The Suzuki Celerio has been unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show – and the smart Japanese city car is receiving plenty of attention.
Firstly, because of the car’s incredible levels of practicality. The Suzuki Celerio will replace the firm’s current Alto city car when it goes on sale in the UK at the end of 2014, and offers an incredible amount of luggage space.
We’d never call the Alto limited, but the Celerio exceeds on the small Suzuki’s boot, offering 129 litres more stowage space and 254 litres in total.
It’s slightly longer (by just 10cm) at 3.6m long, but at 1.6m wide – the same as the Alto – it should be just as manoeuvrable, excelling in the areas an urban runaround should.
We know Suzuki’s customers need to find tight spaces in towns and cities, so a small car that’s easy to park is great – but one that’s this big inside is even better.
Despite its diminutive dimensions there’s plenty of room in the rear for adults, while refinement and cabin quality is improved over the outgoing Alto.
Just like the Suzuki Swift, the dashboard and controls are ergonomically laid out and robustly built, with silver accents inside the interior giving a real air of quality.
As any good city car should be, the 2014 Suzuki Celerio will be amazingly efficient, thanks to the firm’s newly developed 1.0-litre three-cylinder dual injection petrol engine.
Performance and fuel economy data isn’t yet available, but with stop-start on offer, CO2 emissions are as low as 85g/km, meaning free road tax and London Congestion Charge exemption.
As CO2 emissions are linked to mpg, we expect this to be a very cheap car to run indeed.
Best of all will be the price. Suzuki is promising “competitive pricing” so we can’t rule out a pricing structure that undercuts the current £7,199 Alto. Either way, it’ll offer Suzuki’s traditionally strong value for money.