Suzuki Cele­rio gives a lot for less

Southern Telegraph - - Wheels - Ewan Kennedy

Suzuki has been one of the kings of the small car field glob­ally for many years and its ma­chines just keep get­ting bet­ter.

The Ja­panese gi­ant does pretty well in mo­tor­bikes as well, some­thing that can’t be said for many other car mak­ers.

Suzuki’s all-new Cele­rio re­placed the Alto early in 2015 and has been do­ing pretty well for it­self in the sales race.

Cele­rio is big­ger, smoother and qui­eter than the Alto and does an ex­cel­lent job of pro­vid­ing trans­port for four adults at a most mod­est price, a tag that be­gins at a mere $12,990 for a man­ual and $13,990 with an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, both drive-away prices. boot space. With every­thing down, and the Cele­rio loaded to the roof, there’s just over 1000 litres or one cu­bic me­tre on of­fer.

Ob­vi­ously an en­gine pro­duc­ing just 50kW means Suzuki Cele­rio is a long way from be­ing a sport­ing hatch, but it’s enough to push along a car weigh­ing a mere 830kg (add 30kg for the auto) briskly enough to keep up with the traf­fic.

Hills and heavy loads re­quire you to keep work­ing at the fivespeed man­ual gear­box.

The man­ual is easy to use, and keen driv­ers will en­joy buzzing the lit­tle three-cylin­der unit well into the rev range to get the best from it.

Six speeds would have been nice but keep in mind the Cele­rio’s ul­tra-low price. We an­tic­i­pate a sixspeeder down the track.

The au­to­matic is a CVT with all that means in the way of added ef­fi­ciency be­cause it can keep the en­gine at op­ti­mum revs all the time.

Ride com­fort is gen­er­ally good, though big bumps and dips can catch Cele­rio out at times.

Sen­si­ble 165/14-inch steel wheels as­sist in this ride com­fort. The body has a tight feel­ing that’s al­most Euro­pean, some­thing that’s not easy to do in a light ve­hi­cle of this size.

Han­dling is com­pe­tent, but again this is no sports ma­chine.

It’s un­likely the typ­i­cal owner will get any­where near the lit­tle Suzuki’s lim­its.

If they do, so­phis­ti­cated elec­tronic aids will do their best to get it back onto a safe line again.

Pic­ture: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

Cube style with rounded off cor­ners gives Suzuki Cele­rio a cheeky look.

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