SUZUKI – LIANA
Out of production since 2012, the Suzuki Liana is very much underrated as a small car – especially in Australia.
The reason it’s unappreciated? Mostly because earlier versions were ugly and had mediocre performance and ordinary equipment levels.
But the final few editions were a success – five-door hatches with a willing 1.8-litre engine and an interior that will seat four adults with plenty of comfort.
Its rival models from Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Mazda are much more popular but the Liana is a real quiet achiever in the used car market.
We are not aware of any major inherent faults with the Liana. Suzuki engines are considered fairly bullet-proof but regular oil changes are critical and should be done at least every 12 months.
As always when shopping in the lower price range, it is often better to focus on the condition of the individual car than the reputation of a brand.
For those wondering, Liana stands for life in a new age.