Suzuki Vitara (2015) Review

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Suzuki Vitara (2015) At A Glance

4/5

+Very good to drive and comfortable. Lots of interior space. Five star Euro NCAP rating. Relatively economical. Excellent 1.0 BoosterJet engines.

-Interior not as plush as rivals but was much improved from 2019.

New prices start from £16,993, brokers can source from £22,529
Contract hire deals from £176.19 per month
Insurance Groups are between 11–21
On average it achieves 88% of the official MPG figure

On sale for more than a quarter of a century, the Suzuki Vitara is arguably the original crossover SUV. Unlike 25 years ago, the Vitara now sits amongst a raft of similarly small SUVs - the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka X to name a few.

Although it's a competitive market, the Vitara is slightly different to its peers. It's marginally bigger and therefore more practical (although not as big as the likes of the Nissan Qashqai). It's also surprisingly good to drive.

Indeed, it matches many more expensive crossovers for comfort and handling capability. Various engines have been available since it was launched, but the 1.0-litre turbocharged BoosterJet petrol, launched when the Vitara was facelifted for 2019, is our choice, thanks to smooth yet strong performance and little noise.

AllGrip four-wheel drive is an option and provides genuine off-road ability (although it stops short of being a serious mud-plugger - the Jimny's got that covered), while on the road it makes the Vitara feel unflappable. Most buyers opt for the two-wheel-drive version, however, which feels like a Swift-on-stilts (in a good way). It will grip and grip, although there's obviously more roll than the hatch due to the higher centre of gravity.

Style-conscious buyers can choose from a selection of two-tone paint options, as well as a selection of customisation options for the cabin. The interior isn't quite as plush as some rivals, but it feels solid and the touchscreen infotainment system (standard on the SZ-T and up) is easy to use.

The Vitara has 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. It scored five stars when it was crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2015.

We think the Vitara offers a lot of space and equipment for the money. It may not be as stylish as other small SUVs nor as desirable, but we think the smart money would go on the Vitara every time. For 2019 the car was brought up to date with an improved interior (you can tell the revised models by the chrome slats on the grille) making it more than a match for the competition.

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Real MPG average for a Suzuki Vitara (2015)

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Average performance

88%

Real MPG

30–70 mpg

MPGs submitted

501

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Can you suggest an automatic car that handles potholes well?
"Due to a painful left knee, I need an automatic car. I currently drive a Kia Venga and I like the high driving position, although my husband says it’s too harsh over bumps, potholes etc. Can you suggest any cars, please? I have approximately £10,000 and the resale value on my 2010 Venga. Kind regards."
We'd recommend a Citroen C3 Aircross. It's a crossover SUV with a soft, comfortable ride and reliable torque-converter automatic gearbox. Also, consider a Suzuki Vitara or, if you don't want a crossover SUV, a Honda Jazz.
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Could you recommend a petrol SUV with a low boot lip?
"Unfortunately, our 1998 Toyota RAV4 has a slipping clutch and signs of rust. We're looking for a high-seated petrol SUV, preferably with a low boot lip so a dog can jump in. We like the looks of the Ford Ecosport (which I know you don't rate) and the Mazda CX-3. What would you recommend in this crowded market? It will be used mostly on local runs with the occasional longer trip. We have about £14,500 to spend. Thanks."
The Ford EcoSport has been heavily updated a few times. It might not be the best crossover in its class but examples from 2018 onwards are much better than earlier models. One of these will be in budget and will likely meet all your requirements. The CX-3 would be a good alternative, while we'd also recommend a Suzuki Vitara or a Honda HR-V.
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Can you recommend a replacement for my Skoda Yeti?
"I thought I had found the answer to my search for a small used SUV by looking at Skoda Yeti, but the gear box is a DSG - which I believe is bad news. I have a 2008 Mazda 6 estate petrol auto and it would be ideal to match the gearbox performance with its replacement. Any suggestions? One of the attractions of the Yeti is the size and driving position."
We'd recommend a Kia Sportage. It's available with a slick automatic gearbox and comes with a transferable seven-year warranty. Also consider a Suzuki Vitara if you'd prefer a slightly smaller crossover.
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Is it foolish to buy a petrol car if I live in London?
"I'm considering buying a secondhand Fiat 500X. I don't want to spend more than £8,500, however, I'm not sure if it's foolish to buy a petrol over, say, a second hand Toyota Yaris hybrid. I like the interior/exterior of the Fiat 500X, but am nervous about resale value/the move towards electric/hybrid. If it makes a difference, I live in London just outside the ULEZ extension so it will be used for mainly getting out of London. Any advice would be much appreciated. Open to suggestions, too! Thanks."
No, it's not at all foolish to buy a petrol car at the moment. An older diesel wouldn't be a sensible move but a small petrol engine still makes sense as a secondhand purchase, even in London. We'd also recommend looking at a Suzuki Vitara with the 1.6 petrol engine.
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What does a Suzuki Vitara (2015) cost?

Buy new from £22,529 (list price from £22,989)
Contract hire from £176.19 per month