Kiza­shi ral­lies fans

Suzuki’s first mid-sizer has longevity, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

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.

Value

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.

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