Suzuki Kizashi -

Used Car Review

Suzuki Kizashi, drive
Suzuki Kizashi, side
Suzuki Kizashi, front
Suzuki Kizashi, interior
Suzuki Kizashi, boot
Suzuki Kizashi, rear

THE Suzuki Kizashi was only imported into this country for about two years in 2012 and 2013, but selectable four wheel drive makes it very unusual.

It's very much an out of the ordinary choice in the same upper medium saloon class as the Vauxhall Insignia or the Ford Mondeo, because a single petrol engine choice limited its appeal.

That said, for anyone who needs to keep mobile in the worst of winter and be more comfortable than most 4x4s the rest of the time, it could be ideal reasonable transport.

The single engine available is a 175bhp 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol driving through a standard continuously variable (CVT) automatic gearbox.

It does have a manual setting, with paddles behind the steering wheel to make stepped changes, but it actually works better in fully automatic mode.

This is not really a car for the enthusiastic driver - few are when fitted with a CVT gearbox - but the performance is more than adequate with that amount of power under the bonnet.

It sometimes seems to take its time getting up to speed but acceleration is actually good, with the 0 to 62 miles an hour sprint taking 8.7 seconds.

The handling is not really up to the mark because the steering is light and lacking in feel through the corners.

But the road holding is reasonably good, with little roll even when pressed hard, thanks to fairly stiff suspension.

Switching to four-wheel-drive (4WD) improves the amount of grip both in corners and in a straight line away from a mark.

Where this one really scores is in the quality of the ride and the level of refinement at speed.

It soaks up undulations and poor surfaces in its stride leaving the driver and passengers completely unruffled.

And at motorway speeds, road, tyre and wind noise are very well subdued.

The seats are comfortable and supportive with good back and side support, there is good space for two adults in the back and the big boot would take all their goods and chattels if they packed reasonably light.

The Kizashi looks the part from every angle, with sleek lines that make it stand out in the car park.

And a high level of standard equipment includes seven airbags, stability control, electric driver's seat adjustment with memory, remote locking, electric windows, alloy wheels, a good stereo and plenty of cabin area storage.

Pay around £4,900 for a '12 12-reg Sport, or £6,300 for the same model on a ‘14 14 plate.

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