts at $35,490, but equivalent equipment level models are more than $40,000. You get more than AWD for the extra $3000.