Suzuki Cultus 2018 VXL Review

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(added 25 May 2018)

This time we took a Suzuki Cultus 2018 VXL variant (Pakistan assembled) for review.

History

Brand name of Cultus was first introduced by Suzuki in 1983 with first generation Cultus which we remember as Suzuki Khyber; while that generation of Suzuki Cultus / Swift / Khyber internationally lasted till 1988 only, we in Pakistan were fortunate enough to be able to get a brand new first gen till much later… 2000 to be exact. While the second generation Cultus was first introduced internationally in 1988 and internationally it discontinued in 2003; things were different in Pakistan as we started getting the second generation in 2000 (with brand name cultus introduced for the first time in Pakistan at that time) and it was offered till 2017. Now internationally Cultus was replaced with Suzuki Swift internationally in 2004 (we have been getting that as a different car since 2010). In 2017 when it was time to say good bye to that Cultus Pak Suzuki didn’t want to part off with the brand name Cultus which was loved by many so this car was introduced with the brand name of Cultus to keep the cultus legacy alive. This car is known as Suzuki Celerio internationally.

Suzuki Celerio (which this car is under the badge of Cultus) is a relatively new car offered by Suzuki. It was first introduced in 2014 and currently it is being assembled in three countries worldwide; India, Pakistan & Thailand.

Specifications

Cultus is powered by K-series K10 engine which is 998cc producing 90nm at 3500 rpm. It comes with 5speed manual transmission and an optional auto gear shift which is basically an automatic shifter on a manual transmission with a 2WD drive system. The front wheels are installed with disc brakes where as the rear wheels have drum brakes. MacPherson strut suspension with coil springs is used in the front while the rear has torsion beam with coil springs. The fuel tank can store 35 liters of petrol.

Variants

When Cultus was launched in 2017 it was offered in 2 variants where VXR is the basic however, VXL is the loaded variant. Later by the end of 2017 Cultus VXL got an option of Auto Gear Shift or conventional manual transmission to choose from. Some of the features available in Cultus variants are as follows:

 

VXR

VXL

VXL AGS

Tire and Wheels

Steel Wheels with full Wheel Caps

Alloy Wheels

Alloy Wheels

Colored door handles

-

Yes

Yes

Power steering

Yes

Yes

Yes

Power Windows

Yes

Yes

Yes

Central locking

Yes

Yes

Yes

Immobilizer Key

Yes

Yes

Yes

SRS Airbags

-

Yes

Yes

ABS

-

Yes

Yes

Powered Door Mirrors

-

Yes

Yes

Remote Control Door Locks

Yes

Yes

Yes

Transmission

5 Speed MT

5 Speed MT

5 Speed Auto Gear Shift

 Equipment 

For a Pakistan assembled car this Cultus is fairly well equipped. The car definitely offers everything that its international rivals offer. From the instrument cluster to the 4 speaker audio system. Everything feels like it belongs to today’s time and age. The car comes with standard air-conditioning, electronic power steering, remote key, power windows and much more as basic standard features however alloy rims, abs brakes &  airbags are only limited to VXL variants. I would like to mention over here that airbags are not even offered in Suzuki Swift locally which is a car one step above Cultus.

Space

In terms of space, the car doesn't offer a big trunk however thanks to the 60:40 split of rear seats they can be folded to provide space to accommodate luggage and 3 passengers with luggage maybe. The rear seat can accommodate 2 adults with one child but 3 adults would be a tight fit. the doors open at a wide angle which makes getting in & out of the car fairly easy. One thing I would like to mention over here is that Suzuki Wagon R offers better rear seating capacity compared to Suzuki Cultus. I’m only 5’8” tall and when I was sitting at the rear seat my knees were rubbing against the front seats.

Turn Offs

There were quite a few turn offs when we talk about that. First off all the paint quality of Suzuki isn’t very satisfactory; secondly when sitting at the rear seat I can’t say I was comfortable; I was okay but not comfortable. My knees were rubbing against the back of front seats and at the same time I badly felt the lack of rear headrest. Last but not least is the price; in my opinion it’s a good car but its not 1.4 million worth good. If you know what I mean.

Fuel Economy

Suzuki's K10 engine offers good fuel economy, the car provides with fuel average of approx 14km / liter with air-conditioning which isn't close to the 660cc Japanese Kei cars but in this segment the fuel average is good.

Test Drive

This car has good torque, the initial pick of the vehicle is very good & the electronic power steering works like a charm to handle the car. The tyres provided by Pak Suzuki however aren't of good quality and there's a lot of tyre noise when you drive the car. Seats aren't very comfortable for a long journey & you do feel each bump & pot on the road. While driving this car subconsciously I was comparing it with the drive of Wagon R because they both share the same engine. The drive was better than Wagon R as it’s a smaller car with better center of gravity so the car did feel more stable and lesser body roll. Frankly I found the car a little better than what I had expected it to be but it wasn’t 1.4 million good. May be 1.25 million at max. The best thing I liked about the car was the gear position which was close to the steering which made gear shifting very comfortable. The visibility isn’t that good in this car but I guess that is something we have to live with.

Price

The price is above one million rupees for all the variants. However, there are added features in the VXL model.

VXR

Rs.1,270,000

VXL

Rs.1,391,000

VXL AGS

Rs.1,528,000

Verdict

This car was launched to replaced Suzuki Cultus and keep the brand name alive which this car has successfully done so however I spoke to a few people who upgraded from their old cultus to this new one and they feel the old one drove better. When asked for a reason they couldn’t pin point it however in my opinion the ground clearance could be something playing a role here. The previous cultus was closer to ground and gave a “sedan like” feeling which this car doesn’t. I like the car but I can’t justify the price of this car. If I’m to spend this kind of money then I would rather go for some Japanese car over this.

Looks & styling – 6/10

 This car looks good and there’s no denying that. I personally like the front of this car better than the rear looks but overall this car does look better than a lot of hatchbacks available (both Japanese & local)

Features – 6/10

Feature wise this car offers a lot that Japanese hatchbacks offer and few things are there which aren’t offered by any other local hatchback. Yes it lacks radar control, traction control etc that we can get in those 660cc Japanese cars now but considering for what this car offers, this is an easy 6.

Practicality – 7/10

Here the car gets good scoring, it’s a Suzuki product which makes it easy to maintain and sell and the folding rear seat make it easy to put luggage; and the fact that this is a hatchback which is quick, so it’s really practical in city driving.

Value for money – 5/10

The car will definitely hold its value because its after all a Suzuki Cultus but if I’m to spend this kind of money I wouldn’t go for this car considering there are much better feature / built wise cars available in the used Japanese cars segment however if I only have choice to get a brand new car in this price, I’d go for Suzuki Swift instead of this because I like the drive of that better. But for many this car may be the better option between this & Swift. You see I wasn’t able to decide on this one so I gave it a 5 which is middle score.

Easy to maintain – 7/10

It’s a Suzuki Product; locally assembled which is why finding spares is very easy however this car doesn’t score as high as other because this is a fairly new cars and spare parts are a little expensive. Plus more electronics means there’s a higher probability of things breaking down.

Resale – 9/10

Again it’s a Suzuki product which is locally assembled and the brand name cultus is loved by everyone

Fun to drive – 7/10

The car offers good zip which gives it the score but the bumpy ride quality drops the score down to 7

Comfort – 4/10

This car is not comfortable.

Quality – 6/10

The car is all plastic which means the car offers mediocre stuff but that stuff is of decent quality.

Total - 57/90

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