First bombarded in 2005, the Suzuki APV has come a long way and played important part in the growth of Suzuki in local market. When compared to the cars available in van segment, the APV is more stylish and versatile. In the Philippines, the APV is offered in three variants: GA, GLX and SGX. Despite some distinction in features, all the trims packs the same 1.6L engine providing enough power to make the big van run smoothly on the road. To learn more about this people commuter, keep reading our Suzuki APV Philippines review by Philkotse.com.
The Suzuki APV has come a long way and has played important part in the growth of Suzuki in local market
Suzuki APV Philippines review
2. Suzuki APV 2018 Exterior
The Suzuki APV exterior is up-to-date and elegant. Although the structure and features do not boast anything newer than a usual van, the APV is decked with glossy body lines on its façade and sides that make it a real Suzuki.
Overall, the 2018 APV is boxy and robust with moderately raised headlights. The V-shaped front radiator grille also emanates the simplicity and functionality which go well with its body style.
The Suzuki APV exterior is up-to-date and elegant
The APV is decked with glossy body lines on its façade and sides that make it a real Suzuki
Making the van move is a set of 14-inch steel wheels (in the GA trim) and larger 15-inch alloys (in the GLX and SGX), adding stability and sportiness.
Speaking of dimensions, the entry-level APV measures 4,155 mm long, 1,655 mm wide and 1,865 mm in height. Meanwhile, higher-end models are 75 mm longer. All variants have a long wheelbase of 2,625 mm and a 180 mm ground clearance.
Overall, the 2018 Suzuki APV exterior is boxy and robust
Opening the door, slipping inside the cabin and you’ll find cavernous space for seven occupants. These seven seats are well arranged in three rows to offer decent passage for the passengers.
The 2018 Suzuki APV interior looks good with light-colored quality upholstery. That look is further enhanced by the dash made of soft plastic and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It’s free from doubt that your whole family will feel the peace and supreme warmth while enjoying trips with this companion.
Opening the door, slipping inside the cabin and you’ll find cavernous space for seven occupant
These seven seats are well arranged in three rows to offer decent passage for the passengers
Being a van and the APV’s boot space is decidedly sizable. With the second and third rows folded, you can get a “grotto” of up to 3,400L to store stuff.
What’s more, dual aircon will cool all the passengers during every ride while the infotainment system comprising AM/FM sound system and CD player is responsible for keeping them entertained. USB and Aux connectivity are likewise at your fingertips.
Being a van and the APV’s boot space is decidedly sizable
The infotainment system comprising AM/FM sound system and CD player is responsible for keeping you entertained
As stated earlier, the easy-to-drive Suzuki APV 2018 is propelled by a 1.6L SOHC power plant with multi-function injection to give emphasis to its overall performance and efficiency. The engine is light and compact that maintains low friction for better performance, low carbon emission and decent fuel economy. It can eke out total output of 91 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and a peak torque of 127 at 2,500 rpm and it comes paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed automatic to intensify driving efficiency.
The easy-to-drive Suzuki APV 2018 is propelled by a 1.6L SOHC power plant
As for the acceleration, the van is well capable of whirring from the standstill to 100 km/h within 17.8 seconds before topping out 140 km/h. The Suzuki APV is very fuel-efficient. It sips fuel at around 8.9L/100km on combined driveways.
The engine maintains low friction for better performance, low carbon emission and decent fuel economy
5. Suzuki APV 2018 Philippines Price
Despite the excise taxes, the APV price only increases by P30,000 for the mid-range and top-spec model, while the pricing for entry-level variant stays unchanged. In particular, for 2018, the Suzuki APV cost goes from P588,000 to P660,000. There’s no denying that this is one of the most affordable vans in the market today.
The APV is one of the most affordable vans in the market today
6. Suzuki APV 2018 Specs
Suzuki APV 2018 Philippines Specs
Tread (Front & Rear)
Minimum Turning Radius
Minimum Ground Clearance
Engine & Transmission
Numbers of Cylinder
Numbers of Valves
91 hp @ 5,750 rpm
127 Nm @ 4,500 rpm
Rack & Pinion w/ Hydraulic Assist
Front: Ventilated Disc
Rear: Leading & Trailing Drum
MacPherson Strut w/ Coil Spring
Rigid Axle w/ Leaf Spring
3-Link Rigid Axle w/ Coil Spring
185 / 80R14
195 / 65R15
15" Alloy Wheels
15" Alloy Wheel
Luggage (3rd Row Seats Folded)
Curb Weight (kg)
1,210 - 1,235
1,300 - 1,340
Gross Vehicle Weight
3-pt ELR x 6 + Center Lapbelt on 2rd Row
3-pt ELR x 7
w/ Pre-tensioner, Force Limiter & Height Adjuster
Height Adjuster Only
Childproof Rear Door Locks
Side Impact Beams
Keyless Entry System (Remote Control)
Power Door Locks
Power Side Mirrors
Integrated w/ AM, FM, CD, MP3, USB, & AUX
Steering Wheel Integrated Audio Controls
Fuel Consumption Gauge
Light Off Reminder Alarm
Key Left Reminder Alarm
Driver's Seatbelt Reminder Lamp
7. Suzuki APV 2018 Philippines: Verdict
All things considered, the Suzuki APV 2018 Philippines is a great people carrier featuring good-looking appearance, spacious room to spare, an efficient engine under its hood and more importantly, a competitive price tag. So whether it is for pleasure or business, you can certainly live life to the fullest and enjoy more in the APV way. To be frank, it will be better for your family than a steep Hiace or Starex. Trust us.
Whether it is for pleasure or business, you can certainly live life to the fullest and enjoy more in the APV way
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