What is it?
This five-door hatchback will initially be sold alongside the Suzuki Alto and Splash, but it clearly overlaps with their remits. Suzuki refers to the car as an 'A+ compact', suggesting it sits between the likes of the Toyota Aygo and larger models such as the Ford Fiesta. The Celerio's dimensions back that up. It measures 3600mm long and 1600mm wide with a 2425mm wheelbase.
Luggage space is quoted as 254 litres with the rear seats occupied, or 726 litres with the seatbacks folded. That all compares favourably with one of the most spacious cars in the segment, the Hyundai i10, while a tall roofline also means that headroom is distinctly generous front and rear. A flat cabin floor unintruded by a transmission tunnel makes it possible for an adult to sit in the middle rear seat if necessary. On top of that, access to the back seats is made easy by wide-opening doors.
Euro NCAP awarded the Suzuki Celerio a below-par result of three stars this November, mainly due to a poor score in the side impact pole test. However, the crash-tested car did not feature curtain airbags, which are fitted as standard in the UK. It is thought that these could have altered the final score. Suzuki also fits airbags in the front for the driver and passenger, plus side airbags in the seats.