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 £17,999
Contract hire deals from £177.68 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

506

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Should I swap my Vauxhall Corsa for a Kia Rio?
"I currently have a 2010 Vauxhall Corsa. Although it's a really slow car, I've liked it as it's roomy inside and feels solid and safe. It's just passed its MOT but urgently needs 2 new tyres and, at some point, new brake pads. I had to have the timing chain replaced last year, which wasn't cheap and a few other things - so I was looking at a new car. A few people said to get a Kia and I've seen a 2017 Kia Rio for £8999 - but I don't know if that's a good price/good car. The Kia Sportage looks a good car but I don't really need such a big vehicle and would need to get an older model to afford one. What do you think? Thanks."
The Kia Rio's a good little car. It'll be a bit more spacious than your Corsa and, as you've said, will come with a lengthy amount of warranty remaining (provided it's been serviced correctly). Also consider the very similar Hyundai i20 or, if practicality's important, a Honda Jazz is also a good choice. The Kia Sportage is a great car but, as you say, quite a bit bigger than your Corsa or a Kia Rio. If a slightly bigger crossover vehicle appeals, consider a Suzuki Vitara. It's a bit smaller than a Sportage and will be very reliable and cheap to run.
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What SUV will hold its value over the next five years?
"Can you suggest a reliable SUV under £9000 that will hold its value over 5 years? I live in Bristol so was leaning towards petrol."
Unfortunately, unless you buy a classic car, any SUV you buy will depreciate in value over five years. You could go for something like a classic Range Rover – a tidy one could be a good investment but it'll need regular maintenance. Otherwise, a reliable SUV for £9k would be a Suzuki Vitara or, if you need more space, a Honda CR-V. We'd recommend a petrol if you live (or regularly drive into) the centre of Bristol.
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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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What does a Suzuki Vitara (2015) cost?

Buy new from £17,999 (list price from £22,239)
Contract hire from £177.68 per month