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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
legroom in particular is a couple of inches below the norm
The materials, construction and overall design could easily be found in a Volkswagen and in fact, seems nicer than the Jetta.
The interior surfaces feel solid, and padded inserts in the doors and a leather steering wheel...show that Suzuki is serious about selling a car that feels nicer than its sticker price.
Car and Driver
Given its sports-sedan aspirations, Kizashi delivers a surprisingly compliant ride.
Those who think of some compact models as a little too small but don't want the sacrifice in maneuverability that comes with a mid-size car will appreciate the Kizashi's 'just-right' size. Its well-designed cabin, pleasing materials, and refined ride also add up to a little more passenger appeal than many other sedans this size--and with such an affordable price.
Suzuki hasn't accomplished any magic with interior space here, though; the Kizashi is more of a compact sedan than a mid-size one on the outside, and the same rings true inside. But nice, supportive bucket seats provide a great driving position and plenty of support for taller folks.
The Kizashi doesn't have a lot of space in the back seat, but you'll definitely be able to accommodate a couple of adults back there for a drive out for lunch. Also, then there's no middle passenger (we advise you limit it to two back there), there's a folding armrest with sturdy cupholder.
Where the Kizashi shows its compactness most, perhaps, is in trunk space. While its trunk is decently sized, the opening is narrowed than that of mid-size sedans. Seats are split 60/40 and fold forward, though not quite to a fully-flat position; however headrests tuck nicely away without needing to be removed.
Otherwise, the Kizashi really shines in the details. Throughout the interior, materials feel a bit different than most other models in this class, with nicely grained plastics plus soft-touch and padded surfaces in most of the places you'd brush against. Controls for audio and climate have a positive, high-quality feel with a textured grip; they wouldn't be out of place on a car costing twice as much. There's also some thoughtfulness in the smaller storage spaces: The USB input, for iPods or other media players, is located inside the large storage bin just ahead of the shifter, so you can close the lid and leave the electronics out of view.
Ride quality is on the firm side, but you'll never feel rattled; it also damps out road noise surprisingly well considering that it favors sportiness over outright comfort. And thanks to some excellent suspension and sound-insulation work, the Kizashi rides somewhat firmly, but quietly and comfortably enough to filter out minor bumps and road coarseness.
Interior space is about as you'd expect, but the 2012 Kizashi offers the refinement and materials of a more expensive sedan.