Cele­rio city car is a cracker

Halifax Courier - - Classifieds - Julie Mar­shall

When it comes to buy­ing a city car there’s plenty of choice with some re­ally good ve­hi­cles on the mar­ket at the mo­ment.

And so, it’s re­ally im­por­tant for a man­u­fac­turer to keep their eye on the ball and un­der­stand just what their tar­get au­di­ence re­ally needs from a small, ev­ery­day run­about.

Suzuki are the cham­pi­ons of the small car. Friends who own a Swift swear they wouldn’t swap it for any­thing - ex­cept of course for another Suzuki.

The snazzy lit­tle Cele­rio we tested re­cently proved to be just as en­joy­able as I’d hoped.

It looks good, is com­pact but not claus­tro­pho­bic and has a com­fort­able and el­e­vat- ed driv­ing po­si­tion.

And what a turn­ing cir­cle - as they say in these parts, it can turn on a tan­ner. If you need a more sci­en­tific mea­sure­ment, that equates to a turn­ing cir­cle of just 9.4 me­tres.

There’s also plenty of boot room with class-lead­ing lug­gage ca­pac­ity of 254 litres and a re­ally good level of equip­ment - even in the bud­get model.

Suzuki keep it sim­ple with just the two grades SZ3 (£7,999) and SZ4 (£8,999).

As stan­dard are six airbags, air con­di­tion­ing, al­loy wheels, USB and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity.

We had the top of the range SZ4 which adds posher al­loys, chrome grille, fog lamps, rear elec­tric win­dows and body­coloured door mir­rors .

Two en­gines are avail­able, both three-cylin­der. The first, which was avail­able from the launch ear­lier this year of­fers emis­sions of 99g/km and a posted fuel con­sump­tion of 65.7mpg.

The sec­ond, which de­buted in May, gives even higher fuel econ­omy and CO2 emis­sions that fall to just 84g/km - the clean­est car on sale for un­der £10,000.

Although the in­te­rior can not be con­sid­ered plush it is cer­tainly not bud­get and though a lit­tle harsh, the plas­tics on the dash­board and cen­tre con­sole are tac­tile enough not to of­fend.

Un­like the ma­jor­ity of new mod­els launched for the 21st cen­tury, the Cele­rio caters for those of us who do not think less is more. Though there’s plenty of gad­getry to play with, us­ing it is child’s play with enough knobs and but­tons to make the whole ex­pe­ri­ence in­tu­itive rather than ir­ri­tat­ing and a proper hand­brake. There’s noth­ing worse than hav­ing to pull over just to change the heater or stereo con­trols. And, de­spite them be­ing around for a num­ber of years now, I still can’t get to grips with elec­tronic hand­brakes - give me an old-fash­ioned lever ev­ery time.

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