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.