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Suzuki Celerio review

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

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Driving

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Suzuki Celerio hatchback performance

The only engine available is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol with 67bhp. That might sound a bit feeble, but it’s enough in a car as small and light as the Celerio. Clearly, the acceleration on offer is never going to get your heart racing, but the car doesn’t feel too out of its depth on faster A-roads and motorways. As you’d expect, though, its performance is better suited to town driving.

The Dualjet version is more economical but offers no extra performance, while models fitted with the AGS automatic gearbox are slightly slower, so are best avoided unless you really need a two-pedal car.

Suzuki Celerio hatchback ride

The Celerio has relatively firm suspension by city car standards, so you do feel more bumps around town than you would in a Kia Picanto or Skoda Citigo. However, effective shock absorbing means the ride is reasonably composed; obstacles are dealt with in one hit rather than causing the car to fidget around nervously.

In fact, the Celerio is even fairly settled at high speeds, although a Picanto is even more so.

Suzuki Celerio hatchback handling

Although the Celerio doesn’t handle as well as a Picanto or Volkswagen Up, it impresses when compared with nearly every other car in the class. Its comparatively firm suspension prevents the Celerio’s body from swaying about too much through tight twists and turns, and there’s even a decent amount of grip.

We only wish the steering were better. It’s precise enough, but doesn’t self-centre naturally at low speeds, forcing you to unwind lock manually when the road starts to straighten up. The steering also doesn’t offer much feedback at faster speeds, although there’s enough weight to it to make the car feel relatively stable when going in a straight line on the motorway.

Suzuki Celerio

Suzuki Celerio hatchback refinement

It would be unreasonable to expect a sub-£10k city car to be the last word in refinement, so you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the Celerio’s three-cylinder petrol engine is a bit vocal. Some rivals do a better job of keeping engine noise out of the cabin, but at least you don’t feel too many vibrations through the steering wheel or pedals when you accelerate.

There’s plenty of wind and road noise at a 70mph cruise. Several rivals, including the Picanto, are quieter choices if you regularly travel on the motorway.

The Celerio’s five-speed manual gearbox is excellent, with a light and precise shift action. However, the optional four-speed automatic gearbox causes the engine to rev harder before it changes gear, generating unwanted noise. The gearchanges aren’t particularly smooth, either.

 

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