The Most Fuel-Efficient Suzuki Cars – Saving You Money at the Pump 

South African motorists are experiencing some pretty eye-watering petrol prices at the moment, and they seem to be on a relentless upward trend.

South African motorists are experiencing some pretty eye-watering petrol prices at the moment, and they seem to be on a relentless upward trend. This makes it more important than ever for drivers to choose cars that’ll give them the best mileage per tank.   

Suzuki in South Africa has always championed fuel efficiency and budget-friendliness in our vehicles. So if you’ve asked yourself, are Suzuki good cars, and are they amongst the most fuel-efficient cars in South Africa, the answer to both questions is yes! 

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What is a fuel-efficient vehicle? Basically, fuel-efficient cars use less petrol (or diesel) to travel the same distance compared to others, reducing the overall running costs of the car. In South Africa, cars averaging less than 6 litres per 100 km (6L/100 km) are considered fuel-efficient. The lower the number of litres used per every 100 kilometres, the better the vehicle’s fuel efficiency. 

Most Fuel-Efficient Suzuki Cars by Type 

1. Hatchbacks: 

Suzuki Celerio   

The compact Suzuki Celerio emerges as a standout in fuel-efficient hatchbacks. Its impressive fuel economy peaks at a combined rating of up to 4.2 L/100 km (57 MPG).  

This is the result of several key factors: its lightweight structure, compact 1.0L engine, optimised front wheel drivetrain, and aerodynamic design. Its autonomous start-stop system further enhances its fuel economy. The Celerio is ideal for drivers who value fuel efficiency and want to reduce the environmental impact of their vehicle.

Suzuki Swift 

Is the Suzuki Swift fuel efficient? Absolutely! Our compact third-generation Suzuki Swift with its 1.2L petrol engine ensures exceptional fuel efficiency with high power output. It offers a fuel economy level of around 4.9 L/100km (48 MPG) with CO2 emissions of only 117 g/km. This is achieved through a combination of its lightweight design, highly efficient engine, advanced front wheel drivetrain technology, and aerodynamic design.  

And if you’re looking for a peppier driving experience without significantly compromising on fuel efficiency, look no further than our bold and sporty new Suzuki Swift Sport! Its 1.4L turbocharged engine delivers 230 Nm of torque, ensuring highly responsive acceleration, yet it still delivers 6.1L/100km fuel consumption. Impressive, or what?!    

2. Sedans:   

Suzuki Dzire: 

The Suzuki Dzire, a subcompact, classically styled sedan, offers combined fuel economy ratings of 4.9 L/100km (48 MPG). Yet its high power and torque ensures a powerful, smooth ride. 

The Suzuki Dzire 1.2 boasts several features that contribute to its fuel efficiency: 

  • Efficient Engine Design: The Dzire is powered by a 1.2L VVT (Variable Valve Timing), high combustion, light-weight, highly efficient engine. It also emits low CO2 emissions of only 117 g/km, making it environmentally friendly. 
  • Transmission Options: Its Auto Gear Shift (AGS) offers an intelligent shift-control actuator that optimises gear shifts and clutch control. Its 2.5-Speed manual transmission provides an optimal gear ratio for the engine and drivetrain, striking a skilful balance between fuel efficiency and power performance. 
  • Lightweight Construction: The Dzire is assembled on Suzuki’s lightweight HEARTECT platform. At only 890 kg, the new Dzire weighs a significant 75 kg less than its predecessor.   

3. SUVs:    

Suzuki Ignis:  

Despite a powerful 1.2L high-performance engine, this compact crossover SUV offers fuel consumption rates of just 4.9L/100 km. Other standout features of the Ignis include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and a robust HEARTECT body. 

The Suzuki Ignis’s economical performance is due to several factors: 

  • A Smaller, Efficient Engine: Its lightweight 1.2L engine delivers optimal performance, with CO2 emissions starting at just 114 g/km. It delivers a sustainable driving experience along with low running costs. 
  • Efficient Aerodynamics: The Ignis’s compact and aerodynamic design reduces air resistance and improves mileage. 
  • Advanced Engine Technology: The efficient engine features modern technology like variable valve timing that optimises fuel intake and combustion. 
  • Lightweight Construction: The Ignis uses lightweight materials throughout which reduces overall weight and improves fuel economy. 
  • Manual Transmission: The base model Ignis comes with a fuel-efficient 5-speed manual transmission. 

Suzuki S-Presso:   

The Suzuki S-Presso delivers 4.4L/100 km for the automated manual transmission (AMT) version, and 4.6L/100 km for the manual transmission (MT) model. The S-Presso’s impressive fuel efficiency stems from:  

  • Engine Advancements: These include a K10C Dualjet engine that’s specifically designed for improved fuel efficiency with dual injectors and smaller combustion chambers. The engine’s auto start-stop system automatically shuts off the engine when the car stops, i.e. at robots, and restarts it when you need to move again. This is ideal for stop-and-go city traffic. 
  • Lightweight Construction: Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform ensures the car’s structure is strong yet lightweight, so less energy is needed to move it. 
  • Aerodynamic Design: The S-Presso’s design reduces air resistance. 
  • Transmission Options: The S-Presso manual transmission (MT) offers greater driver control and better fuel economy. Its Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) combines the convenience of an automatic with the improved fuel efficiency of a manual transmission.  

Choosing a fuel-efficient Suzuki car, like the Celerio, Swift, Dzire or S-Presso, makes excellent sense for South African drivers. You’ll have a stylish car that’s a joy to drive. You’ll save on petrol and running costs. And you’ll know that you’re driving an eco-friendly vehicle for the benefit of the planet!  

Suzuki cars blend fuel economy and ease of handling with safety, reliability and innovative design. While fuel economy can vary due to factors like driving style and terrain, the potential savings when buying a Suzuki are undeniable.

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