The only engine option is a 176bhp 2.4-litre petrol that’s linked to a CVT automatic gearbox. Unfortunately, the engine is short on low-down torque, so the gearbox has to send the revs sky-rocketing whenever you come to an incline or ask for a burst of acceleration. Even then, the Kizashi doesn’t feel especially quick.
Suzuki Kizashi Saloon ride & handling
The Kizashi grips strongly in corners and resists body roll well. Unfortunately, you pay for this composure with a ride that thumps over urban potholes and generally feels unsettled at all speeds. To make matters worse, your confidence in the car’s agility is undermined by inconsistently weighted steering.
Suzuki Kizashi Saloon refinement
The fact that you have to rev the engine so hard to climb inclines or overtake inevitably hurts refinement. You also have to put up with considerable wind noise at motorway speeds and some road noise over coarse surfaces.