Suzuki Celerio now even cheaper

Suzuki Celerio

The Suzuki Celerio city car is now even more accessible, with the introduction of a new entry-level model.

Badged 'SZ2' and priced from just £6,999, the new model is amongst Britain's cheapest new cars, being just £1,000 more expensive than the entry-level version of the Dacia Sandero.

Despite its bargain-basement price, the SZ2 is reasonably equipped, boasting electric front windows, central locking, CD player and DAB digital radio, as well as safety kit in the form of ESP and six airbags.

The SZ2 is some £1,000 cheaper than the previous entry-point to the Celerio range, the SZ3, and takes the total number of models available up to five.

Suzuki is hoping that the Celerio will appeal to more than just buyers' wallets. The Japanese brand claims interior space vastly superior to its rivals, as well as class-leading load space, which measures in at 254 litres with the rear seats in place.

Buyers will be able to spec their Celerio SZ2 with Suzuki's Dualjet petrol motor. The 67bhp 1.0-litre, three-cylinder unit is capable of returning 78.4mpg, and emits 84g/km of CO2, meaning free vehicle tax under the current rules. Expect a top speed of just under 100mph and a 0-62mph time of around 13 seconds.

A lesser 1.0-litre engine is also available, with slightly worse economy and CO2 emissions, at 65.7mpg and 99g/km respectively.

Both engines power the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox; the only transmission option other than on range-topping SZ4 AGS models, which are equipped with an automatic gearbox.

The Suzuki Celerio SZ2 is available to order now.