Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway - Bill Buys with Blue­tooth phone and au­dio stream­ing, six airbags (yes), cup hold­ers and var­i­ous stor­age bins. It’s 100mm longer than an Alto, 70mm higher and has a wheel­base al­most lineball to that of a Swift. It’s pow­ered by a 50kW/90Nm 998cc three-cyli

CITY cars make a lot of sense to com­muters; they’re eco­nom­i­cal, easy to park, usu­ally good all­rounders and they gen­er­ally don’t cost a for­tune.

New­est among them is the Suzuki Cele­rio, which su­per­sedes the ear­lier, slightly smaller Alto.

Why it was chris­tened Cele­rio is un­clear. The word ap­par­ently means ‘heav­enly river’ but the car is a tar­mac job­bie, not an am­phib­ian.

Avail­able as a man­ual at $12,990 drive-away, or a CVT auto for just a grand more, it’s about as in­ex­pen­sive as a new car can be.

It’s quite a cu­tie in a slightly chunky sort of way, and a lot more spa­cious and com­fort­able than one would ex­pect, and lays claim to hav­ing the big­gest boot (254 litres) among the cur­rent crop of mi­cro-cars.

There’s enough leg and head­room for adults front and rear, and stan­dard items in­clude a heigh­tad­justable driver’s seat, four­s­peaker au­dio, a me­dia sys­tem

It runs on 14-inch wheels, has a disc/drum brake set-up and a set of halo­gen head­lights that give de­cent spread and reach.

It’s not the quick­est thing on the road, with 100km/h com­ing up in about 14 sec­onds, but it runs hap­pily at 100km/h on the free­way and while it’s re­ally meant for ur­ban use, I’d have no prob­lems driv­ing one to the east coast. It’s a very friendly beastie. A big glass area makes visibility A1 all round and it has a tight turn­ing cir­cle for easy park­ing.

Top of the pops in out­right value for money.

Suzuki's Cele­rio ups the ante in the mi­cro mar­ket.


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