Suzuki Celerio prices and specs announced

The latest city car from the Japanese brand will hit UK showrooms in February 2015 to rival the likes of the Volkswagen Up!/Seat Mii/Skoda Citigo and Renault Twingo.

Prices start at £7,999 for the SZ3 model, which features six airbags, air conditioning, alloy wheels, and a CD player with Bluetooth and USB connectivity all as standard. For an extra £1,000, the SZ4 model offers electric windows all-round, front fog lamps and a glitzier chrome grille. ESP is fitted as standard in both models.

The Celerio has a spacious cabin similar to the likes of the Citroen C1/Peugeot 108/Toyota Aygo trio, and a boot volume of 254 litres is comparable to the class above.

From launch, a 68hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine will be offered, returning a claimed 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km. It may be worth waiting for the summer, however, when tweaks to the ignition system and the introduction of stop/start technology will improve those figures to 78.4mpg and 84g/km respectively. At the same time, an automatic gearbox option will be introduced.

In a line…

The Celerio doesn’t offer the style of some rivals, but the cheaper price and good standard equipment might be enough to sway some buyers.

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