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Suzuki Celerio review: Let’s get practical

By Roger St. Pierre with Hazel Kempster

We’ve just spent a week with the Suzuki Celerio, a car that fills a distinct niche. Are you a performance-addicted petrolhead? – then you can skip this one.

If, on the other hand, you are one of those with a more utilitarian approach to motoring, looking not for excitement but for something that’s reliable, inexpensive to buy and economical to run – read on.

How does a purchase price of just £8,499, an ultra-low insurance rating and 78.44-mpg combined cycle fuel consumption grab you?

It might resemble a van with windows but that upright stance means a roomy cabin with plenty of headroom while the boxy luggage compartment is surprisingly capacious.

Not surprisingly, the Celerio is built to a price, which means a back to basics approach. The mirrors, for instance, are not electrically adjustable. However, even at this bottom end of the market, today’s consumers demand plenty of bang for their buck, which means that a stop and go system comes as standard, as do five cup-holders and even a gear shift indicator display.

Power comes from a perky little 998cc three-cylinder 12-valve petrol engine that will wind the thing up to 62-mph in 13-seconds before topping out at near 109-mph, Not that you’d want to drive it quickly because, being so light, the back end does tend to skip a bit when cornering hard and you’ll need to tug hard on the steering wheel to prevent the vehicle running wide.

Being rather soft and unsupportive, the seating dos not help in such circumstances as you perch on, rather than sit on the seat.

Standard kit on the SZ3 Dualjet version we tested includes an electronic stability programme, ABS with EBD and brake assist; driver and front passenger airbags, curtain airbags, side airbags; daytime running lights; tyre pressure monitor; manual air-conditioning and 14-inch alloy wheels.

A nice touch is that, unlike in most new cars these days, you still get a CD player, as well as DAB digital radio, a USB socket and Bluetooth connectivity.

Built in Thailand, the Celerio fills its niche nicely, providing affordable motoring for the masses whose sole concern is for a reliable means of getting from A to B. There are no gimmicks, no toys, but simply a sensible selection of nuts and bolts.

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