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Suzuki was established in Japan in 1937 and first started selling cars in Australia in 1980. Today, the brand’s Australian headquarters is located in Melbourne, and it also has dealerships in other areas of Victoria, as well as New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, ACT, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
As well as selling cars, Suzuki also sells motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and wheelchairs. Its range of vehicles is designed to suit a variety of lifestyles.
About Suzuki cars
Suzuki offers a moderate range of vehicles, including hatchbacks, SUVs, compact SUVs and 4WDs. It doesn’t sell any sedan models in Australia.
Popular models include:
- Swift GL (from $16,990), a hatchback with a 1.2L Dualjet engine and cruise control
- Baleno GL (from $15,990), a hatchback with 5.1L/100km fuel economy for manual models and 5.4L/100km fuel economy for automatic models
- Vitara RT-S (from $21,990), a compact SUV with a 1.6L VVT engine, digital climate control and cruise control
- Ignis GL (from $16,990), a ‘super-mini SUV’ with five-speed manual or automatic CVT transmission and 60:40-split rear seats
- Grand Vitara (from $31,990), an SUV with full-time ‘four-mode four-wheel drive’ and a multimedia satellite navigation system with reversing camera
- Swift Sport (from $27,990), a hatchback with a 1.4L turbo engine and 6.1L/100km fuel economy
Suzuki is a mid-tier car brand within the Australian market, focusing mainly on hatchbacks, SUVs and compact SUV models.
Its prices fall on the more affordable end of the spectrum when compared with other car brands, which means Suzuki cars are likely to appeal to buyers looking for a reliable low-cost car option. Eco-conscious buyers might also be attracted to Suzuki’s fuel-efficient models, although it doesn’t offer any hybrid options. Those looking for a traditional family sedan won’t find much appeal in Suzuki vehicles as there are no Suzuki sedan models on offer in Australia.
New Suzuki vehicles come with a three-year or 100,000-kilometre warranty (whichever comes first) as standard. Buyers who service their Suzuki vehicle every six months for five years via Suzuki’s Capped Price Service program may also be eligible for a five-year or 140,000-kilometre extended warranty.
How can I get a Suzuki car loan?
As with many other car brands, Suzuki has an in-house financing arm – Suzuki Car Finance – that can be used to take out a car loan. However, comparing other Suzuki car loan options rather than going straight through the dealer could help you save on interest rates, fees or both.
There are three other ways to organise a Suzuki car loan that you might want to explore before making a decision:
- Use a comparison website to research your options
- Engage a finance broker to secure a loan on your behalf
- Go direct to the lender
The amount you can borrow will depend on a number of factors, such as your earnings, savings rate and employment history. Typically, borrowers with a higher salary and savings rate and a more stable employment record qualify for higher loan amounts than those with a lower salary and savings rate and/or an unstable employment record.
How much does a Suzuki car loan cost?
Here are the approximate running costs for three different Suzuki models, based on RACQ category averages:
|Model||Category||Cents/km||Average $ per week|
Here’s how much a five-year loan will cost for three different Suzuki models if you borrow 100 per cent of the purchase price over five years:
|Model||Price/loan||Total repayments at 6%||Total repayments at 8%||Total repayments at 10%|