As the least expensive vehicle considered in this year’s survey, the Suzuki Celerio certainly started its campaign on the right foot.
Tiny engines are the norm in this class; however, the Suzi’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder is really small and, at 4.7L/100km, uses less fuel based on the official combined cycle test than each of its three- and four-pot rivals. Its annual insurance premium of $524.13 made the Celerio the second least-expensive car to insure of the whole field, while a 46 percent three-year retained value forecast means it sheds just over $7000 in three years, which is less than any other Gold Star contender.
No car is cheaper to own. Only the Suzuki’s three-year, 100,000km warranty falls short of best practice.
Kia’s tyke has spice – the Picanto is unexpectedly good fun – and it costs more than the Celerio only because it has a standard four-speed slusher; consider the Celerio with an auto and the Picanto triumphs, just as it does in the warranty stakes.
The Spark’s sole win comes in annual insurance cost, at $501.96; no car considered for 2016 costs less to cover comprehensively. Solid showings elsewhere ensure it a solid third place, making it as good to buy as it is to drive – as far as city cars go.
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