What's the used Suzuki Celerio hatchback like?
Although by nature modest in proportion, a city car has to fulfill most of the functions of a regular normal-sized one. It must be efficient, reasonably spacious, comfortable and up to the challenge of motorways. It must be safe, too, and refined enough not to tire its occupants and offer a good amount of equipment.
The Suzuki Celerio is one such that seems to have all of those angles covered. It springs from a firm enjoying new-found ambition and imagination, and underneath its slightly uninspiring but larger-than-class-standard body it has some solid technology and room for five.
There is only one engine option: Suzuki’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which comes with an additional 'dualjet' tune for extra economy, driving through a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed auto 'box. Its performance certainly isn’t quick, but it is quiet and smooth. It’s also thrifty at the fuel pumps, and its sub-100g/km of CO2 emissions means cheap tax.
On the equipment front, there are three trims to choose from - SZ2, SZ3 and SZ4. The entry-level trim comes with 14in steel wheels, a CD player, a DAB radio, central locking and a tyre pressure monitoring system as standard, while upgrading to SZ3 adds 14in alloy wheels, air conditioning, remote central locking, Bluetooth and USB connectivity to the Celerio package. The range-topping SZ4 models come with all-round electric windows, front foglights, electrically adjustable wing mirrors and rear seat pockets.
Out on the road, it's surprisingly suave. It rides pretty well, too, for something so short, with a degree of firmness but also a suppleness that does its best to keep its occupants comfortable, while its handling, helped by its low weight and natural agility, is composed and secure.
Inside, the driving position is good, and the Celerio is surprisingly spacious both front and rear, with a bigger boot than most of its similar-sized rivals. Its infotainment system is rather flaky, but it’s easy to connect a phone via Bluetooth, and, even if some of the plastics look a little cheap, everything seems well put together.
So the Celerio, one of the cheapest new cars on the market, has plenty going for it, and as a used proposition it's even more enticing.
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