Sam says it’s a bit noisy
Suzuki says their Celerio is the ‘biggest small car on the market,’ and I agree. On my way to a meeting I was dropping off someone complete with bags and wheelchair in tow. I was worried all the way there about fitting everything in but was pleasantly surprised that it all fitted easily.
What did bother me a bit was that the car was slightly noisy. It is a 3-cylinder car which naturally makes it a bit noiser and the noise insulation was not quite up to the job. Even the gear box was a bit noisy even though I am a gentle driver and not one for smashing my gears.
Other than my noise phobia, the Suzuki Celerio is a fantastic car for those in the economy car market. It provides a solid and confident drive. Once you go over 100km/h, however, it does lose some of its sturdiness. It also has enough power when there is only one person in the car but as soon as there is more, it struggles a bit on inclines.
The Celerio is fitted with Suzuki’s K10B 1-litre, three-cylinder engine, which offers 55 kW at 6 000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at a peak of 3 500 rpm. For those who care about the environment, Suzuki won gold and silver awards in the British Green Apple Environmental Awards for the frugal nature of its engine. The Celerio has a CO2-rating of 110 g/km for manual and 108 g/km for auto– both well below the 120 g/km emission tax bracket.
My time with the Celerio was spent in the worst that Johannesburg traffic has to offer and it handled it spectacularly for an economy car. I appreciated that what the Celerio has to offer is not far off vehicles higher in their range, like the Suzuki Swift. Clearly, for Suzuki, economy is not synonymous with a sacrifice in drive or quality.
As mentioned, I spent some serious time in traffic with the Celerio. Yet, my fuel consumption never went higher than 5.2L/100km. When the car went back, despite doing almost 400km, it still had three quarters of a tank of fuel. The claimed fuel efficiency is 4.7 litres on the manual version. According to Suzuki the Celerio has a real-world driving range of 750 km on its fuel tank of 35 litres, which seems completely believable.
A number of updates have been made to the latest Celerio, in particular the redesigned front bumper with an integrated lower air intake and more aggressive design. The shape of the intake is mimicked by the moulded colour section around it to accentuate the wide blacked-out grille with its large Suzuki emblem. At the back, the new design adds a wide rear garnish strip that aligns with the shoulder line on the vehicle and visually widens the Celerio’s stance on the road.
The interior is basic but has everything you need to make a comfortable car. In particular, I liked a small cubby to the right of the steering wheel. I am not sure if this is what it was meant for but it was the perfect place to keep your phone while driving.
I also found the car very easy to clean. The interior did not get that dirty to start with, even though I had people travel with me, and when I did clean it, it took no time.
I have mentioned before that I am not a fan of the Bluetooth connection in certain Suzuki’s because there is no touchscreen infotainment system. Once you become accustomed to it, however, it should not be a problem for drivers. The important part is that it has Bluetooth.
Ultimately, if I was in the market for a car in this segment and did not have a noise phobia, this car would be a high contender on my list. It offers so many little perks that make spending long hours in a car that much better. What is even better is that the car starts at R138 500, one of the few cars to come in below R150 000.
Good to know
Engine: 1-litre 3-cylinder petrol
Power: 55 kW
Torque: 90 Nm
Claimed fuel efficiency: 4.7L/100 km
Price: from R138 500
Warranties: Five year / 200 000 km mechanical warranty as standard and GL models come with a 2-year/60 000 km service plan as standard.
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