SUZUKI – KIZASHI
The journey of the Suzuki Kizashi in Australia started in 2010, peaked in 2011, then made a steady decline until it was eventually taken off the market in 2014. It’s not that the Kizashi wasn’t a good car, but it just couldn’t quite hold its own when facing off with competitors. The price point also seemed to be an issue in Australia considering that a new Kizashi was priced at upwards of $38,000, the same bracket as arguably superior competitors like the Mazda 6 and the Honda Accord Euro.
There was a peculiar problem that occurred in many models made anywhere between 2009 and 2012 when spider’s were found to be creating negative pressure within fuel tanks by weaving webs into the evaporative canister. To make matters worse, there was another major recall in 2010 when reports came out about the glove box flying open during crashes.
If you’re buying or selling a Suzuki Kizashi in Australia, it’s important to know these little details so you can make informed choices. The discontinuation is Kizashi isn’t necessarily a total downside if you’re selling as some buyers may be eager to get their hands on a now unavailable vehicle.
Let’s take a look at some details and pricing for Kizashis so you can get a feel for how a used one might compare and be aware of features that buyers might ask about.
Since Kizashis are no longer available to buy new in Australia, anyone looking to buy will need to opt for a used model. If you’re selling a Suzuki Kizashi then it’s good to have an idea about how much they sell for. We’ve put together a list of price estimates based on cars that are up for private sale on the internet to give you a ballpark.
2010 models start around $5,000 but can go up to anywhere around $8,000.
2011 models go for anywhere between $7,000-$15,000.
2012 Kizashis sell for $9,000-$17,000.
2013 models sell between $10,000 and $20,000.
2014 models range from roughly $13-24,000
Keep in mind that these numbers vary greatly depending on the condition of the car, kilometres, extra features and on-road costs. They also reflect asking prices for private sales as well as some fees of car-selling platforms.
Competitor vehicles in a similar price bracket include the Honda Accord Euro, the Subaru Liberty, and the Mazda 6.
While the Kizashi has stayed relatively true to its design over its short 6-year lifespan in Australia, some years do vary in terms of specs and features. We decided to focus on the features of the 2011 Kizashis as this was the year with the most sales in the country and will likely make up lot of the cars that are bought and sold used.
Something to keep in mind for those looking at buying or selling a red or grey version is that something about the paint composition means that they tend to chip rather easily. There hasn’t been any definitive explanation for this but it’s important for anyone who wants to maintain their car’s aesthetic.
For a car at this price-point, the features feel rather generous. The standard inclusions are push-button start and keyless entry with dual-zone climate control. Leather, heated, electrically powered seats are available in the Prestige version along with 10-speaker sound system, auto wipers and lights, cruise control, 18-inch alloys, bluetooth connectivity, type pressure monitoring system, and paddle shifts.
If you’re after a slightly sporier look with all-wheel-drive, chrome accents, and improvements on the grill and wheels, you’ll want to find yourself a Kizashi Sport.
This car is technically considered a mid-sized sedan but it would definitely be on the smaller side of the spectrum. Cargo capacity for this 5-seater is 378L, which isn’t terrible considering it’s 4,650 by 1,820 dimensions.
The 5-star ANCAP score reflects a 7 airbag system, covering the front, side, head, and knees, as well as the seat belt alert for the front seats. The standard model also includes antilock brakes, electronic stability control and brake distribution, and a three-point belt in the centre seat. While the Kizashi definitely ticks the minimum amount of boxes to fulfill the 5-star rating, it seems to be lacking in some newer technology like forward collision alarm, rear-cross traffic alerts, or lane-change assist.
Engine and Transmission
Suzuki kept things simple with the Kizashi range and offered a standard 2.4 Litre four-cylinder that made 131kW and 230Nm. A six-speed manual transmission was available for the front-wheel-drive XL and XLS, later the Touring and Prestige, while the others had the Continuously Variable Transmission, CVT. While the CVT is reported at making for better consumption ratings, it can mean a noisier ride with less punch, perhaps not an issue for a city-going vehicle like the Kizashi but worthy of taking note.
Consumption and Emissions
The combined consumption rating is reported at 8.1L/100km.
Emissions are reported at roughly 191g/km which isn’t really great or terrible when compared to similar vehicles.
All new Suzuki’s come with a 3-year or 100,000km warranty with regular servicing. Unfortunately, since the Kizashi was discontinued in Australia, it is unlikely that any used models will still be under warranty, unless an extended warranty was purchased previously.
Regular servicing usually costs around $400.
What our car experts say:
Pros: Affordable and comparatively powerful. Unique design next to rival vehicles.
Cons: Chipping paint, CVT can be noisy and create lag.