Review: Suzuki Kizashi (2012 – 2014)

Rating:

Distinctive enough to stand out, decent handling in 4WD mode, 180PS 2.4-litre petrol engine, four-wheel-drive, paddleshifts, leather, very well equipped, only 500 coming to UK.

CVT irritating when left on its own, economy and emissions above average, at £23,000 dearer than Skoda Octavia and Superb 1.8 TSI 4x4s.

Recently Added To This Review

3 January 2015

Suzuki issued a recall for the 2010-2013 SX4 automatics and the 2010-2013 Kizashi, affecting more than 60,000 vehicles. Problem with the shift selector, that sometimes allows the transmission to be moved... Read more

25 May 2011

The Kizashi is Suzuki's Sport 'D' segment car and has been under evaluation since January prior to introduction in the UK at the end of this year. This model is built in the Sagara plant in Japan and... Read more

1 March 2010 Kizashi exhibited for the first time in Europe

Already on sale in Japan and North America and on sale in Switzerland and Australia in 2010. Powered by a 2.4-litre petrol engine with latest design CVT transmission and intelligent i-AWD four-wheel drive... Read more

Suzuki Kizashi (2012 – 2014): At A Glance

Four wheel drive, CVT auto BMW 3 Series size saloon in UK from January 2012.

Suzuki Kizashi 2011 Road Test and short Video

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Suzuki Kizashi (2012 – 2014): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4650 mm
Width 1820 mm
Height 1470 mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm

Full specifications

Inside, there’s room for five and though piggy in the middle won’t appreciate the hard backrest there is at least an indentation in the ceiling to accommodate the tops of back seat passengers heads.

Leather seats, cruise control, electric front seats, electric folding mirrors and pleasing, good quality trim are all standard.

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What's the Suzuki Kizashi (2012 – 2014) like to drive?

Selecting manual shifting by paddle and pressing the four-wheel drive button transforms the car from mundane and understeery with an irritating transmission to decently secure and sporty. It’s never quite a quattro because mid corner undulations can catch it out, but it’s still a decent drive capable of giving pleasure at the cost, I guess, of a hefty increase in fuel consumed.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
2.4 34 mpg 8.8 s 191 g/km

Real MPG average for a Suzuki Kizashi (2012 – 2014)

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Average performance

95%

Real MPG

28–36 mpg

MPGs submitted

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Should I buy a Suzuki Kisashi?

I'm thinking of buying a 2014 Suzuki Kizashi for £14,999 from my local dealer. I'll only do 5000 miles and it will replace my old Vauxhall Vectra. My wife has a bad back and at five feet tall getting into most cars is difficult. Should I consider an Astra or Citroen C5 instead, or is the Suzuki a wise buy?
It's a strange car. Very thirsty. High annual tax. But the 4WD will help in snowy conditions in winter. You'll have to think of this as a long-term purchase because it will be difficult to re-sell. Tested here: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/suzuki/suzuki-kizashi-2011-road-test//
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