Suzuki Ciaz RS: The last chance saloon?



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Suzuki sedans have so far fared poorly in Singapore, but there are big hopes for the Ciaz

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SINGAPORE — There are fans of Suzuki cars, and there are fans of four-door sedans. Until now they have not had much chance to overlap, but the Suzuki Ciaz RS could help with that.

The Ciaz is a 1.4-litre, four-door car aimed at budget-minded buyers, though pricing details from local distributor Champion Motors have yet to be released.

One obvious rival is Hyundai’s Accent, which is marginally smaller than the Suzuki. That car costs $99,399 with COE for a six-speed automatic version. The Suzuki is priced from $103,400 with COE, with a launch promo that adds five years’ servicing, an in-car camera and 3M solar film.

Above that price sits the basic Toyota Vios 1.5E, for $108,888. 

It may be pricier but the Ciaz has size on its side, being 4,490mm long and 1,730mm wide while the Accent measures 4,370mm by 1,700mm and the Vios, 4,410mm and 1,700mm. The Suzuki has by far the longest wheelbase, at 2,650mm (against 2,570mm and 2,550mm).

  Length (mm) Width (mm) Wheelbase (mm)
Suzuki Ciaz RS 4,490 1,730 2,650
Hyundai Accent 4,370 1,700 2,570
Toyota Vios  4,410 1,700 2,550

Indeed, Suzuki seems to be counting on big car features to tempt buyers. The Ciaz has an enormous boots, at 495 litres in size, and given its long wheelbase it should offer relatively generous levels of space for rear passengers.

It’s also available with features like automatic climate control, keyless entry and engine starting, and even a touchscreen navigation system. It has Bluetooth connectivity, a reverse view camera, and there are audio controls on the steering wheel. These are likely part of a $3,000 “Premium” pack.

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The “RS” part of its name involves some racy-looking bodykitting: spoilers all around the car, and RS emblems here and there.

It’s all there for show, given the modesty of what lies under the bonnet. The Ciaz RS has a 1.4-litre engine rated at 92 horsepower and a four-speed auto. It’s good for 18.5km/L, which should be frugal enough to qualify it for a $5,000 CEVS rebate.

It looks good on paper so far for the made-in-Thailand Ciaz RS. Though Suzuki has so far found little success with four-door cars in Singapore, pricing will define the car’s prospects far more than what it offers. It crosses the $100,000 mark, which could test the limits of what customers are willing to pay. While buyers want maximum metal at this end of the market, they also expect to pay minimal money.

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