Rental Car Remote Impression: 2018 Suzuki Celerio – “It Was Nice”

My wife and kids are currently in Thailand while I toil away here.  I awoke this morning to a text from them that included a few pictures of them and their rental car.  I had no idea they were planning on driving anywhere and was immediately intrigued so I requested more pictures and information but got no response as my morning is their night and vice versa…I figured they’ve seen me do this and should know the drill by now so I expected more later and they didn’t disappoint.

So I quickly figured out that this is a Suzuki Celerio, the smallest car that Suzuki makes.  Apparently it is built in Thailand as well as India and Pakistan.  Introduced in 2014, it’s a “City Car”, i.e. the smallest class of cars but larger than some of the competition.  I have to say the front shot looks great, this looks to be a thoroughly modern car.

This picture is the last of the initial three, the others are from the end of their day just before they returned the car.  I’m thinking this car is similar to the Mitsubishi Mirage that we currently get in the states.  In the markets it is available in it competes with the Hyundai i10, Chevy Beat, Ford Figo, and Honda Brio amongst others.

This is from the new set of pictures after a day of driving along muddy roads on the island of Koh Lanta.  I’m impressed they opened the hood for us.  The engine is a 1.0liter 3-cylinder, in effect similar to the VW Polo I drove in Iceland a few years back.  However, this one supposedly has 68hp which is quite a bit more than the Polo’s 60 (13% more!)  There is also a twin-cylinder diesel available.  They got an automatic which is either an automated manual or a CVT, (a manual 5-speed is also available).

It appears that they got the high-zoot version with power windows and some sort of radio.  The seats look comfortable.

I’m not sure why I got pictures of a muddy floormat but it appears the rental car came equipped with rubber mats.  The seat still looks comfortable.  The mats started out clean but the roads were muddy and they got in and out of the car during the day.

The back seat area looks fairly roomy, certainly large enough for kids and likely adults as well as long as they aren’t expecting Cadillac Fleetwood room.

One cupholder.  No wonder Suzuki didn’t make it in America.  More muddy floormats.

Trunk looks roomy enough.  This isn’t the car for the IKEA run but to get a few coconuts or whatever from the market it’ll suffice.

The materials looks tough and durable.  Exactly what you want when you need to maximize value for the dollar.  Or baht.  The outside looks solid as well, I suppose it needs to be to withstand attacks from monkeys such as the one they witnessed in town as they were having lunch.  People feed the monkeys (against advice) and then stop feeding them and try to leave and the monkey wants more food so ends up attacking the car.  It was a highlight of the day, serves those other tourists right.

After driving around all day on muddy roads on an island that is 35km long (or around?) it apparently took 4 liters of fuel to get the fuel level two bars higher to again match what it started at.  That sounds pretty good but is all the info I could get on fuel economy.  4 liters = 2 bars = all good.

The rental fee was $40 for the day which is probably pretty good for a walk-up rate.  The car worked well, is red, and even has a rear wiper.  When pressed about more details regarding driving impressions, handling, acceleration, noise levels, and the sort of stuff we are all interested in, I was told “It was nice.”  So there you have it, when in Thailand, look up the above rental car company and get yourself a nice car!