Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki Vitara Motability car sideThe Suzuki Vitara has been with us since 1988 but the new European emission rules have seen it transform into a mini SUV to challenge the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008.  The Vitara is built on a shortened Platform shared with the super value stablemate, SX4 S-Cross. The Vitara, despite being smaller, has more of a rugged presence than the straight laced S-Cross, parked next to a Land Rover Evoke it is easy to see where Suzuki gained its inspiration for the Vitara, it really is a very good looking car that is only let down by the lack of a high quality interior, too many of the plastics are hard to the touch.

 

Suzuki Vitara Motability car dashNot many rivals come with more standard equipment than the Vitara. Even entry-level SZ4 cars have 16″ alloy wheels, climate control, DAB radio, Bluetooth, four powered windows and cruise control, while SZ-T models add desirable items like sat-nav, reversing camera, 17″ alloys wheels and rear privacy glass. The SZ5 adds part-leather upholstery, LED headlamps, automatic lights and wipers, keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof and radar cruise control to the roster. The Vitara S includes sat-nav, four-wheel drive, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, keyless entry and ignition and a rear-view parking camera. Two styling packs can be specified for the exterior. the Urban pack adds a roof spoiler and chrome fog lamp bezels, and the Rugged pack adds front and rear skid plates and a protector for the boot edge, at a £100 excess to the Advance Payment we feel these are a bit of a folly and not worth the extra money.

 

Suzuki Vitara Motability car boot

A 375-litre boot means the Vitara’s capacity falls in-between the Nissan Juke’s 352-litre boot and the capacious 416-litre load bay offered in the Skoda Yeti and comparable with the Renault Captur, additional practicality comes in the form of underfloor storage, while no load lip means sliding heavy items in should be easy. Internal space is excellent, the driving position commanding with excellent visibility and entry to the car is aided by light doors that open to 90 degrees.

 

Suzuki Vitara Motability car rear

Aside from the 4 wheel drive Vitara S, which has a 1.4 litre petrol turbo that produces 138bhp and can reach 62mph in 10.2 seconds and return a claimed 52.3 mpg as a manual or automatic, two engines are available for the Vitara, both 1.6 litre with 118bhp, one petrol with five manual gears and one diesel with six, both can be paired to a 6 speed automatic gearbox. The non turbo petrol needs lots of revs to do its work and feels nice and perky when you oblige. The diesel is a more flexible companion thanks to its low-down pull and with superior refinement. The disadvantage to the diesel is the price premium, to gain the 70.6 miles per gallon over the 53.3 of the petrol the Advance payments start at £1299, and to get a 4 wheel drive Vitara the petrol unit starts from £399 Advance Payment.

Spring Best Buy – Suzuki Vitara 1.6 Petrol 118bhp 5 Speed Manual SZ-T  –  Nil Advance Payment (£59.31 wpms) or £299 (£61.33 wpms) as an Automatic