The Kizashi’s high specification and low price are compelling motivators for the private buyers who are almost certain to make up the majority of 500 buyers Suzuki forecasts every year. Carbon dioxide emissions of 191g/km and a benefit-in-kind tax liability of 28 percent (compared with 25 percent for a like-for-like Mondeo) make it unlikely to find buyers on company car fleets.
With prices just announced, our sources couldn’t supply a residual value forecast for the Kizashi at the time that these words were written, but don’t expect outstanding numbers. Petrol-powered saloons of this size are usually prone to shedding value. Limited used supply may be something of a saving grace but, just as Citroën discovered with its C6, it can’t hold back the tide of depreciation forever.
Economy should be this gearbox’s redeeming characteristic but, mated to a fairly large four-cylinder petrol engine, it struggles towards unexceptional results. We had hoped for better than 37.9mpg from our touring test. Urban fuel efficiency is more likely to meet your expectations but remains, at best, pretty average.