Cost & verdict

Suzuki Celerio review

Suzuki Celerio
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3 Jan 2017 00:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:06

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Suzuki Celerio hatchback running costs

The Celerio is one of the cheapest new cars on sale today, undercutting rivals such as the Kia Picanto and Volkswagen Up. 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 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 tried out 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 Citigo – this is worth thinking about if you switch cars every few years.

Suzuki Celerio hatchback equipment

All editions come with a DAB radio and a CD player, but it’s disappointing that you need to step up to SZ3 trim to get a USB port and Bluetooth. With SZ3, you also get alloys and air-con, while range-topping SZ4 gets rear electric windows and body-coloured electrically adjustable door mirrors, front foglights and the option of the automatic gearbox, but a colour touchscreen isn’t available on any trim, and neither is sat-nav.

The quality of the sound system is pretty tinny, even in the SZ4 model, which has four speakers. It’s even less impressive in the two-speaker SZ2 and SZ3.

That said, cars in this class aren’t typically well equipped, especially in entry-level trims, so the Celerio is still impressive in this regard considering its cheap price.

SZ3 is the clear pick of the range; SZ2 is poorly equipped but if you’re on a shoe-string budget, it’s still worth considering. SZ4 doesn’t offer enough extra to justify the price hike in our opinion.

Suzuki Celerio hatchback reliability

Suzuki was awarded excellent marks in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing an impressive fourth place out of 32 manufacturers. The Celerio as a model didn’t feature in the study, but the signs are certainly encouraging.

As with the majority of rivals, the Celerio comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty.

Suzuki Celerio

Suzuki Celerio hatchback safety and security

Stability control and a tyre pressure-monitoring system come as standard on all versions of the Celerio. Unlike rivals such as the 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 Citigo 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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Verdict

The Suzuki Celerio is frugal and surprisingly spacious. Its interior feels low-rent, but it is cheap to buy

  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Spacious by class standards
  • Suzuki has impressive reliability record
  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Limited infotainment options
  • Heavy depreciation