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New Suzuki Celerio 1.0 Dualjet SZ2 5DR - £6,999 @ Richmond Motor Group
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New Suzuki Celerio 1.0 Dualjet SZ2 5DR - £6,999 @ Richmond Motor Group

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Posted 28th Sep
Budget browsing again... Think this is good value for £6999 for a brand new Suzuki 5 door City car. Engine wise 998cc 3 cylinder engine with 68bhp-petrol with excellent 72.4 combined MPG & piece of mind 3 years warranty.

Good review here : autoexpress.co.uk/suzuki/celerio


The Suzuki Celerio is a compact city car which is unexpectedly spacious on the inside. It’s a 5-door hatchback which has been stylishly designed for practicality. It has great fuel economy which means fewer petrol stops, and is completely eco-friendly as it produces low Co2 emissions. Due to its small size, it’s easy to manoeuvre and the perfect nippy car to drive around town.

The Celerio has modern safety technology to ensure that you and your passengers stay safe. With front, side and curtain airbags on all models, tyre pressure monitor system, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist function.
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  • Central door locking
  • Electric front windows
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Luggage cover
  • Power assisted steering
  • Rear wiper
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Lights on warning
  • Tachometer
  • Digital clock
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Luggage hooks
  • Tilt adjustable steering wheel
  • 14" steel wheels with full wheel covers
  • Key in reminder
  • 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front intermittent wipers
  • Front side airbags
  • Radio/CD
  • 2 speakers
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Rear window demister
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Accessory socket
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • 3 point ELR front seat belts
  • Front head restraints
  • Fuel consumption screen
  • Manually adjustable door mirrors
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake assist
  • Driver seatbelt warning indicator
  • Halogen multi-reflector headlamps
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Door ajar warning lamp
  • Outside temperature display
  • Top tether anchor plate for isofix child seat
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrors
  • Tyre repair kit
  • Passenger seatbelt warning indicator
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Hill hold control
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Centre cabin light
  • 3 rear cupholders
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Both the wife & I have Celerios, as does my daughter-in-law & brother-in-law.

I've been driving for forty years now & I can honestly say that of all the cars I've owned, the Celerio is the one that has made the most sense.

Why? Well for a start, it seems to to run on fresh air! Over three years, all conditions, both our cars have averaged 70-ish mpg. The best I ever got was 76.7 mpg on a long motorway run. We are now paying more for our household water bill than we are for petrol!

Other costs are similarly low. All of our cars are zero road tax (new models aren't due to this environmentally backward Tory government). A year's insurance cost me £183 the other day. Also, as we only do around 5,000 miles a year, we're getting the car serviced every other year now, which is perfectly doable with the synthetic 0W20 oil these cars use.

Then there's the space. The boot's a decent size & although it's a squeeze, it's coped with three adults in the back. The Celerio is admittedly somewhat ugly from the outside but for a small car, it's perfectly proportioned on the inside.

The young are waking up to the fact that us oldies have bequeathed a dangerously unstable, warming world to them. The world needs more people driving efficient, practical cars like the Celerio, not less. I'm genuinely sad that Suzuki have withdrawn the Celerio from sale in the UK.
That's a cheap run about car. Hey if you keep it for 7 years it's only a grand a year plus you'll get at least a grand trading it back in. Makes sense to me if no one else
I would rather walk
Suzuki Celerio scores high for reliability. It's up there with Dacia Sandero for price on a budget city car.

Great for low millage driving, and as said can't lose too much on depreciation.

In this weather I'd rather have this then be walking.
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One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so build quality won’t be all that ( China or Indian made I think). Rather have a used VW up, Skoda Citigo or Seat version over this any day. Wonder what car safety rating is?
Edited by: "Tanni4play" 28th Sep
That's a cheap run about car. Hey if you keep it for 7 years it's only a grand a year plus you'll get at least a grand trading it back in. Makes sense to me if no one else
I would rather walk
I understand that Suzuki are revamping their line up and discontinuing the Celerio ( and also the Baleno) so there should be good deals available on both models.
Suzuki Celerio scores high for reliability. It's up there with Dacia Sandero for price on a budget city car.

