Suzuki Celerio (2015 – 2019) Review

Suzuki Celerio (2015 – 2019) At A Glance


+Cheap to buy. Low running costs. Good level of standard equipment. Spacious cabin and boot. Comfortable and easy to drive. Brake problem resolved.

-Coarse engines and poor refinement. Interior feels dated and cheap. Imports suspended in August 2019.

Insurance Group 7
On average it achieves 95% of the official MPG figure

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.

Real MPG average for a Suzuki Celerio (2015 – 2019)


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Average performance


Real MPG

47–82 mpg

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How can I reduce the road noise from my Suzuki Celerio?

"I have a 68-reg Suzuki Celerio, it's a good car but road noise is high. Is there any way to lessen it?"
The Celerio is a decent city car, but it was designed as an inexpensive small car so refinement is never going to be its strong suit and you will have to accept a degree of road noise. However, there are some things you can look at. One option would be to swap the tyres for alternatives that have a low noise rating. If you visit and enter your registration number or tyre size, you can view a number of suitable tyres for your car. If you can find a tyre with a noise rating of under 70dB then you should find this reduces the amount of road noise coming through to the cabin. Another option would be to have sound deadening material fitted to your car. Depending on how far you want to go, you could have this fitted behind the door cards and under the carpets, offering increased insulation from exterior noises. This is something you could potentially try yourself, or a good car audio specialist will be able to supply and fit this for you.
Answered by David Ross

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.
Answered by Honest John

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:
Answered by Honest John

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:
Answered by Tim Kelly
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