Juliet reviews…The Suzuki Ciaz

The budget sedan segment is one that has seen much success among the likes of the Uber and Taxify market. And for very good reason. These vehicles offer value for money while also providing much-need space and practicality. Suzuki has given its mid-size sedan, the Ciaz, an upgrade and therefore continues to offer a product that delivers on all the requirements expected of such a car.

The upgraded Ciaz sees new spec added to the cabin of the GLX, whether manual or automatic. Features such as a new 7-inch touchscreen audio system which offers Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirroLink smartphone integration as well as a reverse camera with rear park sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and voice commands are all standard. There is also now a 4.2-inch colour information display in the instrument cluster.

But that is not all, the GLX now offers cruise control, automatic climate control, electrically folding side mirrors, combination leather upholstery, integrated lighting in the footwells, individual rear reading lights and a retractable rear sunshade all as standard. The remote central locking system of the GL models remains, while the GLX model is upgraded to keyless access with a Start/Stop button. The only downfall here is that it doesn’t have automatic locking when you drive off. Something all vehicles need in South Africa.

GL models still offer many standard features such as electric windows, manual air conditioning, steering mounted audio controls, a centre armrest with integrated storage, rear air conditioning vents and an additional 12V socket for the back-seat passengers. Speaking of rear passengers, the space is ample. Especially when it comes to legroom. And the boot offers one of the largest in the segment at 480-litres. Another let down, however, is the fact that the rear bench is unable to fold forward.

The upgraded Ciaz boasts a new engine in the form of a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit. It gains 7 kW and 8 Nm taking it to 77 kW and 138 Nm. It is a punchy engine and perfect for city driving. The five-speed manual transmission, however, could do with a sixth gear when out on the open road. But if you drive conservatively you will be able to achieve the claimed fuel consumption of just 5.5l/100 km.

The generous service place of 3-years/60 000 km and 5-year/200 000 km warranty is more than its rivals, such as the Volkswagen Polo Sedan or Toyota Corolla Quest ,offer. And the Ciaz also provides more standard features than its competitors.

There is no doubt that the upgraded Suzuki Ciaz will continue to provide customers with an alternative to the more popular brands. It is superb value for money and if you are in the market for a fleet car or if you just need some extra space but don’t want to spend the extra cash, then give the Ciaz a go. You won’t be disappointed.

PRICING OF THE SUZUKI CIAZ

  • Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 GL Manual          R216 900
  • Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 GL Auto               R231 900
  • Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 GLX Manual        R246 900

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