Despite its obvious value and sporting accomplishment, the Suzuki Kizashi won’t alter the pecking order within Europe’s family saloon market. With the wrong kind of engine, coupled to a transmission that does it few favours, this car is not frugal enough for fleets, nor does it quite have the engaging drive that would lure so many private buyers.

While this isn’t the most accommodating four-door, its price and spec should attract enough customers to meet its targets. But on the keen driver’s behalf, we can’t help wishing ‘if only’. Rarely do family cars come along that tick both the ‘affordable’ and ‘entertaining’ boxes as effectively as the Kizashi might have with a better powertrain. Such a version is likely to be offered before long, says Suzuki GB, with a diesel further off. Until then, the Kizashi is certainly good enough to get the ball rolling.

The Kizashi won’t alter the pecking order within Europe’s family saloon market

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