The Celerio is outstandingly comfortable for a car this small and inexpensive.
First, it’s easy to get in and out, thanks to a higher-than-average roof at 1.5 metres. That gets you tall doors – and inside, loads of head room. There is enough space for four adults, even long-legged ones.
The driving position can accommodate a very wide range of people. (But it would suit some people even better if you could adjust the steering column for reach.)
Though they may look flat, the seat cushions feel firmly supportive even after a couple of hours’ driving in them. Note however that the front headrests do protrude too far forward for some people.
The Celerio has four face-level ventilation outlets (two at either end of the dashboard and a pair high up in the centre). All provide enough air volume to reach even rear-seat passengers, even on hot days.
Novice drivers especially will appreciate the functional simplicity of the appealingly symmetrical dashboard, with its clear instruments, big dials, logical heater and vent controls, and a very straightforward audio system. The Bluetooth phone connectivity is also clear and reliable.
Slim roof pillars and deep windows all round are a boon for tight city manoeuvring, reducing blind spots and making parking much easier than in many other cars.
On some kinds of coarse bitumen you do hear tyre noise in the cabin, and it’s especially obvious in the back seat. Wet roads splash a lot of water-related sounds into the wheelarches, too.