By Al Qalam correspondent
Suzuki doesn’t immediately come to mind when one thinks of purchasing a sedan. Well, perhaps that attitude needs to change as the facelifted version leaves much to write home about. Especially in terms of value for money. Although not too different from the previous version, there are some hi-tech additions to this iteration. The exterior has LED lights, there’s a modernised infotainment system and little bits of finesse added here and there.
The infotainment system, alluded to above, has an impressive 7-inch touchscreen, with a reverse-view camera. I haven’t found a setup that has Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatible in pricier sedans, so having that in this price range is impressive.
Also worth noting is that the layout on the inside is not cluttered. It’s clear, simple and functional. Automatic climate control is also welcomed especially in the warmer coastal climates.
Adding to the comfort is the leather upholstery in the 1.5 GLX derivative. Once again, this highlights enormous value for money that the Ciaz delivers.
Airbags are included for the driver and front passenger. Other safety features include ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assistance (BAS).Alarm and immobiliser, child-proof rear child door locks and additional side-impact protection come standard.
In comparison to the previous version, the new iteration delivers fractionally more power. The 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated (non-turbo) produces 77 kW and 138 Nm of torque. I’ve followed some critiques about a lack of power, but I’d contend that it has enough to whizz you around, with sufficient levels of ‘contained exhilaration’ .
Fuel efficiency is 5.5 L/100 km, driven with care and conservatively.
Practicality and refinement
The seats don’t fold so this may be a disappointment for some; especially mums and dads ferrying kids around. Sitting at the back, one has sufficient leg room and head- and shoulder room are not bad at the back too.
Compared to other cars in this segment the boot is impressive at 480 litres.
Recommended retail price incl. VAT
- Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 GL Manual R214 900
- Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 GL Auto R229 900
- Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 GLX Manual R244 900
- Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 GLX Auto R259 900
Additional facts for the 1.5 GLX
- Engine: 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol
- Gearbox: 5-speed manual
- Fuel economy: 5.5 L/100 km (claimed)
- Power/Torque: 77 kW/138 Nm