Great for low millage driving, and as said can't lose too much on depreciation.

In this weather I'd rather have this then be walking.
Tanni4play28/09/2019 22:45

One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so …One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so build quality won’t be all that ( China or Indian made I think). Rather have a used VW up, Skoda Citigo or Seat version over this any day. Wonder what car safety rating is?


You would rather have one of those three with no warranty?

Good luck.
assembled in thailand just in case someone needs to know
youchoose28/09/2019 22:54

That's a cheap run about car. Hey if you keep it for 7 years it's only a …That's a cheap run about car. Hey if you keep it for 7 years it's only a grand a year plus you'll get at least a grand trading it back in. Makes sense to me if no one else


I'm with you on this one.
Cheap Uber too. Lol
Tanni4play28/09/2019 22:45

One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so …One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so build quality won’t be all that ( China or Indian made I think). Rather have a used VW up, Skoda Citigo or Seat version over this any day. Wonder what car safety rating is?


This and the swift is reason VW tried buying into Suzuki a few years ago. As VW wanted the know how and their tech on making good small cheap reliable cars don’t dismiss them till you have tried one. They bought in but was quickly booted out by Suzuki after VW failed to help Suzuki with engine tech and I believe underpinnings for larger models
My wife's got an SZ3 comes with air con, alloys, DAB, Bluetooth etc, the only thing that hacks me off is no spare wheel. Bought it new 3 years ago, excellent cheap to run underrated car.
It’s a lot of new car for the money. That being said a new Sandero Essential at a grand more is a far better buy in my opinion, bigger car, more space plus air conditioning.
Tanni4play28/09/2019 22:45

One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so …One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so build quality won’t be all that ( China or Indian made I think). Rather have a used VW up, Skoda Citigo or Seat version over this any day. Wonder what car safety rating is?


manufactured by Pak Suzuki Motors in Pakistan
Hammerit4429/09/2019 00:14

manufactured by Pak Suzuki Motors in Pakistan


The ones sold in Europe are built in Thailand
ansonuk129/09/2019 00:44

The ones sold in Europe are built in Thailand


Cant trust wiki...

Auto express says UK cars are assembled in Thailand. Prices for the Celerio start from around £8,000
Tanni4play28/09/2019 22:45

One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so …One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so build quality won’t be all that ( China or Indian made I think). Rather have a used VW up, Skoda Citigo or Seat version over this any day. Wonder what car safety rating is?


Most cars are outsourced even your premium German brands.

What is important is how to was designed and how they manage quality control in their supply chain. Nowadays putting cars like this together is like monkey work.
£145 road tax?? Not quite eco friendly. My 14 plate diesel cmax is only £30 and I still gotta pay the ULEZ!! What gives?!
Both the wife & I have Celerios, as does my daughter-in-law & brother-in-law.

I've been driving for forty years now & I can honestly say that of all the cars I've owned, the Celerio is the one that has made the most sense.

Why? Well for a start, it seems to to run on fresh air! Over three years, all conditions, both our cars have averaged 70-ish mpg. The best I ever got was 76.7 mpg on a long motorway run. We are now paying more for our household water bill than we are for petrol!

Other costs are similarly low. All of our cars are zero road tax (new models aren't due to this environmentally backward Tory government). A year's insurance cost me £183 the other day. Also, as we only do around 5,000 miles a year, we're getting the car serviced every other year now, which is perfectly doable with the synthetic 0W20 oil these cars use.

Then there's the space. The boot's a decent size & although it's a squeeze, it's coped with three adults in the back. The Celerio is admittedly somewhat ugly from the outside but for a small car, it's perfectly proportioned on the inside.

