Suzuki Celerio

Suzuki has annouced its new Celerio five-door city car will cost from £7,995 when sales start in February 2015.

The budget prices won’t result in paired-back equipment levels, either: every version will have air con, a DAB radio, ESC stability control, Bluetooth connectivity and alloy wheels as standard.

All variants will have six airbags and remote central locking as well.

Stepping up from the base SZ3, the £8,995 SZ4 model will add rear electric windows, front fog lamps and glitzy polished alloy wheels.

Boasting a 68hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, the Celerio will return 65.7mpg and, thanks to CO2 emissions of 99g/km, boast free road tax status.

Later in 2015, an even more fuel-efficient Celerio will be introduced: the Dualjet version will average 78.4mpg and emit 84g/km CO2. This version will have standard engine stop-start to further cut city centre fuel consumption.

Another boon to city drivers later in 2015 will be the arrival of an automated manual gearbox version called AGS. A turning circle of just 9.4 metres may also be advantageous here…

At 3.6 metres long and 1.6 metres wide, the boxy-look Celerio is a very compact city car; despite this, Suzuki claims there’s plenty of space inside for five. The 254-litre boot is impressive too – it’s not far shy of larger superminis.

Question is, how will the new global city car perform? We’ll be finding out in early 2015 – first drives are scheduled for January. Come back then before you place your order!