Suzuki Ciaz 1.4 GL
Advertised as the “traffic-stopper”, the Ciaz is an attractive smaller sedan offering good value and comfort packaged in a newly styled release.
Road presence is often something only large, or very expensive cars can achieve but the Ciaz manages to get presence thanks to the all chrome grill and large swept back headlamps. My first thought was this is a smaller version of the Kizashi, reviewed on April 17, 2012 by Dirk Vale.
A roomy interior which should comfortably seat 4 to 5 average sized persons is complimented by a large boot of 495 liters to carry their luggage. The power is provided by the newly developed K14B VVT 4 cylinder 16 valve engine with a displacement of 1393cc. You’re unlikely to win any races but with the cost of fuel the claimed consumption of 5.4l/100km (at sea level) is far more interesting to most motorists. I was not able to get under 5.6 but who’s counting?
All small engine cars need revs to get moving and the Ciaz is no different. She revs willingly though and the gear box is smooth enough but wind and road noise pick up along with the tempo. All round visibility is great and the steering is responsive but unlike some of the pricier sedans it does not get stiffer as speeds increase.
My gripe with the drive is about the seat position as it is not adjustable vertically on the GL that was supplied. The GLX apparently has this feature as standard, you’ll want this if you’re shorter or taller than average!
In car entertainment is excellent and includes MP3/MMA compatible CD player with a 6 speaker system. Bluetooth connectivity for your mobile device is also standard with handy controls on the steering wheel. A nice touch is the lower center console box with a smart lid and interior light that hides Aux/USB plugs and 12V plug but still has enough space for wallet, cellphone and a set of keys.
Starting at R 179 000 the Ciaz offers good all-round motoring at affordable prices. The 3 year / 60 000km service plan should save you a few extra Rands on top of the excellent fuel economy of just 5.4 litres/100km (claimed).
The 70kW engine won’t win any races but it will comfortably get you to your destination and copes admirably with general big city driving conditions. Standard luxury items include Air conditioning, central locking, bluetooth, electric windows and USB port for your collection of tunes! Dual-airbags, keyless entry and ABS brakes add to the comfort of daily driving and ensure your safe arrival at your destination in this 5 seater sedan.
The service interval is set at 15 000km and the vehicle warranty is to 100 000km.