The Celerio is one of the cheapest new cars on sale today, undercutting rivals such as the Hyundai i10 and Skoda Citigo. Discounts are relatively small, but you should be able to get a few hundred pounds off the price if you haggle hard with your Suzuki dealer.
As you’d expect, running costs are also suitably tiny. All versions emit less than 100g/km of CO2, so qualify for free road tax and cheap benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bills. The Dualjet version is particularly efficient, pumping out less than 85g/km, but it isn’t really worth the extra outlay.
The non-Dualjet 1.0-litre manual Celerio managed an impressive 57.8mpg when figured by our True MPG real-world fuel economy testers – a better result than rivals such as the Skoda Citigo and Vauxhall Viva.
However, the Celerio is in a relatively high insurance group for a car of this size and power, so isn’t ideal for young and newly qualified drivers. You can also expect to lose more money in depreciation than with rivals such as the Skoda Citigo, which is worth thinking about if you switch cars every few years.
Suzuki Celerio equipment
Given how well equipped the SZ3 model is, there seems little point spending any more money. Alloy wheels, air-con, Bluetooth, electric front windows and even a DAB radio all come as standard, so the only things you gain by upgrading to range-topping SZ4 trim are body coloured, electrically adjustable door mirrors, front foglights, electric rear windows and a couple of extra speakers. These things are far from essential in a budget-focused city car.
The entry-level SZ2 version is definitely worth considering if you’re on a shoestring; it forgoes air-con, alloys, remote central locking and LED daytime running lights, but is usefully cheaper to buy than SZ3 models.
Suzuki Celerio reliability
Suzuki doesn’t sell enough cars to feature in our annual ownership satisfaction studies, but it was awarded excellent marks in the latest What Car? reliability survey. It’s important to note that the Celerio didn’t specifically feature in this survey, although the signs are certainly encouraging.
As with the majority of rivals, the Celerio comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty.
Suzuki Celerio safety & security
Stability control and a tyre pressure-monitoring system come as standard on all versions of the Celerio. Unlike rivals such as the Skoda Citigo, however, there’s no option to add automatic emergency braking.
Six airbags are in place to protect you if an accident is unavoidable, but the Celerio still scored a disappointing three out of five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2014, with just 61% awarded for adult occupant safety. Child safety was a more credible 74%, but the rival Skoda Citigo still managed a better (80%) score. The Celerio was found to be better than its key rival at protecting pedestrians, though.
Security kit includes an engine immobiliser and locking wheel nuts. An alarm isn't available, even as an option.
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The notable omission on this entry-level trim is air-conditioning, plus you get only two seatbelts in the back (rather than three). You do get central locking, electric front windows, a digital radio and 60/40 split-folding rear seats, but you’ll need to upgrade to SZ3 trim to get a USB socket and Bluetooth. Definitely worth a look.
Our pick SZ3
Our favourite trim level gets alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, a USB socket and remote central locking over SZ2 trim. That’s everything most buyers will want, so there’s really no point in spending any more money.
The only things you gain by upgrading to range-topping SZ4 trim are electrically adjustable door mirrors, electric rear windows, front foglights and a couple of extra speakers. These aren’t essential in a budget-focused city car such as the Celerio, so we’d stick with cheaper SZ3 trim.