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