Suzuki Celerio a

city car with big

ideas

Suzuki Celerio, front
Suzuki Celerio, front
Suzuki Celerio, front
Suzuki Celerio, front
Suzuki Celerio, rear
Suzuki Celerio, rear
Suzuki Celerio, boot
Suzuki Celerio, fascia

IT'S rare to find a city car that will accommodate four adults in reasonable comfort and still carry a decent amount of luggage.

But one of the latest - the Suzuki Celerio - is a Tardis, and manages to get four in without a problem, whilst still boasting the biggest boot in the class.

That's not to say that it's huge, but most people would find it much more practical than others.

The Celerio is quite a package, with superb real driving economy of 58 miles per gallon and lower prices than almost any other city car.

It is very well equipped as standard and brings good comfort over all surfaces, plus safe handling, decent road holding and balance and strong grip.

All have five doors - much more practical - and there is just enough room for one six footer to sit behind another.

I drove the latest engine in the range, the 1.0-litre Dualjet. It has the same performance as the standard engine, but with improved economy and very low emissions.

The three cylinder power unit is smooth and willing, but with just 67bhp on tap, it's never going to light up the Tarmac.

The five-speed gearbox has a slick easy change, the clutch is as light as a feather and there's room for my size ten down beside it.

The brakes are excellent and proved themselves when I was confronted by a boy racer in a country lane.

There is a fair amount of noise, both wind and road on some surfaces, but then this is a very reasonable car and soundproofing is not a priority.

As I said, equipment in the SZ3 I drove is excellent, including aircon, alloys, column height adjustment, internal headlamp beam adjustment, stop/start, a DAB stereo, remote locking and electric front windows.

FAST FACTS

Price:£8,910

Mechanical:68bhp, 998cc, 3cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed:96mph

0-62mph:13 seconds

Combined MPG:78

Insurance Group:7

C02 emissions:84g/km

Bik rating: 13%

Warranty:3yrs/ 60,000 miles

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