Choosing a practical, economical car that doesn't break the bank can be a difficult and timely job. With so many models of cars on offer, where do you start? One of the best ways is to compare your shortlist of cars side-by-side and see how they match up. Prioritise the important features you're looking for, and give the cars an overall score.
This is exactly what we've done in our latest head-to-head. We've pitched the 2017 Suzuki Celerio against some of its closest rivals: the Skoda Citigo, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10. All these cars are aimed at those wanting a compact but practical car, with low running costs and that is comparatively cheap to buy. As you're reading this article, we're going to assume you're one of those!
Just because a car doesn't break the bank balance, doesn't mean you have to compromise on comfort, safety and technology so we've taken all these into consideration to help you decide.
|Celerio SZ3 1.0||Skoda Citigo S 1.0||Hyundai i10 SE 1.0||Kia Picanto 1 1.0|
|Boot Space (Litres)||254||251||252||200|
On each of the comparisons we awarded a score to the car which came out on top. Where there were any comparisons in which the cars were equal then each received a point.
As can be seen, the Celerio scored a point in every single category, proving what we already knew which is that it's one of the best small cars currently on the market.
The Skoda Citigo only secured a single point in the comparison and this was for having a USB socket. The Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto came closer to the Celerio in terms of features, but fell short with their combined MPG and CO2 values which in turn translates to increased running costs. The i10's boot is almost as large as the Celerio's impressive 254 litre figure, but the Picanto's is a marked 21% smaller, which could certainly impact your getaways.
In terms of purchase price, the Celerio SZ3 eclipses its competitors. It's £86 cheaper than the more basic Citigo, £551 cheaper than the Picanto and a massive £1,096 cheaper than the i10. For it's £8,899 price point, the Celerio is not only the cheapest of the line-up, it's also the most economical, most practical (with its whopping 254 litre boot) and is equipped with more features than all of the others.
So in short, if you're after a practical and economical car that doesn't break the bank - the Suzuki Celerio should be on your shortlist. Why not take it for a test drive and see if it's the car for you?