The only engine 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 Suzuki 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 ride comfort
The Celerio has relatively firm suspension by city car standards, so you do feel more of bumps around town than you would in a Hyundai i10 or Skoda Citigo. Effective shock absorbing means the ride is reasonably composed, however; obstacles are dealt with in one hit rather than causing the car to fidget around nervously.
The Suzuki is even fairly settled at high speeds, although a Skoda Citigo is even more so.
Suzuki Celerio handling
Although the Celerio doesn’t handle as well as a Skoda Citigo or VW Up, it impresses when compared with nearly every other car in the class. Comparatively firm suspension prevents the Suzuki’s body swaying about too much through tight twists and turns, and there’s even a decent amount of grip.
We only wish the steering was better. It’s precise enough, but doesn’t self-centre naturally at low speeds, which forces 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 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, so several rivals, including the Hyundai i10, 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, generated unwanted noise. The changes themselves aren’t particularly smooth, either.
This 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol is the Celerio’s only engine. Its 67bhp might not sound like much, but it’s fine in a car as small as this. Performance is perfectly acceptable in town, and getting up to the national speed limit on motorways is rarely frustrating. A five-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, while a four-speed auto is available as an option.
This version of the Celerio uses exactly the same 1.0-litre petrol engine as the regular model, but employs stop-start technology and other efficiency-boosting measures to cut CO2 emissions to below 85g/km. However, the premium for these lower emissions is steep, so we think most buyers are better off with the regular 1.0 model. The Dualjet comes with a five-speed manual gearbox; the automatic ’box is not available.