Suzuki Celerio review: The smallest Suzuki car

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This is the Suzuki Celerio. It’s a tiny car, but with one huge selling point – it’s one of the cheapest new cars available for sale in the UK. Prices start from just under £7500, but does the price come at the expense of quality? Is it worth putting on your shopping list, or would you be better off spending a little extra on a Hyundai i10 or Volkswagen Up? Find out the Suzuki Celerio review.

Interior: Simple and straightforward

Suzuki Celerio review: Interior
Suzuki Celerio review: Interior

The Celerio has been around for quite some time and it shows. The plastics in its cabin is a bit dated compared to what the Suzuki cars these days have. With that in mind, the hatchback’s overall cabin isn’t really a letdown.
Beyond the plastics, the seats are pretty comfortable and the instrument cluster is legible, while the straightforward layout works really well for me to able to familiarize with the media unit. Although, there are two things that I wish the Celerio has: door elbow cushions and a better NVH insulation.

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The Suzuki Celerio’s cargo area isn’t its best suit, as it’s just enough to fit a child stroller (without the lid) and a few grocery bags. As a consolation, the lip isn’t that high and the hatch opens widely, so loading heavy stuff into the trunk isn’t hellish.

Now, the rear backrests of the Celerio fold in 60:40 fashion, but they don’t fold flat to the floor. As a result, there’s an unusable space, which can be used for wider cargo items.

The exterior of Suzuki Celerio 

The exterior of the Suzuki Celerio is purely functional with the raised roofline and sawn-off back end providing additional interior space and an unusually large 254-litre boot. The competition has moved the game on compared to the Celerio’s styling.

Inside, the trip down memory lane continues, thanks to an equally dated interior which again is very functional but lacks both style and technology. Having manually adjusted the mirrors, a fruitless search for automatic lights, wipers, fancy digital displays, touch sensitive this and that and pretty much any other mod con you care to mention confirms that this a no-nonsense car aimed at the budget end of the market.

What it does do is clearly display the information you actually need, with a simple speedometer and a rev counter (thank you Suzuki) and a retro-style red LCD display for trip information, controlled of course by two sticks protruding from the instrument binnacle rather than fancy buttons on the steering wheel. It’s not clever or pretty, but it is actually much quicker to flick through settings and adjust the backlighting than the current fad of having to scroll through endless sub-menus.

The highlight on the technical front is the addition of two indirect fuel injectors per cylinder (hence Dualjet) alongside a number of detail changes which include a higher compression ratio and engine start/stop. The result is a modest increase in power but a big jump in the claimed fuel economy.

Suzuki Celerio review: exterior
Suzuki Celerio review: exterior

The current-generation Suzuki Celerio features a more mature looking exterior design. The headlights and grille now work together to form a cohesive unit for the front fascia. It gives the vehicle a sportier-looking front end. The size has also improved, it now features an extra 100mm in length and 70mm in width compared to its older variant. Lighting comes from multi-reflector halogen headlights. The rear also gets the halogen treatment.

The Celerio comes in six color options: Pearl White Snow, Metalic Star Silver, Metal Mineral Gray, Pearl Super Black, Pearl Ablaze Red 3, and finally, Prime Cerulean Blue 2.

Suzuki Celerio Engine and Power

Suzuki Celerio review: Suzuki Celerio Engine and Power
Suzuki Celerio review: Suzuki Celerio Engine and Power

This mini engine gives the power of 47 bhp and torque of 125 nm. If you look as a city car, these figures look not only appearing, but in the time of driving this car in the city traffic, you do not feel the power shortage. There is more sound in the engine running than 2 cylinders, but the good thing is that more vibration is not felt inside the cabin. The engine noise in the cabin is not too much filter.

But when we took this car on the highway, we felt a little lack in power. Powerful SUVs and Siddan cars running high speed on the highway look like this weak. But if you use gearshift in a bit of sense, safe overtaking can be done.