Suzuki Solio Hybrid MZ

Suzuki Solio Review: “It’s pleasant, calm, & very fuel efficient” by Naoto Shimazaki

The advantage of the Solio is that you can ride it conveniently as a compact car. Moreover, I test drove the new model and I was surprised that most of its good points stood out.

The first thing I felt in the test drive was its great performance. Its absolutely smooth riding feel makes it close to becoming a luxury minivan. It is taller in height but its head doesn’t shake, and it experiences very little shock from the road noise and the floor.

It is also easy to drive. This minivan was designed with a big window so it’s just normal that its field of vision at the lower edge of its front glass is very bright. However, its center meter’s visibility and its reachable steering operation are as natural and good as that of a normal hatchback. Its 4.8m minimum turning radius makes it easy for you to turn, so it is very helpful.

Of course, it has a huge interior space. Its instrument panel is a purpose-built design, but it is more relieving that it’s not too boring or plain.

I was able to experience the effectiveness of a hybrid vehicle’s riding feel. The control of its motor assist has an frequently asserts itself, and you can naturally accelerate repetitively while driving in downtown areas as it assures a smooth acceleration. Therefore, it is easy to drive this car. As for its engine’s noise, its volume is very low, but it quietly restarts the car with its ISG technology. That is one factor that creates a high quality of driving.

Its fuel consumption is considerably amazing as well. Just like the actual owners, I was able to ride it normally and drove it in far-flung areas while normally driving it, since you can drive it full tank with 23.1km/L. It’s just a new car, but when you drive it, you will find out that this car is cost-efficient and eco-friendly.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor, and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)