June 09, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2022 Suzuki Celerio GL AGS

Stylish Affordable Mobility

The 3rd generation Suzuki Celerio is the largest and most accomplished in the model range history armed with the most potential ever. Once again optimizing the lightweight HEARTECT platform, the all-new Celerio compared to its predecessor is 95 mm longer, 55 mm wider, and 15 mm taller on a 10 mm longer wheelbase while weighing approximately 25 kg more.

The updated K10C Dualjet engine produces the same power as before with the K10B unit but it is now more fuel efficient and allows optional tuning options depending on the market where the Suzuki micro city car is sold. In the Indian market only, where the model range is built, for example, they have an even more frugal Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) variant that produces 56 bhp / 60 lb-ft. The other two engine options that Maruti Suzuki builds are what I had hoped that Suzuki Philippines would have imported to optimize the all-new model further and make it exceedingly more compelling; the Mild Hybrid version with an additional 3 bhp / 37 lb-ft (which is sold in Japan and Europe) and the 109 bhp @ 5500 rpm / 125 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 rpm direct injection turbo version which would have made the Celerio quite a spunky little hatch.

Our Speedy Blue Metallic test unit (also available in Arctic White Pearl, Fire Red, and Glistening Grey Metallic) was packaged with the slightly more expensive AGS transmission with Hill Hold Control (pioneered by Maruti Suzuki for the segment, the automatic transmission uses a shift control actuator operated by the transmission ECU for automatic clutch operation and gear shifts) that is also available in the popular and more powerful Dzire sedan model where it functions with even more spirit thanks to the more powerful 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine. The all-new design is remarkably the best looking of the very affordable model series. The Urbane Black 15-inch alloys are a nice contrast mounted with tactile 175/60R15 81H Yokohama BluEarth FE AE30 tires.

As a Celerio, it is at its best. In the micro/mini compact car segment, it is competitive with its own unique behavior and packaging. I like the unique instrumentation with the digital tachometer and how nimble it is around town. Brake performance and handling are appropriate for the little hatch and it does have dual airbags combined with standard stability control as well. The trunk has a capacity of 295-liters with a 60:40 split folding rear seat. The rear legroom is significantly more spacious than before and the seat cushions are quite comfortable. The 6.2-inch infotainment system may only have 4-speakers but it does work and sound pretty good, I just wish Suzuki Philippines added the rear video feature as standard equipment to support the dual rear sonar. It is a very good entry-level hatchback with current sensibilities.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-3
Displacement 998 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 12V
Fuel Injector Multipoint, Dual VVT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 67 bhp @ 5600 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 66 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Transmission 5-speed AGS

Performance

Top Speed 152 km/h (95 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 12.8 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 26 km/L overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 754,000.00 (PhP 708,000.00 for 5-Speed Manual Transmission)
What's Great Major overall redesign, another strong affordable consumer option in the market, fuel efficiency, more spacious now, Engine Auto Stop Start System (EASS) to help efficiency and reduce carbon footprint on idle.
What's Not So No smart key/push button ignition, no rear camera, halogen headlights, no rear passenger a/c vents.
C! Editors Rating 8/10
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