Japanese manufacturer, Suzuki, is probably best known for its small 4x4s and swift, nimble hatchbacks. Suzuki Kizashi, the latest addition to the fleet, heads off in a new direction instead, putting it in direct competition with family saloon heavyweights such as Ford Mondeo and the BMW 3 series.
On first glance, the Kizashi looks quite meaty, thanks to the lowered suspension and 18-inch alloys. This is a fairly technologic car, whose seemingly endless spec list includes a full leather interior with electric seats, sunroof, fog lamps, rain sensing wipers, parking sensors front and rear, reversing camera, SAT NAV, automatic HID headlights, cruise control, keyless entry, dual zone climate control and Bluetooth Stereo with USB.
Underneath, the Kizashi runs with 4 wheel drive on a 2.4 litre VVT four-cylinder. Shared across the range, this engine pushes out 176bhp and is linked to a CVT automatic gearbox, making the driving experience particularly smooth. Emission-wise, expect about 34mpg, and CO2 levels around 191g/km.
The chassis ride is comfortable and compliant. Handling, however, is the Kizashis best feature. It’s agile and nimble, boasting the ability to corner with the feeling of a much smaller car.
As a practical car, you can also fit an impressive 461 litres of luggage inside. Better yet, the Kizashi offers rear seats that fold down for that extra room. Up front, headroom measures 39.3 inches, which is surprisingly roomy compared to competitors.
No worries about packing the vehicle up with all your work equipment, either: the interior can take a bruising with its solid-build, quality materials. Featuring an impressive eight airbags, and scoring high in safety crash tests, you can also be confident that the family will be well protected should the unmentionable ever happen.
As a first entry to the market from Suzuki, the Kiyashi delivers value for money on all levels. High-quality interior and fun driveability make this Suzuki a pleasant surprise for anyone looking for a change to their family run-around.