December 14, 2021
The recently upgraded Suzuki Celerio was taken on a test drive. Here is what they found.1
As the tiniest entry into the South African market, this car was slightly changed last year to boost its competitiveness against the Japanese and Korean models. This includes a new front bumper with a more efficient air intake, whilst the design is strongly competitive. The front fog lights merge with the headlights and blend in well with the Celerio’s shoulder line. At the rear, a new design is complete with a wide strip in line with the shoulder line. The GL specification of the Celerio stands out with its colour-coded door handles and side mirrors and some chrome fitted to the front grille.
This is practically designed and spacious to suit tall passengers. The front console and instrument cluster remains unchanged to kerb costs, but the dashboard now boasts a two-tone design. This theme is repeated with the new cloth seats, especially chosen for easy cleaning and durability. GL models have a Bluetooth-enabled audio system with phone connectivity and a USB port. It also has electric windows, side mirrors, central locking, and an adjustable, multi-functional steering wheel.
This car has power steering, air conditioning fitted with a pollen filter, and a 12V power socket as standard.
The Celerio has ABS brakes, two front airbags and seat belts for 5 adults, an immobiliser, as well as childproof rear door locks.
The Celerio has a Suzuki K10B 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine, generating a power output of 55 kW at 6000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. The low budget engine has a multi-point fuel injection system, while the Celerio has a low kerb weight of 835 kg. These all contributed towards Celerio receiving gold and silver awards in the British Green Apple Environmental Awards. Furthermore, because it isn't a heavy car, the Celerio is not underpowered.
The claimed amount stands at 4.7 litres/100 km, but the test drive revealed 6 litres/100 km, which is still acceptable, especially for city driving.
A great joy was the easy parking and the functional interior. The one issue is that the 3-cylinder GL Celerio is only R4000 cheaper than the 4-cylinder Suzuki Swift, which sells for R160 900. In the test drivers’ opinion, the Celerio should lower its price.
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