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Suzuki APV Arena is a multi-purpose vehicle designed by the Japanese and further assembled in Indonesia. Before Arena, APV was launched in the year 2004. Further advancements have been done in the base model by adding a few luxury features to its interiors and some alterations in its exterior layout. As a result of which, in November 2007, Suzuki launched its upgraded variant APV Arena packed with a 1.5-litre engine.
Suzuki APV Arena is an MPV equipped with a 1.5-litre (1493 cc), in-line 4 cylinder 16V engine that churns out a maximum power output of 103 PS at 6000 rpm along with the peak torque of 126 Nm at 3000 rpm. Furthermore, to offer customer's discretion and choice of trim, this engine is packed with a 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic transmission. This MPV is offered in 5 trim levels – APV Arena GL, GX-MT, GX-AT, SGX-MT and SGX-AT. On an average, it delivers mileage count of 8.2 l/100km which is a decent count in the segment. The top speed of this vehicle is 142 km/h.
This all purpose multi-vehicle by Suzuki offers new lifestyle opportunity to travel to the desired destination hauling maximum cargo along with you. Its overall proportions are measured as 4225mm x 1655mm x 1855mm (L x W x H) along with the wheelbase of 2625mm. The key elements of its exterior design includes small sloping bonnet, rear side swing doors and extended silhouette. Thick front bumper features blackish radiator grille, large headlamps with multi-reflector and fog lamps. Multi-spoked 14-inch wheels comes fitted as standard in APV Arena, whose total rim size is 185/80 R14.
Suzuki APV Arena's exterior structure may appear compact but it offers ample space to its occupants in supreme comfort and utility storage cabins inside. This MPV allows eight passengers to sit together at a time with sufficient space available for legroom, particularly for 2nd & 3rd row passengers. Steering wheel is perfectly set in appropriate angle of driver in coordination with high position of the waistline, pedal and gear changing lever. Other comfort interior features loaded in the vehicle includes double blower built-in on the roof, captain seat with arm rest, sliding, reclining and folding option, double-din head unit and more. It offers a huge boot space of above 3000-litres on folding the rear seats that makes it fit for carrying all types of luggage.
Firm braking and handling of this vehicle is ensured all thanks to its ventilated disc brakes fitted on the front wheels and leading, trailing drum brakes fitted in the rear wheels. Furthermore, McPherson strut and coil spring front suspension with 3-link rigid axle with coil springs rear suspension supports the braking system in keeping the vehicle stable. Under TECT (Total Effective Control Technology), collision impact gets reduced due to the absorption of impact energy. This happens because basic structure of the car is made in solid, lightweight material integrated with ladder frame body monocoque. Other safety measures includes side impact beam, ELR seatbelt (Emergency Lock Retractor), central door locking and high mounted headlamps.
Suzuki APV arena is an entry level MPV that does what it is intended to do. However, being a budget car, do not expect much luxury or drive quality from it.