Suzuki Celerio (2015 – 2019) At A Glance
On the face of it there's very little to say about the Suzuki Celerio. It is ordinary to look at and its price tag doesn't grab headlines like the bargain Dacia Sandero. But delve a little deeper and you will start to find the appeal, because this little car comes with everything most drivers need.
Standard equipment on the base model includes a CD player with DAB radio, Bluetooth and a USB port, along with alloy wheels, electric windows and even air conditioning. There is space in the back for two adults and an impressive boot for such a small car.
The main engine is a 1.0-litre petrol with 68PS and 90Nm of torque. It has official economy of 65.7mpg and emits 99g/km of CO2 and so qualifies for free car tax. This will be joined by a revised Dualjet engine from April 2015, which has the same power figures but with improved economy of 78.4mpg and even lower emissions of 84g/km.
It might be a bargain, but the Celerio certainly has its flaws - the engine is coarse when driven hard and there is a noticeable amount of wind noise at motorway speeds. It is easy to see where costs have been cut inside - the dashboard, indicator stalks and air conditioning controls feel dated and less durable than they do in other Suzuki models like the Swift.
Having said that, the major controls are feather light and road manners are good - there's plenty of grip and ride quality is good. Factor in the generous standard gear and it's easy to make a case for the Celerio. It might not be a class leader, but for those who want nonsense-free motoring at a good price it could be just the ticket.
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Which cars would you recommend for young drivers?
"Which cars would you recommend for young drivers?"
Low powered ones like the Vauxhall Viva, Ford Ka+, Suzuki Celerio, Kia Picanto, Hyundai i10, Volkswagen Up, SEAT Mii, Skoda Citigo, Toyota Aygo, Citroen C1, Peugeot 108 - all 1.0-litre except for the Ka+ which is 1.2.
I need a small, easy to parallel park car - what do you recommend?
"I haven't driven in 20 years. Now I have moved to the Netherlands and need a small car that is small, easy to drive and easy to parallel park, mostly for the school run, but also so we can do some driving around the country. What do you recommend? "
A Dacia Sandero 1.0 is the cheapest new car in the UK and I guess it also is in Holland. It's a bit bigger than the likes of the Opel Karl (called Vauxhall Viva in UK), Suzuki Celerio, Citroen C1, Peugeot 108, Toyota Aygo, Volkswagen Up, Skoda Citigo, SEAT Mii, Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto. Of these the new KIA Picanto 1.0 is the most fun to drive: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/kia/kia-picanto-2017-road-test/
Should my insurer give me a courtesy car equivalent to my vehicle?
"I had a low impact bump causing damage to rear bumper and small dent to body work above bumper. I claimed on my insurance and my Toyota RAV4 was allocated a date for estimate to be carried out at appointed bodyshop. I asked the bodyshop when I needed to bring the car in for inspection, as the car was perfectly roadworthy but would require a change of bumper. I was informed that they had to follow insurance procedure and collect the car. They collected it on 5 June and I was supplied with a Suzuki Celerio courtesy car. It is now 13 June and still no work has been carried out. I contacted my insurer to complain about the shoddy service. I had been misinformed and was told that I could have taken the car in for inspection and subsequently return it for repair. I contacted the bodyshop and requested an upgrade of the courtesy car, due to the delay because they misinformed me of the procedure, they refused. They tell me repairs will be possibly complete by 16 June, but no guarantee. I think they have been very underhand and I have told my insurer this. Do I have any redress against this bodyshop?"
In short, no. You have no redress against the bodyshop, they are acting under the contract they have with the insurer. Your redress is with the insurer in this case. Firstly, was the damage to the car caused by your self or did a third party cause it? You have different entitlements if it was not your fault. You would be entitled to an equivalent hire vehicle to the one you had. The car you have has probably been provided to you by the garage out of "courtesy" whilst your car is being repaired, in this case, if it is not part of the contract you have with your insurer you may not be even entitled to a car if you damaged your vehicle through your own fault. Complain to your insurer strongly and then complain to the Financial Ombudsman service: http://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/consumer/complaints.htm
What first car should I get my 17 year old son?
"I'm a single mum of a 17 year old boy and would like to buy him a car so he is independent and I can work more hours. I have a small budget of about £2500 - £3000 pounds at the most. What car would you advise me to go for? I've seen a 2010 diesel Vauxhall Corsa for £2300 pounds but it has 97,000 miles. Is it too much? I work for the NHS so I think I could join the scheme whereby I pay monthly amounts towards a new car but I don't know whether it's worth it."
I would steer clear of used cars because of potential unreliability and trouble and instead get a PCP on a basic small new car such as a Vauxhall Viva or a Suzuki Celerio (there's usually an offer on a low powered Corsa 1.0 that he may prefer). The biggest cost will be insurance. Talk to a Vauxhall dealer. (With a PCP you pay a deposit, then 36 or 48 monthly payments, then an agreed 'final payment' if you want to keep the car at the end of the period. Take out independent GAP insurance to cover the gap in value if the car gets crashed.)