What's it like?
Up front, the driver and passenger sit upright and high up.
This makes getting into the car easier, but also enhances visibility in all directions. At parking speeds the light steering and other driving controls are a boon, although on the move the car's overall lack of weight means it's difficult to accurately place it on the road.
Exacerbating the issue is a near absence of self-centring through the steering system. Continuing a similar theme, the clutch is so light that it's impossible to feel the biting point. At least the five-speed manual gearbox is relatively slick and unobtrusive to use, though. This is mated to an economical engine, but not a powerful one. Our low-mileage test car felt particularly underpowered, even around town.
On the plus side, the three-cylinder unit is remarkably quiet and refined, being all but inaudible at idle. While the column stalks are a little flimsy (and that's not unusual in this class), the heating and ventilation controls and infotainment buttons are reassuringly solid and tactile to use. It stands up well next to the Suzuki Swift's cabin in that respect, even if much of the plastic trim feels durable rather than soft-touch.
A generous level of standard equipment enhances the ambience no end. Two trim levels will become available when the Celerio goes on sale in February 2015: SZ3 and SZ4. The full suite of safety systems will be standard at the entry-level price of £7999, including ESP stability control and a tyre pressure monitor.
On top of that are ISOFIX child seat anchor points, electric front windows, air conditioning, DAB radio with USB input, Bluetooth and 14in alloy wheels. The SZ4 adds subtle upgrades inside and out for a £1000 premium, including electric rear windows and electrically adjusted door mirrors.
Should I buy one?
While the Celerio may not appeal to those that want a little personality in their city car, the pricing and equipment are compelling reasons to take a closer look.
Backing the low purchase price up are decent efficiency figures. The 1.0-litre petrol engine emits 99g/km and returns 65.7mpg, but Suzuki has already confirmed that a new and more efficient engine will become available in summer 2015, as will the 'Auto Gear Shift' automated manual transmission, which comes with an emissions rating of 84g/km and 78.5mpg economy.
The Celerio offers sensible new car motoring on a tight budget. Its interior quality and space are above average and running costs are extremely low, but it is lacking in charm.
Price from £7999; 0-62mph 13.1 sec; Top speed 96mph; Economy 65.7mpg; CO2 99g/km; Kerb weight 835kg; Engine three cyls, 998cc, petrol; Power 67bhp at 6000rpm; Torque 66lb ft at 3500rpm; Gearbox 5-speed manual