The young are waking up to the fact that us oldies have bequeathed a dangerously unstable, warming world to them. The world needs more people driving efficient, practical cars like the Celerio, not less. I'm genuinely sad that Suzuki have withdrawn the Celerio from sale in the UK.
mecheekymonkey29/09/2019 06:29

£145 road tax?? Not quite eco friendly. My 14 plate diesel cmax is only …£145 road tax?? Not quite eco friendly. My 14 plate diesel cmax is only £30 and I still gotta pay the ULEZ!! What gives?!


That’s the standard minimum rate now
We had a Suzuki Alto (model prior to Celerio I guess). Similar type of car, 1.0L, £20 tax etc. Very cheap around town on fuel, cheap insurance etc but I found that all the serviceable parts for it, plugs, filters, oil etc just seem to be on average more expensive. The Celerio does seem to be an 'uglier' car to the Alto but thats just IMO. Cracking little car for the money.
£145 for the tax let's it down. Should be free on a crapbox
Tanni4play28/09/2019 22:45

One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so …One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so build quality won’t be all that ( China or Indian made I think). Rather have a used VW up, Skoda Citigo or Seat version over this any day. Wonder what car safety rating is?




Surely better to go Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto if you are going the used route on account of their long and transferrable warranty?

Hyundai i10 is imo the best city car out there and this premium spec one for a similar price has 4 years warranty remaining, for instance.

motorpoint.co.uk/veh…048


Or a Picanto with 6 years remaining warranty

motorpoint.co.uk/veh…884
Edited by: "bellboys" 29th Sep
Pauladin9129/09/2019 08:12

£145 for the tax let's it down. Should be free on a crapbox


All petrol and diesel cars with a list price of £40,000 or less registered after April 1st 2017 are £145 a year, there are no exceptions.
ezzer7229/09/2019 08:24

All petrol and diesel cars with a list price of £40,000 or less registered …All petrol and diesel cars with a list price of £40,000 or less registered after April 1st 2017 are £145 a year, there are no exceptions.


Still let's it down. I Would rather get a bigger car for the same tax band. For example my 2017 150bhp seat leon estate is £145 a year
Edited by: "Pauladin91" 29th Sep
Pauladin9129/09/2019 08:42

Still let's it down. I Would rather get a bigger car for the same tax …Still let's it down. I Would rather get a bigger car for the same tax band. For example my 2017 150bhp seat leon estate is £145 a year


I understand that, but you can't get a brand new one of those with warranty for £6999.

A Kia Stinger with 365bhp is only £145 too, just sneaks under the threshold, so you're being ripped off with your 150bhp car on that basis
Should tax cars on fuel,somebody doing 2k a year and somebody doing 30k a year paying the same don't seem fair.
ezzer7229/09/2019 08:45

I understand that, but you can't get a brand new one of those with …I understand that, but you can't get a brand new one of those with warranty for £6999.A Kia Stinger with 365bhp is only £145 too, just sneaks under the threshold, so you're being ripped off with your 150bhp car on that basis


Exactly! Makes this deal feel even worse
Joe90_guy29/09/2019 06:57

Both the wife & I have Celerios, as does my daughter-in-law & …Both the wife & I have Celerios, as does my daughter-in-law & brother-in-law.I've been driving for forty years now & I can honestly say that of all the cars I've owned, the Celerio is the one that has made the most sense. Why? Well for a start, it seems to to run on fresh air! Over three years, all conditions, both our cars have averaged 70-ish mpg. The best I ever got was 76.7 mpg on a long motorway run. We are now paying more for our household water bill than we are for petrol!Other costs are similarly low. All of our cars are zero road tax (new models aren't due to this environmentally backward Tory government). A year's insurance cost me £183 the other day. Also, as we only do around 5,000 miles a year, we're getting the car serviced every other year now, which is perfectly doable with the synthetic 0W20 oil these cars use.Then there's the space. The boot's a decent size & although it's a squeeze, it's coped with three adults in the back. The Celerio is admittedly somewhat ugly from the outside but for a small car, it's perfectly proportioned on the inside.The young are waking up to the fact that us oldies have bequeathed a dangerously unstable, warming world to them. The world needs more people driving efficient, practical cars like the Celerio, not less. I'm genuinely sad that Suzuki have withdrawn the Celerio from sale in the UK.


