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22 Jul 2020

Our Top 3 Most Economical Small Cars at Suzuki NZ

SUZ | Blog |Our Top 3 Most Fuel Efficient Cars at Suzuki

When it comes to buying a new car, one of the biggest decision-making factors our customers consider tends to be the fuel efficiency of the car. It's understandable too, with more and more people prioritising reducing their carbon footprint and looking to save on everyday costs.

There are a tonne of factors that influence whether or not a vehicle model is considered 'fuel efficient' or not, from the car's weight, engine size and technology, to aerodynamic efficiency. These elements are always at the forefront of our manufacturing process and we're happy to say that we're recognised as leaders in this area by New Zealanders;

"The Suzuki range of compact SUV models are winning the race for low emissions and frugal fuel economy following the results of independent testing on New Zealand roads" - The New Zealand Herald

With this said, within our range of vehicles and models there are some surefire winners when it comes to fuel economy and the most bang for your fuel bucks spent. We count down our top 3 most fuel efficient small cars at Suzuki NZ, below.

Fuel Efficient Car #3: The Baleno GLX

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Taking third place in Suzuki's fuel efficient car race is the roomy Baleno hatchback. Driving on $100 worth of petrol (or roughly 1.35 fills at $2 per litre) the GLX manual version of this classy number will take you 980km on New Zealand roads, while the automatic variation will take around 926km. Compared to the average of other small cars on the market* at around 909km, the Baleno is a confident performer around town and on the open highway.

The reason behind the Baleno GLX's superior fuel efficiency is its smooth curves and unique HEARTECT lightweight platform paired with a powerfully efficient 1.4 VVT engine.  Did you also know that the top spec Baleno RS Auto with direct injection BoosterJet turbo engine achieves even better fuel economy at just 5.2 L/100km compared to its GLX Auto counterpart at 5.4 L/100km? With the 6 speed auto and the advanced engine technology it optimises the fuel intake, generating the power equivalent of a larger 1.7L engine with the efficiency of much smaller engine.

The added bonus of this vehicle is that while it fits within the Suzuki small car range, it has a generous 355 litres of luggage space (plenty of room for shopping, sports gear and all of the other bits and pieces you'd house in your car).  It also offers an amazing amount of rear seat legroom that defies the compact exterior dimensions. In short, you're not having to compromise on comfort and size for a truly fuel efficient car.

Baleno Fuel Efficiency Chart

>> Take a closer look at the Baleno GLX here.

 

Fuel Efficient Car #2: The Celerio

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Even we're impressed when it comes to the zippy Celerio, with the manual version sipping $100 of fuel ever so slowly to reach a massive 1064km, and the automatic CVT following closely at 1042km. For context, that's a trip from Hamilton to Wellington and back for only $100. We can confidently call this car a fuel efficient superstar compared to other similar models that travel about 909km on the same amount of fuel. It's economic and reliable, plus with a 5 speed manual or CVT transmission, the peppy Celerio is easy to handle on the open road as it is around town.

So what in particular makes this model a fuel-efficiency winner? As a small car it runs on just 4.7L of fuel per 100km with a 1.0 litre 3 cylinder engine, paired with a lightweight and agile body. It’ll be so long between fill-ups you'll forget where the fuel cap is.

"Excluding much more expensive petrol/electric hybrids, this makes the Celerio arguably the most economical petrol car sold in New Zealand, with fuel consumption lower than many diesel cars." - Donn Anderson, Motoring Journalist

Even we're impressed when it comes to the zippy Celerio, with the manual version sipping $100 of fuel ever so slowly to reach a massive 1064km, and the automatic CVT following closely at 1042km. For context, that's a trip from Hamilton to Wellington and back for only $100. We can confidently call this car a fuel efficient superstar compared to other similar models that travel about 909km on the same amount of fuel. It's economic and reliable, plus with a 5 speed manual or CVT transmission, the peppy Celerio is easy to handle on the open road as it is around town.

