The Suzuki Celerio is already one of Britain’s cheapest new cars, but now the compact hatchback is even more affordable, thanks to the introduction of a new entry-level version priced from £6,999.

Lowering the starting price of the Celerio by £1,000, the new ‘SZ2’ specification sees the car’s asking price move to within £1,000 of the Dacia Sandero, which is currently Britain’s cheapest new vehicle, starting from £5,995.

It’s available with a brace of 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol motors, the most efficient of which is the 67bhp ‘Dualjet’ unit. It’s capable of claimed fuel economy of 78.4mpg and is exempt from vehicle tax thanks to CO2 emissions of just 84g/km. The downside is performance best described as leisurely, with a 0-62mph time of around 13 seconds and a top speed of under 100mph.

Though it’s the entry-level model, the SZ2 Celerio has enough kit to make journeys bearable, including electric front windows, a CD player, DAB digital radio and central locking. Passenger safety is provided courtesy of six airbags and electronic stability control.

Suzuki is banking on the Celerio’s commodious dimensions helping it to stand out amongst its talented rivals, such as the Toyota Aygo and more expensive Volkswagen Up. Not only is it claimed to have the largest boot in its class, at 254 litres, but passengers also enjoy more room thanks to the car’s boxy dimensions.

The Suzuki Celerio SZ2 is available to order now. Rather buy used? Search for a Suzuki Celerio here.

Daljinder Nagra


July 2, 2015