Suzuki has always been a bit of a lurker in the ever growing C segment. This need not be the case with their passenger Suzuki Ciaz, however. Finally, a vehicle that can hold a rather big fighting stick to that of the Toyota Corolla.
Based on the SX4, the Ciaz is pretty spacious inside. While it’s made in India and the interior makes this apparent, build quality is by no means shameful. The specification level in their top of the range GLX is impressive and, by that, I mean it hands you everything you need and possibly a little more.
The Ciaz also shares its engine with the Ertiga, the multi-purpose people carrier, or mommy van if you’d like to call it that. The 1.4 makes a rather decent 70kw and because of the light weight of the Ciaz, it actually feels pretty nippy and will run up toward illegal speeds very quickly. 0 – 100 figures are around 11 seconds and, while not in the territory of any hot hatches, it actually feels pretty strong for a 1.4, all thanks to the weight being a tad over 1 ton. The fuel tank, while being an average size of 43l, will see you over 700km in range all depending how you drive. We managed high 5’sl per 100km on our combined cycle.
The Ciaz features electric windows, remote central locking, single zone climate control and a blue tooth/USB media interface. Our GLX model also featured a pretty decent leather interior and leather steering trim. Anti-lock braking, brake assist with brake distribution is also standard as well as 2 airbags with side impact door beams.
One of the things that impressed us the most was the cabin space. There is plenty of room behind both passenger and driver, and even my 1.9m frame would easily fit in the back. Boot space is also claimed at 368l.
The ride quality is smooth, with soft suspension and this makes it perfect for the urban commute. There is naturally some body roll and I would expect this, especially coming from India where the roads are plagued with bumps and potholes. The Ciaz soaks it all up though.
The biggest competitor is the Toyota Quest and, while they match near in price, the GLX has it beaten almost everywhere else in terms of space, features and comfort.
We know where we would spend our money.
The Suzuki Ciaz GLX retails for R202 500 and features a 3 year 100 000km warranty and a 3 year 60 000 maintenance plan.
For more info, Suzuki.co.za