So what in particular makes this model a fuel-efficiency winner? As a small car it runs on just 4.7L of fuel per 100km with a 1.0 litre 3 cylinder engine, paired with a lightweight and agile body. It’ll be so long between fill-ups you'll forget where the fuel cap is.

Celerio Fuel Efficiency Chart

>> Take a closer look at the Celerio GLX here.

 

And the winner is... The Suzuki Swift Hybrid!

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Taking out the top spot in our Suzuki NZ Small car fuel efficiency chart, is our brand new and most economical car yet, the Swift Hybrid. There's a reason that the Suzuki Swift is the number one selling supermini in New Zealand for 14 out of 15 years. It looks fantastic, has all of the features you need in one fun-filled package and it runs on ‘a sniff of an oily rag’.

With a fuel consumption figure of 4.1L/100km combined, the new Suzuki Swift Hybrid is a clear winner. This eco-friendly hatch seamlessly integrates the newly developed 1.2 litre DualJet engine with Smart Hybrid technology to deliver amazing fuel efficiency and the lowest CO2 emissions at 94g/km.

Here's how it works:

The Swift’s Smart Hybrid system uses an electric motor called an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG). Working alongside Swift’s petrol engine to help improve fuel efficiency, the ISG is powered by a 10Ah lithium-ion battery that is charged as the car decelerates and brakes.

While cruising the battery helps power all of the additional electrical systems like safety features, air conditioning, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, plus all the electrical components that help the car to move.

With a fuel consumption figure of 4.1L/100km combined, the Suzuki Swift Hybrid is a clear inner in the race for fuel economy.

>> Take a closer look at the Swift Hybrid here.

And let’s not forget the Swift GL and RS models which are just as popular (and thrifty on the fuel) as ever.

The Swift GL manual with a similar 1.2 litre VVT engine covers an impressive 1087km on $100 worth of fuel at $2 per litre, with the automatic variation closely behind at 1042km. Compared to other cars tracking at 909km* per 100L of fuel, that's a whole lot more savings at the petrol pump.

Why is the Swift such a fan favourite when it comes to fuel efficiency? Essentially, it's a combination of the design, advanced technology of smaller capacity engines and low body weight. 

"The latest generation Swift and Swift Sport continue to provide superb fuel efficiency and excellent value with reasonable purchase prices and low overall cost of ownership" - Gary Collins, Suzuki NZ GM of Marketing (2019)

The Swift maintains its stellar reputation as an economic powerhouse because there's no compromise in performance for fuel efficiency. The new powertrain and platform give you greater control, plus the engine technology ensures an outstanding (and fun) driving experience.

Swift Fuel Efficiency Chart

Special Mention: The Suzuki Ignis

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While not in our top three small cars, we thought it was important to mention that the Suzuki Ignis is an outstanding option if you're looking for a high seating SUV shaped vehicle that's compact and super economical like our 'small car' range.

The fuel consumption of the Ignis starts at 4.7 L/100km for the manual, and the automatic transmission is only slightly higher at 4.9 L/100km.

It’s fuel efficient performance and low CO2 emissions (107-114g/km) are due to the use of high tensile steel and other weight saving measures in the body, as well as the overall advances in technology that have afforded the Ignis fuel efficiency ratings that are normally associated with a compact car.

ignis fuel efficiency

This compact SUV can reach a whopping 1064km of driving on $100 worth of petrol at $2 per litre. That’s 30% further than the average of other cars in its class which travel around 735km on the same measure of fuel.

Impressive, right?

>> Take a closer look at the Ignis here.

One last thing, it important to remember that the driver and the roads you drive on have a considerable influence on fuel efficiency. Different drivers can achieve different economy levels so a tip is to monitor the instantaneous fuel consumption display to see the impacts of changes in driving style. 

The fuel economy figures listed above are a combined figure of urban and open road driving and are a guide only. Actual fuel consumption will vary due to many factors such as vehicle condition, driving style and traffic conditions.

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