Great review. Any chance one of yours is up for sale? Don't really want to be paying the road tax on the new one.
The smart thing to do really would be to buy used a pre April 2017 one from a dealer for alot less. Haggle in 2 years warranty as you usually can. Then the free road tax saves you £145 a year which you can use to service and mot every year. That's cheap motoring.
Joe90_guy29/09/2019 08:51

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Sorry, but there is so much wrong in your post there.

You said you do 5,000m a year? MPG shouldn't even be in your top 10 criteria.

The ONLY item that drops out of warranty at 3 years is the audio unit - this is because they are from a 3rd party supplier - we don't apologise too much for this at Kia, because the majority of other manufacturers warrant the entire car for just 3 years...

Low mileage cars should still be serviced annually - brakes can stick, joints can dry up etc. - just because you choose to make the cost saving, doesn't make the Picanto or it's warranty a bad idea.

The proper torque convertor automatic in the i10 and Picanto is a huge selling point, people HATE automated manuals - we get hundreds of people trying to get shut of their ASMs into us every year (including Peugeot/Citroen EGS, and the ASG used in Up/Mii/Citigo etc.), they might use a bit less fuel, but they stop moving at roundabouts etc. Here are some notes from Honest John's website about the VW system;

honestjohn.co.uk/car…od/

The Celerio is a good little runabout for £6999, but isn't in the same league as Picanto/i10.
Pauladin9129/09/2019 09:00

The smart thing to do really would be to buy used a pre April 2017 one …The smart thing to do really would be to buy used a pre April 2017 one from a dealer for alot less. Haggle in 2 years warranty as you usually can. Then the free road tax saves you £145 a year which you can use to service and mot every year. That's cheap motoring.


Aftermarket warranty isn't anywhere near as comprehensive as the cover a new car benefits from.
Lower_for_Longer29/09/2019 08:59

Great review. Any chance one of yours is up for sale? Don't really want …Great review. Any chance one of yours is up for sale? Don't really want to be paying the road tax on the new one.


Sadly not, I love it too much but I would DEFINITELY recommend buying a low mileage 66 Reg model (this being the last model before this brain-dead government stopped incentivising people to buy efficient cars).

All four of our cars were bought pre-Reg or used & we all realised huge savings versus list. My wife's SZ4 auto, we picked up from a dealer, 8 months old, with 40 miles on the clock for the ridiculously low price of £6,500!!

Whilst I genuinely believe Celerios are fundamentally reliable (mainly because of their inherent simplicity) they can go wrong. Mine developed a faulty digital display which was fixed for free under warranty. My brother-in-law's car had the passenger window motor die on him which proved expensive to fix.

One last piece of advice...

If you do go for a Celerio, my advice is get it quick. If Bereft Of Reason Intellect or Scruples gets his way, this country is set for a MAMMOTH recession which will make all past recessions seem mild in comparison. Start your belt tightening early if you want to endure & survive.
Edited by: "Joe90_guy" 29th Sep
ezzer7229/09/2019 09:28

Sorry, but there is so much wrong in your post there.You said you do …Sorry, but there is so much wrong in your post there.You said you do 5,000m a year? MPG shouldn't even be in your top 10 criteria.The ONLY item that drops out of warranty at 3 years is the audio unit - this is because they are from a 3rd party supplier - we don't apologise too much for this at Kia, because the majority of other manufacturers warrant the entire car for just 3 years...Low mileage cars should still be serviced annually - brakes can stick, joints can dry up etc. - just because you choose to make the cost saving, doesn't make the Picanto or it's warranty a bad idea.The proper torque convertor automatic in the i10 and Picanto is a huge selling point, people HATE automated manuals - we get hundreds of people trying to get shut of their ASMs into us every year (including Peugeot/Citroen EGS, and the ASG used in Up/Mii/Citigo etc.), they might use a bit less fuel, but they stop moving at roundabouts etc. Here are some notes from Honest John's website about the VW system;https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/up-2012/good/The Celerio is a good little runabout for £6999, but isn't in the same league as Picanto/i10.


