Suzuki Celerio launched as a larger A-segment city car; UK sales to begin in early 2015
8 December 2014

The Suzuki Celerio budget car will cost from £7999 when it goes on sale in the UK. The car, which was displayed at the Delhi motor show and made its European debut at the Geneva motor show in March 2014, will go on sale in the UK early in 2015.

Suzuki describes the Celerio as an 'A+ compact' car, because of the additional interior space it offers. It measures 3600mm long and 1600mm wide with a 2425mm wheelbase. Luggage space measures 254 litres, fractionally more than a Hyundai i10.

The Suzuki Celerio is powered by a 998cc three-cylinder petrol engine developing 67bhp. There are no official performance statistics available for the European cars yet, but the Indian-market models record a 0-62mph time of around 15 seconds. Suzuki says the first cars to go on sale will emit 99g/km of CO2, before a series of engine revisions introducing the company's new Dualjet technology bring these down to 84g/km in summer 2015.

Manual versions will be offered to start off with, while an automated manual transmission will be available from the summer. Suzuki says the Auto Gear Shift (AGS) transmission will have no negative impact on fuel economy.

Two trim levels will be available to start with: SZ3 and SZ4. The SZ3 starts at £7999 and comes with alloy wheels, air conditioning, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, a USB connection and a CD player. The SZ4 additions include polished alloy wheels, rear electric windows, front foglights, body-coloured door mirrors and a chrome front grille. The engine changes in summer 2015 are expected to bring a slight price increase of around £500.

Suzuki has confirmed the Celerio will replace the Alto and Splash in the UK, with the Splash going off sale at the end of the year, and the Alto no longer offered from March 2015.

The Indian-market Celerio is built at the Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar, India, but a spokesman confirmed the UK models will be built in the Rayang plant in Thailand. Left-hand-drive models will go on sale at the end of 2014, with right-hand-drive cars available in February 2015.

Suzuki has also announced that it sold 2.69 million cars globally between January and December 2013, volumes that were comparable to the previous period. Suzuki sold 197,000 units in Europe, and following the introduction of the SX4 S-Cross in September, sales have grown by 12 per cent year on year and the firm expects continued growth this year.

The firm’s main European plant in Hungary has reached 161,000 units and bosses have confirmed that Suzukis built in Europe will be sold in non-European markets.

Read the Autocar review of the Suzuki Celerio, here.

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4 March 2014
It may be a budget car, but does it have to be styled to look much, much older than it is? Many cars from the late 1990s look more modern than this such as a Golf Mk 4, the 1st Focus, Clio 2, Peugeot 206 etc.

4 March 2014
Sounds like celery
Looks about as exciting as celery
In fact I would rather eat celery than have to drive this car
I hope they don't bring it to the UK. Although if they do I probably won't notice.
Why make cars if you cant even be bothered to try? Stick to bikes if this is your best effort Suzuki.

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25 November 2014
Dont speak too soon about the new Celerio being boring - from the spy photos shown of the new GM Vauxhall Viva, both look incredibly similar, especially from the rear. The dash in this Suzuki looks like Suzuki but IM sure GM will put their edge on it.

8 December 2014
volvofan2 wrote:

GM will put their edge on it.

Suzuki and GM severed ties about 4 years ago (they had a short term 'partnership' with VW that they quickly got out of). I don't believe there is any GM DNA in this car. I do agree though, the rear light treatment looks very much like the Vauxhall Viva.

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8 December 2014
Viva looks better than this. I like Suzuki, but they can't style for toffee. Although I did really like the Kizashi saloon

8 December 2014
Ever since GM got its hands on Suzuki that brand has seen its gradual demise, they did it to Saab and and others. Suzuki was a very good alternative to the mainstream cars and it was a leader in the now oversubscribed SUV segment, but they were/is stifled by GM in order to grow their mainstream models. Shame really...

8 December 2014
I know it's well equipped compared to its rivals (for 'base models', anyway), but I still think it's about £500-£1000 too expensive for what it is. For starters, it looks dreadful. It sort of reminds me of when Suzuki tried to re-launch the Alto 12 years ago when it cost closer to the £500 mark, mixed with some Perodua Kelisa, mixed again with some Daihatsu Charade. It looks slab sided and basic, and actually a considerable step back from both the current Alto and Splash. Vauxhall's new Viva, by comparison and despite the slating it got in the comments boxes last week, a far more attractive proposition, for less outlay.


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