While Suzuki may not be quite as internationally recognized or as revered as some other Japanese car makes like Honda and Toyota, many of the same engineers, designers, and automobile experts that work at Suzuki have spent time working for Honda and Toyota – and they were definitely paying attention.
You can see Honda inspired elements in the Suzuki Celerio, a brand-new model first released in February 2014. A hatchback (or fastback, if one is reading the manufacturers marketing material), the Suzuki Celerio was designed and developed as a commuter vehicle that would be sporty, stylish, and offer the perfect blend of power, performance, and fuel efficiency.
But does the Suzuki Celerio live up to expectations?
There are 6 different variants of the Suzuki Celerio, each of which has a unique blend of engine components, transmission components, and a handful of different trim levels.
All Suzuki Celerio vehicles are built off of the same chassis and with different engine variants – a 998 mL diesel engine capable of producing 67 hp and a 998 mL gasoline engine capable of producing the same level of horsepower. All of these vehicles are also mated and matched to either a 5 speed manual transmission or a 5 speed automatic transmission, with a front wheel drive powertrain.
Offering comfortable seating for 5 full-size adults (though just four would probably be more recommended, especially for longer trips), this hatchback offers a decent amount of storage space in the boot without compromising too much interior comfort.
- Body style - 5 door hatchback/fastback
- Engine type - 998 mL petrol/diesel engine variants
- Horsepower - 67 base horsepower
- Boot capacity - 235 L
- Transmission - 5 speed standard or automatic, with front-wheel-drive
Interior and exterior styling
The Suzuki Celerio looks like a bit of a box on wheels that has been shaped by going through a wind tunnel.
Suzuki has focused a lot of their time and energy on the “guts” of this vehicle. You’ll enjoy power, performance, and amazing fuel efficiency with the Suzuki Celerio.
It does come complete with navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, and has options for a reverse camera and a number of other modern amenities.
Drive performance and ride
As far as drive performance because this vehicle isn’t exactly the most powerful thing on the road today you should expect a bit of a delay as far as acceleration is concerned – but it’s not all that noticeable.
The suspension system has been tuned properly so that you can enjoy a pretty smooth and even ride over just about any road condition, and once you do reach your “cruising speed” you’ll definitely fall in love with the fuel economy you get to squeeze out of it.
At the end of the day, for what the Suzuki Celerio is, there’s a lot to like and a lot to respect.
Posted: 12 September 2014