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Suzuki Kizashi XLS (2010)

by Barry Green,reviewed October 2010

For a first time foray into the mid-size passenger car market, Suzuki’s Kizashi is well worth a look.
There’s enough space for 4.5 people in comfort, a generous standard equipment list and impressive overall drive. Around town and cruising, the 2.4-litre engine is up for it, but needs to be worked otherwise.

Kizashi is a competent handler with well-weighted steering, though like most front-wheel-drive cars has a touch of understeer in the twisty going. Ride quality, on 18-inch rubber, is firm but compliant, although rougher roads unsettle the rear end a tad.

Over nearly 500 km of mostly country driving, our CVT-equipped XLS returned 9.4-litres/100 km, 1.5 more than the ADR combined cycle figure.
Suzuki Kizashi XL S 2010


Safety, standard features


Could use a bit more power

Key features

18” alloys, dual zone climate control airconditioning, cruise control, keyless entry and start, premium audio system, sunroof, leather, front/rear parking sensors, front fog lamps, 10-way power driver’s seat with memory, 4-way power front passenger’s seat, rain-sensing wipers


Six airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, ESC and TC, 3-point seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters

Car Details

Vehicle make Suzuki
Vehicle model Kizashi XLS
Vehicle type Medium Under $50,000
Year 2010
Price when new $37,490 (CVT) MLP
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 2.4-litre, DOHC, inline 4-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.