THE Suzuki Ciaz is packed with features and by looking at its dimensions, it looks to be the longest and widest in the segment. Suzuki hopes the new Ciaz will attract buyers looking for a bigger, more upmarket car without an upmarket price tag.
The design is practical and stylish, yet easily identifiable as a Suzuki. The front sports a familiar three-slat grille finished in chrome with the large ‘S’ badge on its nose. To add even more style to the front of the car, Suzuki has incorporated stylish front headlights with more chrome detailing. Towards the lower end of the bumper you can expect to find fog lights, which complement the sophisticated image the designers were aiming for.
There’s a shadow character-line running down the side of the Ciaz, as well as chrome detailing around the side windows. At the rear you can expect to find large taillights; the boot lid has more chrome garnish and boot space is around 495 litres.
The interior of the Ciaz complements its external upmarket image. Thankfully, the interior’s colours are dominated by black and grey versus the tan and brown we’ve seen in other Suzuki models. Functional ergonomics and a couple of storage areas and cup holders add practicality to the interior.
The range will be made up of three models: Suzuki Ciaz 1.4 GL manual is the entry-level model with a chrome-finished grille, colour-coded door handles and exterior mirrors, front and rear mud flaps, green-tinted windows, 15-inch steel wheels with covers, electric windows and exterior mirrors, remote central locking, air conditioning, six-speaker audio system with FM/AM/ CD/Bluetooth/USB and auxiliary input.
The two other models, namely, the Ciaz 1.4 GLX manual and GLX automatic, both get 16-inch alloy wheels, additional chrome finishes, leather seats, multifunction steering wheel, chrome gear knob and keyless entry. All models come with ABS brakes with EBD and EBA, dual front airbags, integrated alarm/immobiliser and childproof rear door locks.
Powering the new Suzuki Ciaz is the K14B 70kW/130Nm 1.4-litre, four-cylinder engine. We’ve come across this engine many times and it is a decent performer but most of all is its efficiency. So when Suzuki claims a consumption figure of between 5.4 and 5.5 litres/100km don’t expect it to be far off.