Ah Ezzer! I knew I'd be risking your wrath & ire knocking Kias & Hyundais!!

In my defense I would say the following...

Regarding fuel economy. IMO this has now reached the point where it transcends economics. I now have two perfect, tiny grandchildren. Neither deserve to grow up in a world blighted by climate change. So I try to 'do my bit' for their sake. It's a personal preference.

Regarding automated manuals, yes I do get it. The wife's 2006 Aygo had one & it was pretty rubbish. I was genuinely surprised, when I test drove the new model Aygo auto, that it wasn't that much better. The one on the VW Up! was even worse still (which I guess you already knew!) Then we tried the Celerio...and the auto box it is nigh on perfect. Up until I drove the wife's Celerio, I swore I'd never buy an auto & would always stick with manuals. It seduced me & I liked it so much I bought one for myself.

As regards annual vs biannual servicing, hmmm...there we have to agree to disagree. My dentist recommends I go & see him every six months & because he's a qualified dentist, I might tend to think he must be telling the truth...that is until you see that Porsche 911 parked outside the surgery...and you realise that he's playing you for a mug!
Edited by: "Joe90_guy" 2nd Oct
I bought a 2018 reg one two months ago for £2500 (7000 miles) stolen recovered from insurance company " yeah, I can't believe someone stole this car. Lol). What a brilliant cheap car it is to run. For the price, Full tank of petrol drives me at least 1 extra week compared to the 2015 reg toyota aygo it replaced.
Air con? Don't see it in the specs.
Has anyone found a an auto version of these cheap runaround type cars? Looking for a relative & you look for autos & boom extra 2k please
Tanni4play28/09/2019 22:45

One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so …One ugly car for the money. I think these are not Japanese made either so build quality won’t be all that ( China or Indian made I think). Rather have a used VW up, Skoda Citigo or Seat version over this any day. Wonder what car safety rating is?


Just like jaguars build quality
Joe90_guy29/09/2019 09:29

Sadly not, I love it too much but I would DEFINITELY recommend buying a …Sadly not, I love it too much but I would DEFINITELY recommend buying a low mileage 66 Reg model (this being the last model before this brain-dead government stopped incentivising people to buy efficient cars).All four of our cars were bought pre-Reg or used & we all realised huge savings versus list. My wife's SZ4 auto, we picked up from a dealer, 8 months old, with 40 miles on the clock for the ridiculously low price of £6,500!!Whilst I genuinely believe Celerios are fundamentally reliable (mainly because of their inherent simplicity) they can go wrong. Mine developed a faulty digital display which was fixed for free under warranty. My brother-in-law's car had the passenger window motor die on him which proved expensive to fix.One last piece of advice...If you do go for a Celerio, my advice is get it quick. If Bereft Of Reason Intellect or Scruples gets his way, this country is set for a MAMMOTH recession which will make all past recession seem mild in comparison. Start your belt tightening early if you want to endure & survive.


Thanks for your advice on teh car - very helpful even if somewhat anecdotal.

I have just hit submit on my massive Asda order of tinned tuna and baked beans. I recently leased a garage where I will be storing all of this (amongst other things). Please let me know if anyone gets hungry in the next few years. May the upcoming recession be merciful on all.
I bought a brand new Suzuki swift once... Worst car I've ever owned and never touching Suzuki again. I had two ECU's replaced, water pump failure, clutch release bearing failure, blower can failure all in the first year and under 8000 miles! On top of that they wanted £180 for the first service which was just a oil and filter change and a couple of checks. Parts were silly expensive for what they were as well.
Robbo7729/09/2019 10:01

Air con? Don't see it in the specs.


Air-conditioning in the SZ3 & SZ4 but not the SZ2's.
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