2012 Suzuki Kizashi Road Test and Review…
In 2011 we gave our Car of the Year award to the Kia Optima Platinum. This decision was based on the big Kia not only being a very good car, but a car that has worked to change the whole dynamic and perception of a car company.
Similarly the Kizashi is Suzuki’s breakthrough model.
The 2012 Suzuki Kizashi is a vehicle that delivers excellent styling, safety and features, but more than that it delivers a level of quality and refinement well beyond what many thought Suzuki was capable of.
The Kizashi range starts at $28,490 and tops out with the Sport version at $39,990.
When nudging $40,000 the expectations on a vehicle do rise however I’m pleased to say there was nothing about the Sport that I disliked or felt could, or should be better.
It can justify the relatively lofty price tag by offering a host of standard features including;
- Electric sunroof
- Beautiful 18” alloys
- Leather interior
- Push button start
- High end Rockford Fosgate stereo system
- Electric anti-glare rear-view mirror
- Electric seats
Parking sensors are also standard, however neither a rear reversing camera or satellite navigation are offered even as options.
Inside the cabin of the Suzuki Kizashi the seats are a great mix of comfort and sport, the use of leather on the door trims, transmission selector, handbrake and steering wheel works nicely along with the touches of chrome and alloy-look plastics.
Leg room up front is good and only ok in the back, storage areas inside the cabin get full marks for size and accessibility however.
Boot space is excellent and there’s plenty of room to get longer objects into the vehicle when the rear seat is folded down.
Under the bonnet of every Suzuki Kizashi is a 2.4 litre four cylinder petrol engine that delivers an “up to the job” 131kW and 230Nm.
Fuel consumption is a very reasonable 8.4L/100 combined.
Interestingly the Sport variant comes only with the six speed CVT automatic transmission, the six speed manual gearbox offered in the low spec models isn’t offered in the Sport.
One important element that does differentiate the Sport from its siblings is that it is all-wheel drive, as a bonus you can easily revert the Sport back to front wheel drive with the push of a button.
On the road the Suzuki Kizashi Sport delivers healthy power and acceleration without being over the top.
The steering is firm and very direct while the suspension seems to be more than happy to keep the Kizashi on the road even when moving through a corner at higher speeds.
Fortunately the 45 series tyres work nicely with the suspension set-up and the ride, while being a touch firm, isn’t uncomfortable.
On the safety front the Kizashi, as you would expect, boasts a 5-star ANCAP rating, but just watch the blind spots created by the rather chunky A pillars and sizeable wing mirrors.
Summing it up it’s a pat on the back for Suzuki for delivering a tremendous vehicle in the Kizashi.
Yes, the Sport does have a bit of a hefty price tag but except for the lack of sat-nav and reversing camera there’s nothing else you will feel you missed out on.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.4 litre petrol engine delivering 131kW and 230Nm
Transmission: Six speed CVT auto
Safety: Five stars