New Suzuki Celerio Review

New Suzuki Celerio Review

Ok, let's be honest, the Suzuki Celerio isn'tlikely to be everyone's cup of tea.

But one thing's for certain: Suzuki knows more aboutsmall cars than almost any other manufacturer.

What I wasn't expecting when our test cararrived, was quite how good it was going to be.

And this, remember, is a car you can buyfor less than 7 grand.

Sure, so it might not be the most appealing piece of design on theroads today, but its distinctly boxy proportions and wheel-at-each corner stance gives it twoclear wins: firstly, it's easy to squirt your way through gaps in traffic, and secondly,its interior feels far more spacious than you might imagine.

And remember, unusuallyfor a car of this size, the little Suzuki gets five doors, making it even more practical.

Hat-wearers will be pleased with the gallons of headroom, and even for my 6ft4 frame, there'smore space on offer than you could reasonably expect, our only observations being that thesides of the centre console and the placement of the electric window switches compete withmy knees for space.

Despite that, everything is well laid out, with typically clear instrumentsas we're used to from Suzuki.

Oh, and that 60mpg figure that's currently showing on thetrip computer: that's genuine, and very easy to achieve.

But more on that later.

All butthe base model get a stereo with DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, completewith steering wheel-mounted controls for your phone, a USB socket next to the convenientcubby hole, plus air conditioning, all as standard.

To spec a VW Up or Hyundai i10 tothe same level will need an extra £3,000 or so.

Space in the back is pretty good – there'stons of headroom, foot-room is good, but it is perhaps a little optimistic to includethree full seat-belts.

Boot space is a decent 254 litres, rising to 726 litres, althoughin common with most other cars in its class, folding the rear seats does leave them ina rather inconsiderate lump that limits the loads you can carry.

Powering all of thisis a 1.

0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with a modest 67hp.

That doesn't sound likemuch, but it's amazing how far 67hp will get you.

As standard, it's mated to a five-speedmanual gearbox, although an automated version, dubbed AGS, is also available.

Suzuki continueto be masters of the light and easy-going gear-shift action, and that makes it a pleasureto rifle your way through the 'box and wind the little Suzuki up to speed.

Its on-paperfigures aren't likely to set the world on fire – you're talking about 0-62mph in 13.

5seconds – but numbers rarely tell the whole story.

You see, being short of a cylinderisn't necessarily a hindrance, particularly if you're Suzuki, and its little three-cylinderengine has a characterful off-beat thrum that's actually quite endearing.

It's got a decentamount of torque, too, and will happily lollop along in fifth gear at 30mph if that's whatyou want, but we would say that – in common with a few other Suzukis – the throttle responseis a touch too keen just off idle, sometimes making it tricky to pull away smoothly.

Onthe move, the little Suzuki rides well.

Of course, only having 14-inch wheels means itcan crash into pot-holes, but that aside, body control is taught, understeer is keptin check, and it's not too much of a stretch to say that you can have fun while at thewheel.

What's particularly surprising is that you can do all of this while using hardlyany fuel.

The trip computer in our early test car didn't show figures beyond 60 mpg, althoughthis is an issue that's since been resolved with a software update, but we had littletrouble reaching and then maintaining an average just beyond this, and with a little extraeffort, you should have no trouble in reaching the official government figure of 65.

7 mpg.

If that's not enough for you, there's also a new Dualjet version of this engine thatachieved an incredible 78.

4 mpg on the official tests, all while emitting just 84 g/km ofCO2, even less than the 99 g/km of our test car.

And remember, this is a car you can buyfor just £6,999, with the more usefully-specced SZ3 model costing only a thousand pounds more.

Even our top-of-the-range SZ4 test car costs just £9,414 once you add metallic paint.

So, while the little Celerio might sound like it's been named after a wet salad, there'scertainly nothing limp about the way it drives.

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