Drive her right and the CVT variant of the second-gen Suzuki Celerio is the closest you’ll come to experiencing a hybrid without it being, you know, an actual hybrid.

Exploiting that early clutch lock-up on the Celerio’s JATCO CVT7 gearbox mitigates the typical “rubber-band” feel of continuous variable transmissions. And, with the sub-compact hatchback’s 1.0L 3-cylinder K10B engine delivering peak torque so early, waiting those few seconds for lock-up before getting assertive on the gas pedal will deliver this pleasant disconnect between a nice surge in force and the engine still running quietly under 2500rpm.

Good torque even with silent running and the smooth shiftless feel of a sensibly driven CVT, you’d think they somehow snuck in an electromotor under the hood.

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