The 2017 Suzuki Vitara
The Suzuki Vitara is an affordable mid-sized SUV that offers lots of practicality for the money and is well equipped as standard; including cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity. Suzuki has taken their expertise in smaller cars to fine tune the new model; the result is that it’s one of the lightest in its class.
In terms of styling, the original Vitara was a stripped out compact SUV model; however, the new generation is more of a modern crossover. The facelift is characterized by its chunkier and more aggressive looks; the Vitara is a very conspicuous car for the money. Available in a variety of striking colours; each with contrasting black or white trim with the headline model showcasing “Atlantis Turquoise”. The SZ-T spec boasts 17” silver painted alloy wheels and silver roof rails. This spec also includes the reverse camera and radar brake support. The front bumper features a silver grill and daytime running lights.
The interior is a little more understated, designed to suit family needs. Visibility isn’t hindered either due to the high driving position, making it a suitable choice for the school run and winter driving. The Suzuki Vitara also has a lot of storage space for a car of its size with a boot space capacity of 375 litres and plenty of room for rear passengers.
Vitara Petrol Engine
As for performance, the SZ-T on offer comes with a 1.6L Petrol engine; offering 120BHP
with a leisurely 0-62
mph of 10-12
seconds and an average fuel economy of around 52-60mpg
. The gearbox is a 5 speed manual and the drivetrain is front wheel drive. If you need something more off-road friendly, there is an optional extra for four wheel drive (£1,800 inc VAT) however this is only available with the diesel engines.
Suzuki is known for building lightweight durable cars; in 2015 the Vitara model scored five stars in the reformed Euro NCAP crash test; each model in the range comes with seven airbags, stability control and tyre-pressure monitoring. The Isofix points are easy to use and the plastic caps do not completely detach therefore won’t go missing.
Suzuki has brought a refreshing take on the modern crossover, rivals such as the Peugeot 2008 and Dacia duster are not available in four wheel drive nor do they share the same bold styling. In a very competitive market; the Vitara offers value for money - with a starting price of £15,499
you could get your hands on a brand new Vitara for the same money as a mid-spec Ford Fiesta.