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Suzuki Vitara (2015–)

Last updated 9 January 2018

New Vitara is smaller, lighter, more refined, more economical and better to drive than its predecessor. Five star Euro NCAP rating.
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Introduction

It may have a recognisable name and has been with us in one form of another for more than quarter of a century, but the Suzuki Vitara has until now managed to sit slightly askew of the wildly popular crossover SUV group that is is looking ever more attractive to family buyers who not only want something that’s practical, but also good to drive.

Unlike 25 years ago, the Vitara now finds itself among a raft of similarly small SUVs – the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka to name a few – so for this Vitara, Suzuki focused on improved performance, comfort, refinement and fuel economy rather than making it an incongruously effective mud-plugger.

That said, Allgrip four-wheel drive is an option and has a Sport functon to improve roadholding on roads. To appeal to more style-conscious buyers there is also a selection of two-tone paint options – plus a selection of customisation options for the cabin.

Initially offered with a choice of two 1.6-litre engines, one its own chain-cam petrol and the other a Fiat sourced diesel, the Vitara range was bolstered in late 2015 with the arrival of a super - and technologically advanced - 1.4-litre BoosterJet.

Both the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines produce 120PS, however the torque outputs are different. The petrol produces 156Nm at 4400rpm, while the diesel produces a more useful 320Nm from 1750rpm. The cracking 1.4-litre BoosterJet has 140PS, despite being its smaller capacity.

The Vitara gets up-to-date safety equipment including active systems like adaptive cruise control and automatic braking, as well as a high level of passive safety specification thanks to lightweight but strong bodywork. 

Suzuki Vitara 1.6 DDiS Allgrip and 1.6 2015 Road Test

Long Term Test Suzuki Vitara 1.6 Allgrip Long Term Test

Suzuki Vitara 1.4T BoosterJet S 4WD 2016 Road Test

Owners' reviews

4
Well equipped reliable Vehicle
5
Brilliant
3
Problems developing....
5
Great car brilliant fun to drive
4
Easy to get into, get out of, and easy to drive
4
The turbo is a joy
 

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