Suzuki Philippines introduced the latest version of its popular light commercial vehicle, the Suzuki Carry, in 2019, promising a bigger, more powerful, and more dependable workhorse for the Filipino businessman.
The 2019 Suzuki Carry replaces the Super Carry, and the difference between the two is more than just a name change. The biggest contributor to all the difference is that, while the Super Carry is built in India, the new Carry is assembled in Indonesia by Suzuki Indomobil Motor.
As an LCV, the Suzuki Carry goes up against the Kia K2500, Isuzu Traviz, and stalwart Mitsubishi L300 in its segment. Clearly, the Carry goes up against some stiff competition, especially the L300, which is basically a fixture in the country’s LCV scene. But does Suzuki’s commercial offering have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with its more popular rivals? We take a look at the Suzuki Carry’s pros and cons below.
1. A proven hard worker
Suzuki promises that the Carry is as tough as you require it to be. With the Japanese brand’s 40 years of compact truck making experience backing it up, the Carry is ready to bear the brunt, even when facing the harshest environments. As for how much it can “carry,” this vehicle can load up to 940kg in total. A sturdy construction, coupled with a heavy duty suspension system, provides good weight distribution within the wheelbase area, ensuring years of service. 22 rope hooks and 3-side access further enhance the truck’s utility.
2. Enough space for the biggest cargo
Even if you plan on hauling large pieces of furniture, the Carry boasts an extra-large loading capacity and easy access to the bed from all three sides. “These are only a few of the reasons why you need the Carry,” Suzuki claims. Measuring 2565mm long and 1660mm wide, Carry’s large-size bed makes it easy to transport long objects as well as wide ones. And with a height of 1160 mm to the top of the cab, even tall cargo will be easy to fit onto the truck bed as well.
3. Well-protected from floodwater
Bad weather won’t hamper your business, as the Carry is built with 160mm ground clearance, tall enough to overcome lightly flooded side streets and throughways. The engine intake is also placed at a higher position to allow the truck to trudge through water levels as tall as 300mm. The Carry is also built to keep rust at bay with a base made of galvanized steel plates sealed and undercoated for protection. The stainless-steel exhaust system is also durably rust-resistant.
4. Added comfort for drivers
LCVs are notoriously uncomfortable for occupants, but the Suzuki Carry helps ensure drivers are comfortable for the long haul with ample legroom, multiple storage bins, sliding driver’s seat, and manual air conditioning.
5. Affordable pricing
The Suzuki Carry has a starting price of PHP539,000. That’s over two hundred thousand pesos cheaper than the cheapest L300. Indeed, the Carry was built to give the L300 a run for its money, so if you intend to save on your LCV purchase, the Suzuki Carry deserves your serious thought.
1. Lack of safety features
The Suzuki Philippines website lists seatbelts as the Suzuki’s only safety feature. Although its competitors don’t offer anything better, this would have been a way to help the Carry stand out from the rest of the pack, so for us, this is a missed opportunity for Suzuki’s cargo hauler, considering that it still has plenty of room for added accoutrements price-wise.
2. Outdated styling
Even the Mitsubishi saw fit to update the L300’s iconic looks, so it certainly wouldn’t have hurt to give the Carry some stylish flourishes.
Yay or nay?
All things considered, there’s really nothing you can ask for from the Suzuki Carry, especially at its price range. And Suzuki has a lengthy light truck manufacturing experience to fall back on, making this LCV offering a solid buy. As long as you’re willing to invest on a lesser-known LCV model, purchasing the Suzuki Carry can be the smartest choice you make for your business.
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