Suzuki dashboards, no matter where they are encountered, all tend to feel about the same.

The Celerio’s well-ordered collage of cut-rate black plastic is par for the course – as is the kind of hard-boiled durability that you’d expect from a toddler’s play set.

Good news: a digital radio as standard in a car of this price. More of this please, budget car makers.

Handsomeness, of the upmarket sort striven for by European designers, appears to be of peripheral concern. Instead, Suzuki seeks merely to put everything in its proper place and then ensure that whatever it is functions correctly for the next 10,000 or so clicks and twirls.

At the Celerio’s price bracket, we’re inclined to favour such simplicity. Better that, for example, than a PSA Peugeot Citroën designer’s idea of quirkiness. Of course, it’s practicality that defines how the Celerio looks from the outset. That apple-box squareness is the result of keeping the roofline from slanting at the rear.

As promised, the resulting head room is plentiful. However, the number of potential occupants implied by the middle seatbelt is less credible. With two man-sized road testers in the back row, even a Lilliputian would struggle to fit in the modicum of daylight left in between.

In fact, with the opposing seatbelt buckles less than 25mm apart, it’s tough to imagine the person – one presumably too large for a child’s seat – Suzuki envisages filling such a perch. Assuming it’s left empty, the remaining passengers are well catered for. Taking for granted the usual city car limitations, adults won’t have cause to complain during journeys of a modest duration.

If it rivals the best with its back row, beyond it Suzuki claims to have exceeded them. Thanks to a low boot floor (aided by the absence of even a spacesaver spare wheel), the firm claims a class-leading 254-litre capacity with the seats up.

That’s only a fraction more than the Volkswagen Up’s figure (and, at 726 litres with the seats down, well shy of its rival’s 959-litre total capacity) but any advantage over the segment’s consummate all-rounder is probably worth shouting about.

On the equipment front, there are three trims to choose from - SZ2, SZ3 and SZ4. The entry-level trim comes with 14in steel wheels, a CD player, DAB radio, central locking and a tyre pressure monitoring system as standard, while upgrading to SZ3 adds 14in alloy wheels, air conditioning, remote central locking, Bluetooth and USB connectivity to the Celerio package.

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The range-topping SZ4 models come with all-round electric windows, front foglights, electrically adjustable wing mirrors and rear seat pockets.

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