Japanese automotive stalwart Suzuki Philippines’ entry to the subcompact sedan category is the Ciaz. It is meant to compete with the likes of the Honda City, Nissan Almera, and the Toyota Vios. Aside from its modern, elegant styling and tons of safety features, the selling point of the Suzuki Ciaz is its spacious cabin considered to be the best in its class. Expect the utmost comfort inside provided by its roomy head and legroom. With its growing demand in Latin America, Africa, and some parts of Asia, expect this model to grace every road soon. As of the 2021 facelift, the sole variant for the Philippine market is the Ciaz 1.4-liter GL MT.
The Suzuki Ciaz was introduced in 2014 as a replacement for the Suzuki SX4. The Suzuki SX4 was developed in partnership with Fiat, an Italian automobile company. It was then sold both as a front-wheel and four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Though receiving worldwide success and releasing first and second generation, the company decided to upgrade and introduce it as the Suzuki Ciaz in 2016. Currently, this luxurious automobile is enjoyed in China (where it is called the Suzuki Alivio), India, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and other parts of the world.
By 2021, Suzuki Philippines brought in the facelifted Ciaz version, which comes with subtle exterior visual changes, and updated on-board tech.
Aside from its noticeably large size compared to other sedans, the Suzuki Ciaz is undeniably attractive. Its fascia has a well designed horizontal grille bearing the famous “S” logo. Wide halogen headlights with high beam reflectors aid you while driving at night.
Its side has subtle lines from the front wheel up to the taillights, giving this sedan a slight sporty aura. The back is also geared with halogen lamps strategically placed on the panels in the rear quarter.
Overall, the look of this car is premium and can be mistaken for a higher-priced automobile.
To go with its classy aura, the Ciaz’s interior is dominated by the color black. Top variants come with synthetic dark leather panels and seats. Its dashboard, filled with necessities, is made of high-quality plastic. Cupboards, door pockets, and cubby holes are strategically distributed inside letting its passengers store valuables while enjoying the ride.
As stated, it offers a spacious cabin. Its 2,650mm wheelbase provides generous legroom for 5 full-grown adults. Its cargo capacity at the rear is impressive. Its trunk can carry a couple of luggage, boxes, etc. weighing 495 liters.
Technology & Safety Features
The sole Ciaz variant for the Philippines is equipped with a turnkey ignition system, and an eight-inch touchscreen capable of connecting to phones via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth.
In terms of safety, this sedan is built with an anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, an immobilizer for its engine, dual airbags for passengers at the front, childproof locks at the rear doors, and three-point seat belts and lap belts.
Platform & Chassis
The base frame and other significant details of this automobile are inherited from the Suzuki SX4. The new Suzuki Ciaz is set up with a Macpherson Strut suspension at its front wheels and a torsion beam with coil spring at the back. This compact sedan measures 4,490mm long and 1,730 wide and is supported by 15-inch alloy wheels for the GL variant.
Engine & Drivetrain
This front-engine, front-wheel-drive car is powered by a K14B 1.4L DOHC, four-cylinder gasoline engine. It promises to produce 91 hp with a torque of 130 Newton meter. The Philippine-spec Ciaz, as of the 2021 facelift, is only avaialble with a five-speed manual transmission.