Very recently I drove the latest offering from Suzuki SA, the newly released Celerio which launched at the end of January to replace the Alto.
The Celerio is a small car with a small price but a big interior feel. Seating at the back is adequate for 2 adults but if there’s 5 of you, try get one of the front seats. This little 3 cylinder isn’t going to set any speed records and driving on the highway you’re unlikely to get too many speeding tickets either but in the suburbs the engine hums along perfectly delivering fair acceleration for very little fuel costs. The manufacturer claims class leading economy of 4.6 litres per 100km!
The Celerio comes standard with aircon, steel wheels, high level brake light and power steering. ABS and dual SRS airbags are also standard across the range. If you’re looking at the Celerio you really want to go for the GL 5MT for the higher standard spec and 2 year service plan which the GA 5MT does not come with.
The GL 5MT and GL AMT are fitted with readio/CD players, Bluetooth, central locking, electric windows, fog lamps as well as having the added bonus of keyless entry and a smart multi-function steering wheel.
The 50kW engine delivers 90Nm of torque at 3500RPM across the range from the GA 5MT to the GL AMT while revving up to 6000RPM to give that little bit extra when needed. The car is light at 835kg and predictably well behaved on good suburban roads but the steering is a little light at highway speeds. Parking is a pleasure with the Celerio as all round visibility is good and the car comfortably takes advantage of the smallest parking bays.
The boot is surprisingly large for such a small car, something Suzuki seems to be getting right on most of it’s models, with the possible exception of the Swift. The rear seats can be folded down to make an impressive 726 litres of load space.
Styling of the Celerio may not be to everyone’s taste but the GL comes with enough standard equipment to warrant a look, not to mention the list price if the budget is tight.
The Suzuki Celerio is covered by a three-year/100 000 km warranty, while a two-year/30 000 km service plan is included in the GL’s retail price. Services intervals are at 15 000 km.
At time of writing:
GA 5MT R 109 900
GL 5MT R 124 900
GL AMT R 135 900
Is it the right car for you? Book a test drive with your local dealer at www.suzukiauto.co.za now