Suzuki Vitara

The Suzuki Vitara has been with us since 1988 and has been updated for the 2019 model, new design alloy wheels are available, a redesigned front grille and lower bumper is utilised and the rear of the car features new design and distinctive LED combination lamps. For the interior, the upper instrument panel now incorporates a soft touch material for added quality and the instrument cluster has a new design with colour central information display. The Vitara is built on a shortened platform shared with the super value stablemate, 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.


Not 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, SZ5 models also include Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Traffic Sign recognition, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear cross traffic alert.


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 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. Since the 1.0 litre has been dropped the entry car is a 1.4 litre petrol 48v Mild Hybrid turbo that produces 138bhp that can reach 62mph in 10.2 seconds and return a claimed 52.7 mpg as a manual.  The new 1.5 AGS  is a full hybrid, albeit with a small 0.84 kWh battery, it is neither powerful, 113 bhp, fast, 0-62 mph in 12.7 seconds or economical 53mpg. It also suffers from a automated manual gearbox, which is what we used to call a semi- automatic, Prices start at £1499 AP for the SZ-T trim up to £2499 AP for the SZ5 in front wheel drive or £2999 AP in all wheel drive.

Autumn Best Buy – Suzuki Vitara 1.4 Petrol 138 bhp Mild Hybrid 6 Speed Manual SZ-T 2 wheel drive  –  £799 Advance Payment (£72.00 + £623 wpms)