The low cost of ownership will be the clincher for most Celerio owners, who’ll be private individuals spending their own cash and sensitive to retained value, cost of insurance and fuel economy.
In isolation, the news on residual fortitude doesn’t look good, with our sources suggesting that the Celerio will retain a smaller proportion of its showroom price than most rivals.
However, in actuality, just under 40 percent retained value after three years on a car as well equipped as a Celerio SZ4 that costs between £1500 and £2000 less than its like-for-like competition isn’t something to complain about.
The Celerio’s UK insurance group rating may be, though. With plenty of city cars rated in groups one and two, the Suzuki suffers with a punitive group-seven classification.
For a typical 35-year-old UK driver, that’d be the difference between an annual renewal premium of £280 and £350. Younger and higher-risk drivers who may very well take the Celerio for the perfect insurable car could well pay dearly for their mistake.
There’s better news in that, whichever Celerio you buy, it’ll qualify for a free band A tax disc, with all models emitting less than 100g/km of CO2. Plenty of rival city cars still miss that mark, and although the walk up to bands B and C is hardly significant, it is an additional running cost nevertheless.
Given that only a masochist would buy the Celerio for the way it looks, the modest styling enhancements of the SZ4 probably don't justify its premium.
We would stick with the cheap and no less cheerful SZ3. In hearteningly honest fashion, it remains the Suzuki way.