Garry Fabian road tests and reviews the Suzuki Kizashi Sport AWD.
Suzuki has established a reputation for reliability over the last decade, but is mainly known for its small car range such as the Alto and the Swift. But it’s more recent entry into the medium size market has been to a great extent flying under the radar.
The Suzuki Kizashi range (funny name – but good design) extends the choices for buyers in the mid-range market segment.
Offering clean design lines on the outside and a well fitted out passenger cabin, it is a very pleasant car to drive, with sure-footed handling and an impressive range of standard features.
There are three model options – Sports Touring, Sports Prestige with choices of manual or auto transmission and the Sports AWD auto only.
Only one engine is on offer though - a 2.4 litre four-cylinder, which most buyers will likely find more than sufficient for most driving situations.
Both transmissions are well-liked for their responsive, smooth shifts. Another positive is the way it hugs a corner. Fuel economy is good, but not exceptional in this class – the official combined consumption figure is 8.4L/100km.
It can be said that the Suzuki Kizashi has one of the nicest cabins in the class, with quality materials and great build quality.
Though the Kizashi has a smaller boot and back seat space is a little more restricted that most other midsize cars, the amount of room still reasonably good, and will accommodate five adults.
Standard features on the Kizashi Sport include eight airbags, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, seven-speaker stereo, reversing camera, satellite-navigation and a sunroof.
There is also no compromise when it comes to safety with the Kizashi boasting a five-star ANCAP safety rating,
Summing it up, the Kizashi is a very creditable car, combining really good features, reliability and value for money.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol producing 131kW and 230Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Price: Sport Touring from $29,990, Sport Prestige from $37,990 and Sport from $39,990.