The Suzuki Kizashi is one of the most pleasantly surprising cars I’ve driven. I think this car is the change of image that Suzuki needs – it’s the serious and smart Suzuki car, and it pulls off being elegant. It is definitely the most impressive sedan I’ve driven in a long time, and It may just be a game changer for Suzuki as it moves beyond being a small and fun car. The Suzuki Kizashi is a car to be taken seriously. It does lose a little of the “fun” Suzuki attitude, but it keeps that innovative Suzuki feel in its design.
The Kizashi’s steering was positive and direct, with sufficient feedback. The seats were very comfortable, and I enjoyed a longish drive through to Vereeniging and back. The dash possibly lacked some of the sophistication of other sedans, but the overall impression is one of good quality. The fuel consumption was average but I was happy to find it had a proper 6-speed auto box. It drove well through the gears and the general driving impression was solid and well put together, without rattles and squeaks. There is also sufficient leg room in the back for your average adult passengers. It is probably a model or so away from being the finished article but I’m impressed with what Suzuki has achieved with the Suzuki Kizashi.
I would have preferred a manual gearbox, but the acceleration was good, if not exciting. I loved that it had all the niceties like auto headlamps and automatic wipers. It even had park distance control that worked well! It had all the expected bells and whistles and was a lot more “finished” than I expected technology wise. The Kizashi is well priced for its target market, meaning that we could well see a lot more Kizashis on the road soon. Nominated for Car of the Year, I think it deserved this accolade and personally I felt that it deserved to win, as it changes this segment of the market and opens up a new market for Suzuki.
Specs Worth noting:
- Price: R317,900
- Gearbox: 6 speed automatic with manual capabilities
- Acceleration 0-100: 7,8 seconds
- Power Output: 131kw@6500rpm
- Torque: 230nm@400rpm
- Auto Headlamps: Yes
- Wipers: Rain Sensor
- Heated Seats: No
- Park Distance Control: Back and Front
- Air Bag: Driver, Passenger, Front Sides and Curtains.
- Side Impact Protection: Yes
- Brake: ABS, EBD, BAS and ESP
Competitors and pricing:
- Honda Accord 2,0 i-VTEC Elegance AT: R320,400.00
- Hyundai Elantra 1,8 GLS AT: R234,900.00
- Mazda6 2,5 Active Activematic: R314,320.00
- Peugeot 508 2,0 HDi Active: R303,200.00
- Subaru Outback 2,5i Premium: R357,000.00
- Volkswagen Passat 2,0 TDI Comfortline: R322,000.00
- Volvo V50 2,0 Powershift: R306,900.00