THE LITTLE CAR THAT COULD
LOTS BUNDLED INTO TINY PACKAGE
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.