Suzuki Vitara

4/5
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Verdict

Would you believe that the first Vitara was released way back in 1988? It was met with a warm reception in Ireland and the Vitara has always been quite popular here. During 2015 Suzuki launched their latest generation of Vitara and again it received a warm welcome from the Irish motor press. The new Vitara has hints of other vehicles like the Range Rover Evoque and we think that it’s not a bad looking machine. Suzuki has also priced themselves competitively against the likes of the Mazda CX-3, the Opel Mokka, the Fiat 500x, the Skoda Yeti, the Peugeot 2008, the Jeep Renegade and the Renault Captur.

Performance

There are two engines available with the new Suzuki Vitara. The entry level model houses a 1.6 litre petrol engine that offers maximum power of 118 bhp and maximum torque of 156Nm at 4,400rpm. The diesel offering comes from a 1.6 DDiS engine. This direct injection engine also offers maximum power of 118 bhp but maximum torque on offer is 320Nm at 1,750rpm. This same engine powers the 4x4 ALLGRIP model that we were testing. In terms of off road abilities the Suzuki will certainly not have you stuck on mountain roads on icy days and it should be good for some minor off-roading.

Ride & Handling

The Vitara is a fun car to drive. It doesn’t have the most responsive steering that you will ever feel in a car of this ilk and when it comes to cornering at any type of speed there is a bit of body roll. Apart from that the Vitara grips the road well and soaks up bumps evenly and it’s an enjoyable machine to drive.

Refinement

The diesel engine can be a bit on the loud side but things even out when you get to your intended speed. The Vitara is not exceptionally padded in terms of sound insulation. Therefore it does suffer from both road and wind noise. The wind noise we suspect comes from the wing mirrors.

Quality & Reliability

This Suzuki is not full of high-end plastics and they are cheap to the touch - but they are nicely styled and in our test model the exterior colours were brought onto the dash board. The driver’s seat and the steering wheel can be manoeuvred to suit most shapes and size and the seats are comfortable too. There is a central touch screen which looks great and is highly functional but unfortunately it was not as responsive to the touch as we were hoping.

Safety & Security

During 2015 the Suzuki Vitara scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests. This compact SUV received a score of 89% for adult occupancy. It also scored very well with child occupancy and pedestrian safety scoring 85% and 76% respectively. The Vitara comes with seven airbags in total, this includes a driver’s knee airbag. The top spec GLX models are also available with Radar Brake and Adaptive Cruise Control. Radar brake operate at lower speeds and will automatically apply the brakes if the car feels that a collision is imminent.

Space & Practicality

The Vitara is a spacious compact SUV. It offers excellent head and leg room to the front. Taller passengers may have a problem with head room to the rear on account of the slanted roof. The capacity of the boot area is 375 litres and with the seats folded down this increases to 710 litres. The Vitara also has a towing capacity of 1,500 kg.

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Key Facts

New Price
€19,995
Make

Suzuki

Model
Vitara
Variant
1.6 GL 2WD Petrol SS
First year of model production
2015
Engine (L)
1.6
Transmission
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
Average Cost Per 200km
€13.93
Cost of filling a tank
€61.76
Average L/100km
5.3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
47
Fuel Tank Range (km)
887
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
123
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
118
Top Speed
180 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
11.5
Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Normally
Torque
156

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
375
Kerb weight
1075
Tyre Size Front
215/55 R17
Tyre Size Back
215/55 R17
Wheel Base
2500

Warranty

Warranty All Components
3 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Warranty Car Body
12 Year warranty
Warranty Paintwork
3 Year warranty for paint defects
Warranty Mileage
100,000
Warranty Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The latest Suzuki Vitara offers good value for money and loads of kit, but it's more of a crossover now than a rugged off-roader
Top Gear
There’s an inescapable whiff of Evoque to its styling and a bit of Captur in its inevitably varied colour palette, but they’re hardly bad cars to be taking visual inspiration from.
What Car
There are cheaper compact SUVs, but the Suzuki Vitara is one of the most spacious and best equipped.

Dimensions

Boot capacity
375 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
215/55 R17 mm
Tyre size back
215/55 R17 mm
Length
4175 mm
Width
1775 mm
Height
1610 mm
Wheel Base
2500 mm
Front Track (mm)
1610 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1505 mm
Kerb weight
1075 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1730 KG
Turning circle (m)
10.4 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent, spring
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
118 bhp