2016 Suzuki Celerio Review

2016 Suzuki Celerio Road Test and Review

Suzuki retired the long-running Alto nameplate last year and now the entry-point into the Suzuki line-up is the Celerio.

The five-door hatch model is priced from $12,990, if you would prefer the auto version then you will need to stump-up an extra $1,000.

Up against rivals including the Holden Spark, Kia Picanto and Mitsubishi Mirage, I found the Suzuki offering a pretty reasonable little city car.

I had the auto version of the 2016 Suzuki Celerio to test drive.

2016 Suzuki Celerio Interior

Powered by a 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engine, total output is just 50kW and 90Nm and unsurprisingly it’s quite frugal with Suzuki quoting just 4.8L/100km combined.

I covered over 550km in a lot of stop-start driving and used just over half of the 35 litre fuel tank, impressive!

The engine though does need a lot of encouragement to get the Celerio moving and this is probably exacerbated by the CVT transmission.

Yes, there is a ‘Sports’ mode, though the difference appeared to be minimal.

It’s certainly not the most refined powertrain I have experienced and the transmission tends to hesitate at times too. I would certainly like to try out the manual version, which I think would be a more enjoyable drive.

Decent brakes, quick enough steering and pretty good handling help redeem the little Suzuki a fair bit.

While the ride is only passable with speed bumps and the like being felt quite evidently in the cabin.

During the week I had the Celerio we had quite windy conditions in Sydney and the Celerio certainly can get blown around a fair bit during high winds!

You can’t talk about how the Suzuki Celerio drives though without a mention of how easy is to park, even without a reverse camera and parking sensors it really is an easy car to navigate in and out of parking spots.

Inside the cabin you will find an acceptable number of standard features, including:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Bluetooth
  • CD Player
  • 4-speaker stereo
  • Central locking
  • Front row cup holders
  • Power mirrors
  • Power windows (front and rear)
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Disappointingly though the steering wheel gets only tilt adjustment.

In regards to seating capacity, the Celerio is strictly a four seater, while boot space comes in at just 254 litres.

2016 Suzuki Celerio

Good bits in the cabin include simple a/c and heater controls and the cloth seats are comfortable.

While the Celerio is let down a little by a rather bland cabin feel and the lack of a centre console, the sun visors, I felt, were a bit too short for true effectiveness.

The Suzuki Celerio is offered in five different paint shades with a $500 premium on every colour other than Snow White Pearl.

On the safety front, the Celerio boasts just a four-star ANCAP safety rating (Mitsubishi Mirage, Kia Picanto and Holden Spark all have five-star scores).

Summing it up: The Celerio is always one of, if not the cheapest, new cars to own and run.

There’s enough room for two and delivers a drive that could be described aptly as “adequate”.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Suzuki Celerio

Engine: 1.0 litre petrol producing 50kW and 90Nm

Transmission: One-speed CVT automatic or five-speed manual

Safety: Four stars

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000km

Origin: Thailand

Price: from $12,990

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