Suzuki Kizashi Road Test

Suzuki Kizashi Interior
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Suzuki Kizashi Review

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The Suzuki Kizashi’s cabin is comfortable and nicely equipped, with some soft-touch surfaces on the dashboard and doors, and leather trim for the steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake cover.

Comfort and Refinement

The Suzuki Kizashi’s cabin is comfortable and nicely equipped, with some soft-touch surfaces on the dashboard and doors, and leather trim for the steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake cover. Some of the other plastic surfaces are not as classy as you might like, though. Although not as roomy a bigger-bodied rivals like the Mondeo and Passat, the Kizashi is reasonably spacious for four adults, with adequate knee-room all round, but rear headroom that is slightly squashed for taller passengers. The boot is a good size at 461 litres.

Refinement is generally quite good in normal driving. The engine is equipped with balancer shafts to minimise vibration. Put your foot hard down to accelerate, though, and the engine revs rise steeply and it becomes a bit raucous.

The car is well equipped with very little extra that you might want to add. The standard specification includes leather upholstery, an electric sunroof, cruise control and electrically-adjustable front seats with seat heaters.

Safety and Security

The Suzuki Kizashi comes equipped with seven airbags as standard kit, including a driver’s knee airbag. An ESP electronic anti-skid system is also standard. Both an immobiliser and alarm are fitted. The car has not been tested under the Euro NCAP programme.

Infotainment

There is an eight-speaker radio and CD system included in the car’s standard specification, and both Bluetooth and USB connectivity are included. Touch-screen navigation is available as an option that can be fitted at a dealer.

Rivals
  • Ford Mondeo
  • Vauxhall Insignia
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Subaru Legacy Estate
  • Audi A4 quattro
What We Liked
  • Comfortable, well-equipped cabin
  • Good grippy handling
  • Four-wheel-drive for sure-footed performance driving
  • Good pace and kit for the price
  • Interesting body styling
What We Disliked
  • Revvy behaviour with CVT transmission
  • Fuel economy not great
What We Would Like To See
  • Diesel option with better mpg and lower CO2
  • Manual gearbox
  • A bit more room inside
Conclusion

If you want something a bit different from the better-known big family saloon and hatchback models, the Suzuki Kizashi is an interesting alternative. It is very well equipped with lots of standard kit, is quite sporty looking, and has the advantage of switchable four-wheel-drive. But it is competing with some very good cars indeed in one of the most fiercely contested areas of the car market, and it does not necessarily offer the best driving experience for the money. Consider it if it matters to you not to see too many like it on the road. It certainly has novelty value.

29 December 2011 Sue Baker
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Suzuki Kizashi Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSuzuki Kizashi
  
Body TypeSaloon
ColourMineral Grey
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.8 seconds
Top Speed 127 mph
  
TransmissionCVT Automatic
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban25.0 mpg
Extra Urban42.8 mpg
Combined34.0 mpg
  
Insurance Group26
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 years / 60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 29/12/11)£21,995

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