2010 Suzuki Kizashi User Reviews
SLS FWD shown
- $9,714 - $12,949
- No trim specified for this review
- Well made and absolutely loaded with features
Purchased As New
I tend to keep cars for a long time. I had a 1996 Maxima GV which served me well. Initially I had only a few requirements for a new car, ?.. 4 cylinder, ?above average? acceleration, ULP, leather seats and a manual. I was not too keen on a ?common? looking car and I would take note of the country of origin.
As I had plenty of time, I looked at many cars, Hyundais, Renaults, Subarus, Fords, Hondas, Mazdas, Toyotas, Nissans, Holden (GM) and even had a look at the Audi (A3 and A4). I heard about the Kizashi which came out in Australia in May. The more I looked at it the better it seemed to be. I read all the blogs, paying particular attention to what the actual owners said, taking only a passing interest on what the professionals wrote (as they can come with a lot of baggage). The owners feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with the exception of a few that unfortunately had a problem with the paint work chipping. Mine (and the overwhelming majority of owners) show no such problems. The car is eye catching and absolutely loaded with features. I chose an XLS CVT demo
What factors brought me to decide on a Kizashi??
Firstly, this is Japanese designed and made, with the full weight of Suzuki?s racing pedigree brought to bear, in what is a white hot and widely contested market segment. VW owns part of Suzuki. That is good breeding to start with. Suzuki are world leaders in motorcycle and outboard technology. They have come on in leaps and bounds in the small car segment. When they turned their attention to the mid sized market, they simply couldn?t afford to go in with a dud. All the indications, in my opinion, are that they haven?t.
Secondly (and most importantly), there is a lot that is not obvious and showy about the car. Tell me any other car in the class that has a forged crankshaft, a timing chain (not a belt), aluminium pistons with low tensile force rings, forged connecting rods, balance shafts, hydraulic valve lifters and coil-over ignition. Add to that, a multi-link fully independent suspension. No semi-trailing arms or torsion beams to be seen. You wont one any car. It doesn?t have world beating acceleration not helped by its weight, but it is certainly ?above average? and more than adequate in my books.
Thirdly the features ticked all the boxes for me. Keyless entry, sunroof, fantastic sound system, CVT with paddles, heated seats, efficient dual zone aircon, economy, airbags everywhere, stability-traction-cruise control, electric seats, rain sensing wipers etc etc. I initially preferred manual as I wanted to keep my double declutching skills current, but I was won over, in short time, by the CVT and paddles.
Finally the driving experience. So so good on the road. It corners well, makes little noise, is peppy and is eye catching (with the lines being just a little bit on the edgy side).
Bottom line?, I am of the opinion that this car is a good performer, a pleasure to drive and is better engineered than anything in its category and price level.
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