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Suzuki Aerio / Liana

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Suzuki Aerio / Liana

The Suzuki Aerio/Liana has a good value and reasonable passenger space

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.3 16V 90 hp 6.7 l/100km Petrol 13.3 s 165 km/h
1.6 16V 103 hp 6.9 l/100km Petrol 11.7 s 170 km/h
1.6 16V 4WD 103 hp 7.4 l/100km Petrol 12 s 160 km/h
1.6 16V 4WD Sport 106 hp 8.6 l/100km Petrol ? 160 km/h
1.8 16V 125 hp ? Petrol ? ?
2.0 145 hp ? Petrol ? ?
2.3 155 hp ~10 l/100km Petrol ? ?

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 5
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front/All
Length 4 230 mm
Width 1 690 mm
Height 1 550 mm
Wheelbase 2 480 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Weight (normal) 1 215 kg
Weight (max) 1 640 kg
Boot space (min) 348 l
Boot space (max) 1 062 l
Fuel capacity 50 l


   The Suzuki Aerio is produced since 2001. In Europe it is sold as the Suzuki Liana. It is available as a hatchback or sedan. In 2004 it was facelifted to resemble Japanese version of this car.

   For the North American market it is produced with a 1.8-liter engine displacement and above, while In Europe it's most powerful engine is the 1.6-liter petrol unit. However the 1.6 provides enough performance both at town or motorway speeds, but it has to be worked hard. An automatic transmission is standard on four wheel drive models.

   There is hardly any pleasure driving Aerio, as almost every lump and bump finds it's way into the cabin. Even on the relatively smooth tarmac at cruising speed a constant jarring is felt. However the rest of the driving experience is acceptable, as the body roll is well controlled and handling is responsive.

   The Aerio / Liana has a well isolated cabin from external noises. Wind and road noise are kept well suppressed, but the 1.6-liter petrol, and all the engines with smaller displacement are noisy as the revs go up.

   The Suzuki Aerio is reasonably cheap, but it significantly affects it's resale values. It's running costs are reasonable, but the servicing might be pricey. The Aerio can also be considered as an affordable alternative to a mini MPVs.

   Inside the cabin ambience is a level higher than in other Suzukis, but it is far from the VW Golf's level. Layout of the dash is conventional and logical. Materials that are used are better, than on the previous Suzukis. Seats are comfortable, but the steering wheel could be adjustable for reach as well.

   The Liana is generous on the passenger space. There's plenty of head- and leagroom even for tall passengers. The boot is average for the class, but it has a high floor.

   Safety equipment of the car differs from the model. Only twin front airbags and ABS are standard. The GLX adds side airbags. All models come with immobilizer and deadlocks, but an alarm is not offered on Aerio / Liana at all.

   The Aerio comes in two trim levels only, but they are fitted with plenty of equipment. The base GL is completed with front and rear electric windows, electric door mirrors and CD player. The GLX adds alloy wheels, and an air-conditioning.

   Production of the Suzuki Liana still continues.


   Advantages: The Suzuki Liana has a good value for money. Furthermore it offers reasonable passenger space with as well as generous equipment.

   Disadvantages: Ride quality is awful. Boot is poorly shaped.

   Verdict: Easy on the pocket, but it's harsh on the senses. 

   Also consider: Kia Rio, Nissan Almera.


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Suzuki Aerio / Liana

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Suzuki Aerio / Liana

Suzuki Aerio / Liana

Suzuki Aerio / Liana

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