There Could Not be a Better Time for Suzuki’s Super Frugal Celerio

They say that timing is everything in life. Most who make it big will tell you that it was all down to being in the right place in at the right time, somewhere along the line. Top sportsmen need to be able to time whatever they do to perfection, That volley, tha pass, or that lap. Suzuki’s Celerio may not look it at fist glance, but this little car sitting in its leafy environment in the pictures, may just be the right car at he right time.

Celerio is Brand new From the Ground Up

Allow us to explain. Brand-new from the ground up, the value for money Celerio rides on Suzuki’s latest, rigid Heartect platform. It is powered by an all-new new Dual Jet engine and gains a cheeky new cabin, too. Set apart by a more rounded and more deeply sculpted look, its fresh oval grille links into the headlamps above a lower moulded bumper, complete with fog lamps on this GL. Which also gets a set of neat darkened 15” alloys, body-colour doorknobs and wing mirrors.

Step inside and settle into the comfy integrated new front seats. They’ve been sit slightly taller in the car for a more commanding driving position and better visibility out, too. They and the likewise integrated rear pews optimise space. Celrio’s power steering wheel has audio controls and sits ahead of a digital tachometer and large analogue speedo. Its new silver detailed dash adds a sense of space and light.

A CarPlay, Auto and USB-packed 7” touchscreen infotainment sits in pride of place. It offers trip info and a reversing aid and sits conveniently above central power window, lock and air-con controls. All passengers get grab handles, central and door cup holders and a 12V accessory socket. A reshaped 60:40 expandable boot gets a flush parcel shelf, hooks and a deeper base to up loading space to 295 litres while still accommodating a full-sized spare wheel.

Suzuki’s new 49 kW 89 Nm litre DualJet

Under the bonnet you will find Suzuki’s new 49 kW 89 Nm litre multi-point K10C DualJet. It gets a couple of multi-point fuel injectors for each of its three cylinders to allow a lofty 11.5:1 compression ratio. Add a variably timed roller rocker valvetrain with four valves per cylinder, exhaust gas recirculation, oil cooling jets under the pistons and Engine Automatic Start Stop for even greater efficiency. K10C turns the front wheels via a five-speed manual ‘box.

Stiffer and even lighter at just 805 kg, new Celrio has a shorter wheelbase 2,435 mm wheelbase and a tidy 4.7 metre turning circle. McPherson strut and front and Torsion beam and coil spring rear suspension has coils all round. Front disc and rear drum ABS brakes have electronic force distribution and emergency assistance. Celerio gains a standard ESP system, has an airbag each for the front occupants and ISOFIX child seat restraint safety.

Celerio Proved a Pleasure to Drive

Look, it’s no rocketship, but this little three-pot is actually a pleasure to drive. It possesses a friendly three-cylinder rumble and it gets on with it in a pleasant repertoire. It rolls and lunges about a bit if you push it, but it’s actually fun to drove There’s a sense of style and these space sensitive pews are comfy enough. The modern-looking and efficient infotainment system does a decent enough job and to be honest, this Suzuki ticks all the economy car boxes with some aplomb.

Talking economy, the Suzuki Celerio’s biggest claim to fame has to be fuel efficiency. They promise 4.2 litres per 100 km and a squeaky clean 84 g/km CO2 emissions. We easily managed 4.5 per hundred in mixed driving. Which gives credence to Suzuki’s claims that Celerio just happens to be South Africa’s most fuel-efficient five-door petrol hatchback. A rather important advantage, considering that the fuel price is charging on toward R25 a litre.

We call that good timing. All in all, we were pleasantly surprised by the Suzuki Celerio. it is neither beautiful nor fast. But who cares in this day and age. What it is, is comfortable, reasonably safe and efficient. And most economical. Which as you may recall, as we said up front, is a case of timing is everything. – Michele Lupini

ROAD TESTED: Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL
Engine: 49 kW 89 Nm 1-litre petrol I3
Drive: 5-speed Manual FWD
0-60 km/h:       5.04 sec
0-100 km/h:      12.88sec
0-120 km/h:      19.18 sec
400m:            18.4 sec @ 119 km/h
80-120 km/h:     11.16 sec
VMax:             160 km/h
Fuel:             4.2 l/100 km
CO2:              84 g/km
Warranty/Service: 5y 200K/2y 30K km
LIST PRICE:       R195K
RATED:            8
Tagged with: