eing a fan of the Suzuki family we were eager to test out the new Ciaz 1.4 GLX Manual. Competing in the compact sedan segment for the first time, Suzuki’s new addition to the brand now rounds off it’s exciting range. I’ve always enjoyed the manufacturer’s quality build of cars as the Swift, Swift DZire – which is just a bit smaller than the Ciaz – and Jimny prove just how good they are by their presence in numbers in day to day traffic.
Having driven the Ciaz in and around town for the first few days we found the new sibling very comfortable and spacious. This sparked a willingness to take it out onto the open road and see just how it fairs as it would in-situ fully loaded like the average family getaway.
Most cars these days tick boxes as they meet your expectations from what you’ve seen and heard, but none quite like the Ciaz. The difference with the Ciaz was it felt like I had always owned one from the word get go.
The best part is how Suzuki managed to cram in the standard features with power windows, side-mirrors, remote central locking, 16inch alloy wheels, aircon, six-speaker CD audio, Bluetooth, USB and Aux connectivity all apart of the standard package for R197 000. It is very well priced in the least considering pricing includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty, and a three-year/60 000 km service plan.
You soon realise it has great power when driving the five-speed manual 1.4 ltr petrol engine, and that said the consumption is good too. Claimed at 5.5km/100km I only managed to get it as low as 6.5litres for a short bit. Provided the aircon is off, the car performs relatively well with a heavy load, but when you consider the size of vehicle you are in and the engine it’s got, it’s really impressive. I learnt later that the vehicle weighs in at just 1540kg, which explains the great fuel efficiency.
From the moment you hit the cruise control on the multi-function steering wheel, which is also standard, you really get to see just how smooth and spacious this streamlined four-door is.
Sitting inside you know your are safe with Suzuki’s standard safety protection like dual airbags, side-impact beams and anti-lock braking systems to mention just a few.
Luckily we got to take it on some of the Free State’s less kept roads where you really got the feel of just how good Ciaz’s surface contact is thanks to super smooth suspension, even as we were dodging the ever present potholes.
In all honesty the amount of car you get for the price is excellent. I wouldn’t be surprised at the sales figures of the Ciaz by the end of this year, considering how crammed full of extras the car comes with as standard.