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First impressions of the Suzuki Kizashi 2013

24 January 2013 One Comment

Suzuki-KizashiSuzuki’s Kizashi is their first foray into the highly competitive family saloon class. Not that you would know it to looking at, or driving the car itself. It is only with a glance at the options sheet that one of the main limitations is revealed. There is only one choice of engine.

That is not to say the chosen power plant, a 2.4 litre four-cylinder unit, is not a good one. It is just an example of how a smaller development budget makes the direct comparison with rival machines is more difficult than it might be.

There is much about the Kizashi to recommend it. The quality of a Suzuki car is evident everywhere you look. The handsome styling and precise build quality often give you the feeling you are driving a car from a far higher bracket. There are niggles, but with each passing mile I found myself willing to forgive the odd idiosyncrasy instrument or control placement.

The Sport model tested looks sleek and purposeful, sitting lower and closer to the stylish 10 spoke alloy wheels. Front and rear, the bodywork is sportier with flashes of chrome dotted about to let onlookers know this is something a little bit special. And of course, the obligatory boot lid spoiler if they are left in any doubt.

Inside, the cabin feels roomy and the leather seats comfortable, if a little on the hard side. These days it seems commonplace for manufacturers to offer seating which is a good compromise for a trip to the shops which takes in a lap of the Nuburgring. These are firm, but it is a reasonable balance for a sportier machine such as this.

As you would expect from a Suzuki, the car scored 5 stars in ANCAP testing. The list of standard safety features is impressive with ABS and a plethora of airbags including curtain and driver knee. Other standard driver aids include stability and traction control, emergency brake assist and braking management. Allied to all wheel drive (AWD), the Kizashi boasts a notably impressive array of safety features and driver aids.

Under the bonnet, the variable valve technology (VVT) technology assists fuel economy while at the same time boosting performance. However, the weight of the car and relatively low torque mean that the engine needs to be revved to access the performance on offer.

The ride is quiet and allows progress to be made in comfort. The AWD system makes the car feel more planted in less than perfect driving conditions, but can be switched off to improve fuel economy for motorway driving should you so desire.

The quality of a Suzuki car, in a family saloon? It is certainly seems a very promising combination.

One Comment »

  • Thabo said:

    AWD? Which country are you in?


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