MotorWeek Road Test: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi
Suzuki Kizashi is a bright dynamic D-class sedan, which harmoniously combines the elegance of a European silhouette, high Japanese quality, impeccable comfort, excellent technical characteristics and uncompromising safety. The use of modern technology provides excellent performance that can make driving enjoyable and safe. In the fall of 2010, Suzuki Kizashi entered the Russian market. The name of the car is symbolic: the word Kizashi (Kizashi) in Japanese means “foreshadowing” or “sign of great changes”.
The modern style allows the car to easily adapt in many countries - this was the primary goal of the Japanese manufacturer. There are also sports-style notes, which can be clearly seen from the large logo on the grille, the expressive wheels, the interesting shape of the rear lights and two exhaust pipes. Head optics gives the car a very original look, due to the decorative rings integrated into the headlights.
The main achievement of Kizashi designers is that a wide car with a spacious interior looks very compact. The volume of internal space is increased due to the wheelbase (2700 mm). Efficient use of internal space is complemented by high quality finishes and stylish design. The interior of the cabin creates the impression of luxury and presentability. The matte finish of the decorative elements and the center console in the “luxury” version are in harmony with the upholstery material. Convenient location of all functional controls, makes it easy to control the car and monitor the performance of the dashboard. Rear seats will provide comfortable accommodation for three passengers who will not be affected by the lack of space.
The transformation of the cabin provides fantastic opportunities for the placement of goods, because even the luggage compartment itself is very impressive - 461 liters. It is possible to fold the seats in proportion of 2: 1. The opening in the back of the rear seats is made specifically for the possibility of placing in the cabin of long thin objects.
Sound insulation made at the highest level. Fans of musical trips will certainly appreciate the fact that the world-famous American company Rockford Fosgate participated in the development of 425-watt professional audio equipment for SDLX equipment.
Basic equipment Suzuki Kizashi 2010 boasts many unique features: from keyless entry system, sixteen inch wheels, fabric interior, high-quality plastic steering wheel, adjustable in all respects steering column, up to electric windows, high-quality audio system and dual-zone climate control, which the developers paid Special attention. For leather interior, you need to turn to a more expensive set of cars, where there is also a hatch with a characteristic electric drive, eighteen-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors and xenon lighting.
Among the motors, the choice is limited. The manufacturer does not offer the buyer in this case any variations. The car is equipped with a four-cylinder petrol engine of 2.4 liters with a capacity of 178 horsepower. Indicators of torque: 230 Nm are reached at 4000 rpm. For supporters of aggressive style in the Kizashi transmission provides a six-speed manual gearbox. And those who appreciate the convenience of driving in urban environments, will choose a CVT with automatic gear shifting. For gourmets, variable-speed transmission has a manual shift between gear ratios. Pragmatic drivers will enjoy a pleasant ratio of power and fuel consumption: in mixed mode, depending on the transmission per 100 km, the Suzuki Kizashi sedan requires from 7.9 to 8.3 liters of gasoline.
Suzuki Kizashi is offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive performance, where the thrust is distributed by a special i-AWD system. The new generation i-AWD system monitors the condition of the road, and, depending on driving style, performs a proactive redistribution of up to 50% of the power between the front and rear axle of the car. As a result, the movement becomes smoother and more predictable, thus ensuring the safety of people in the cabin. All-wheel drive version of the Suzuki Kizashi is completed exclusively CVT variator. On the suspension, you can say the following: McPherson in front and multi-link rear.
On the dynamics of the front-wheel drive, you can respond much better, since the car accelerates in this variation to one hundred kilometers per hour in 7.8 seconds. But the option of all-wheel drive in this indicator is lagging behind by a full second. The maximum data rate of the two varieties is also different. If you can squeeze out 205 km / h from an all-wheel drive, then a more dynamic front-wheel drive shows a maximum speed of 215 km / h.
Suzuki Kizashi has the highest level of security. Laser welding ensures high precision of the welds and ensures almost perfect tightness of the connected elements. The sedan is equipped with a huge number of active and passive safety systems. Stability control system ESP, brake assist boosters, Brake Assist, anti-lock braking system ABS, tire pressure monitoring system, seven airbags (including airbags to protect the driver’s knees), safety pedals, mounting for child seats ISOFIX - this is not the entire list of security systems that can be found in the standard car. For the SDLX version, the developers have provided a hold-down system, parking sensors and a CVT selector lock.
The reliability of the Suzuki Kizashi is confirmed by 100 crash tests conducted in the United States. According to the criteria of the NHTSA program, which determines the safety of cars, the Japanese sedan received excellent marks. A frontal collision (V = 56 km / h) with a deformable barrier and a side (V = 62 km / h) - 5 stars, a roll-over test - 4 stars. These figures confirm that the passive safety of Kizashi is one of the best among class D cars.