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.
SUZUKI – LIANA
The Suzuki Liana, short for “Life in a new age”, unfortunately lived life to a rather young age instead. It launched in Australia in the early 2000’s but has been out of production worldwide since 2012 and didn’t receive much of a send off. Perhaps it seemed to be a rather ordinary vehicle with a small engine and dated looks, as most of them flew well under Australia’s radar. That said, its final years didn’t go entirely to waste as the last few editions offered a bit more punch, a roomy interior, and an entry at under $20,000.
Buying or Selling a Used Liana
Perhaps the biggest reason for its downfall lies in Suzuki’s well-regarded rival companies like Hyundai, Nissan, Mazda, and even Toyota. If that isn’t enough to be up against, a few Liana variations had some actual complain-worthy features that were reported. In 2007, the 1.6 and 1.8 litre engines with manual transmissions were recalled due to a gearshift that was faulty on lateral force. Suzuki fixed the issue but there were a few other minor problems such as glitches in the remote central locking system in the 2002 and 2003 models, clicking sounds in both the front brakes and the engine that required parts replacement, incorrect toe settings resulting in rear type wear, and windscreen washing spray that lacked enough force to be effective.
If you are buying or selling a Suzuki Liana, you’ll want to be aware of the above issues so you can make informed decisions. Many complaints can either be fixed, or the offering price can be adjusted to accommodate. Let’s have a look at the cost of Liana’s in Australia and get to know a few more details that would make this car a good option for the buyer.
Prices in Australia
In this country the Liana was available in gently evolving variations from 2001 to 2007, with most improvements in the later editions. If you’re selling a Liana you might want to check out the range of prices for used Liana’s on sale today. Keep in mind that these prices reflect private sales and vary depending on extra features, kilometres on the odometer, servicing history, plus possible fees from the selling platforms.
2001 Suzuki Lianas range from $2,000-$4,000; The 2002 cars go for just a smidge more.
2003 Lianas are offered for $2,600 up to $4,500 and the 2004 variations go for the same.
2005 and 2006 models span from $2,200 to $5,600, and 2007 Lianas have the highest range
from $3,000 to roughly $6,500.
New cars were priced with an entry of $18,990 in 2004 with a $2,000 option for automatic, $185 for metallic paint, and $675 for cruise control. More features are listed below.
Engine, Transmission and Fuel Consumption
The Liana may not be the most aggressive car (no longer) on the market, but it isn’t entirely hopeless if you’re just driving it around town. With five petrol engines of various capacities plus one diesel engine on offer, you’ve actually got a lot to choose from. Let’s have a look at the options. The gasoline engines are available in both 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic.
The 1.3 litre, four cylinder engine (5-speed manual only) makes 66kW and 119 Nm. Consumption has a combined rating of 6.7L/100km and emissions are reported at 163 g/km.
The 1.6 litre, four cylinder engine (option for 4-speed automatic) makes 78Kw and 144 Nm. Consumption has a combined rating of 7.9L/100km and emissions are reported at 192 g/km, while for manual it’s 6.9L/km and 192g/km respectively.
The 1.8 litre four cylinder engine (manual only) makes 92Kw and 169 Nm. Consumption has a combined rating of 7.4L/100km.
The 2.3 litre four cylinder engine (manual only) makes 115Kw and 206Nm. Consumption has a city rating of 9.4L/km and 7.6 on the highway.
The option for diesel engine is a 1.4 litre four-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual transmission that makes 66Kw and 201 Nm. Consumption has a combined rating of 5.3L/100km and emissions are reported at 141 g/km.
As you can see, the entry level Liana is certainly not for a driver who likes a punchy start or aggressive handling, but the larger engines do start to give you a bit of bang for a very small buck.
For under $20,000 new, you wouldn’t want to get hopes up too high when it comes to luxury features, but the Liana is actually rather decent when it comes to non-essentials. You’ll enjoy keyless entry, driver seat adjustment, steering tilt, power steering and windows, and of course air conditioning and central locking. Some of the later variations had the add on of cruise control, fog lamps, alloy wheels, a seven-speaker sound system, and some audio controls conveniently located on the steering wheel.
The gear shift can get a touch rattley, and the front wheels tend to spin out when you’re heading towards 5000 rpms, but it’s got an independent suspension and improved chassis that make things better. One of the unexpected pleasantries is the full-sized spare tyre that isn’t usually included for smaller cars.
While this is a 5-door, 5-seater hatchback, keep in mind that the compact size might make visibility challenging for taller drivers.
While the earlier models are limited to the features listed above, there were a few extra inclusions in the versions made after 2006. For those vehicles you’ll enjoy anti-lock braking, dual-front airbags, fog lights, engine immobiliser, electronic brake force distribution, and the now-standard pre-tensioner front seatbelts. While several other Suzuki models have 4 or 5 star ANCAP ratings, the Liana is no longer listed on the official site.
Consumption, Emissions and Warranty
The reported combined fuel consumption rating is 8.65L/100km which represents the average of city and highway driving.
Automatics have reported emissions of roughly 185g/km while manuals make roughly 167g/km.
Warranty is the stock standard three-year or 100,000km, whichever comes first. Due to the discontinuation of the Liana several years ago, a used Liana will not be under warranty today.