Suzuki Celerio -

Used Car Review

Suzuki Celerio, front
Suzuki Celerio, side
Suzuki Celerio, rear, static
Suzuki Celerio, interior
Suzuki Celerio, boot
Suzuki Celerio, 1.0-litre engine

NO other city car range can match the Suzuki Celerio Dualjet for excellent economy or low emissions.

This amazing little five door model - most city cars only have three - is capable of a superb 78 miles per gallon officially from its sweet 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol engine.

And alongside that, it also give a super low 84 grammes per kilometre of emissions, meaning that there is no annual road tax to pay. Very pleasing.

Even the standard model manages 65.7mpg and 99g/km emissions so it too is a master of economy.

The five door body has seatbelts for five people but there is really only room for four. Still, that's better than the majority of city cars, which only have room for two or three - despite having four seatbelts.

There is enough legroom in this little Tardis for one six footer to sit comfortably behind another and that's a true rarity in the class.

And again, others offer a boot that will take two shopping bags, while the Celerio manages the largest in the class.

The 1.0-litre engine is never going to sett the road alight but with 67bhp, it gives better performance that most others.

Zero to 60 miles an hour takes 13.1 seconds but because of light weight it feels responsive and is well able to keep up with the general flow of traffic.

It's smooth and reasonably quiet unless pressed, but becomes a little raucous towards the top end because at this level, soundproofing is not a major concern.

The only thing that spoils its low running costs is Group 7 insurance which is higher than some others.

The manual five speed is very slick and easy to use, but there is also an automated manual with a fully automatic option that can be driven by those who have an auto-only license, and its just as economical.

The roadholding is good enough to be engaging and there is reasonable feel from the steering, helping towards well-balanced handling.

Where it scores highly over many city cars is the very good quality of ride. It takes potholed and much repaired town and city roads in its stride at low speeds, and can even smooth out a rough country road taken much faster.

The last model sold in the UK between 2015 and 2019 comes well equipped straight out of the showroom.

There are two trim levels, copying other cars in the company's range - SZ3 and SZ4.

All have air con, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels, six airbags, traction control, central locking, height adjustable drivers seat and rake adjustment for the steering wheel.

SZ4 adds electric mirrors, front foglamps, alloy wheels and remote control for the central locking.

Pay about £6,450 for an 18 18-reg SZ3 Dualjet, or £7,350 for a 19 19-reg SZ4 auto.

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