2017 Suzuki Vitara
The Suzuki Vitara has been around for a while now, since 1988 actually. That makes this one of the longest running models ever. It was designed to replace the Suzuki Jimmy as a small SUV. Now 30 years on and it's easy to see why this car is still around and still popular. Though now unfortunately the Suzuki Vitara is a car that seems to go unnoticed to many, unless they are looking for a cheap SUV. It is one of the cheapest SUV's on the market but is it worth buying?
I had the pleasure of testing the Suzuki Vitara 2WD (2 wheel drive) 1,4 Boosterjet S with 140 bhp. There is a good selection of petrol and diesel versions starting with the comfort version and with the S range being the top model on the list. This version, the 1,4 Boosterjet S, which is the top model gives a fuel return of 19.2 km/l (54 mpg), which is not too bad for this engine. Though in reality I was getting between 12-16 km/l (33-45 mpg).
The boot gives 375 liters of space with the rear seats up and 1160 liters of space with the rear seats down.
This means that the boot is not the largest in its class, for example compared to the Nissan Qashqai that gives you 430 liters of space with the rear seats up and 1585 liters of space with the rear seats down. Though the space you do get is a fair size and should fit most people's need. A nice touch Suzuki have put in this car is the removable floor in the boot, which increases the boot capacity a little, and makes it a few inches deeper for those wanting to carry taller things. You also get a 12V charging point in the boot which you can use to keep a cool box running in the boot.
The rear seats offer plenty of space for the children, and the nice big windows will allow them to see everything outside. You can also sit 3 adults in the rear relatively comfortably. Though don't expect any fancy technology in the rear seats, the only technology you will get is electric windows.
The front seats are more than comfortable enough, and have enough movement to easily find a comfortable sitting position. You will also find plenty of storage space in the front for all the snacks you can carry.
The Suzuki Vitara is one of the cheapest SUV's on the market, and for that to happen obviously some money saving had to be made. This has happened heavily on the technology availability side of things. The S version I drove, has all the technology you could possibly get in the car. Though this does not amount to much, for a full list click here.
You get everything you need and then some in this model. Intelligent cruise control, that you can adjust, touch screen multimedia infotainment system with GPS, bluetooth phone connectivity, climate control, key less ignition, rear view camera, heated seats and plenty more.
The S model also comes with things that in my opinion are pointless. Things like black alloy wheels, chrome bits on the out side of the car,
the red trim inside and blacked out windows. Basically they have turned the outside of the car to look like a gangster car. Now don't get me wrong it does look good, but still I have a family not a crew.
I have to be honest here, I was expecting to be disappointed by this car. However it did not disappoint, in fact it was very very good. The 1,4 Boosterjet engine with 140 bhp, makes sure you have more than enough power for anything. It corners very well to my surprise with little lean and the acceleration is amazing for the size of this car. The suspension is good at sucking up the bumps and holding the car upright in the corners. This car makes you feel confident when driving, which is very nice. Also, needless to say it was actually fun to drive.
The Suzuki Vitara is a surprising car to drive, very nice and comfortable, as well as fun. It's cheaper than most SUV's on the market and for that you won't get as much technology as other makes. You will however get enough space, for you and the family and everything you need in the technology department. The Suzuki Vitara has been around now for 30 years and has a proven track record for reliability and durability so major repair costs should not be a factor with this car. It is certainly a car that should be considered when buying an SUV.
So far my favourite car for our family's next car is the Honda HRV, but after test driving the Suzuki Vitara I am now in doubt. The Suzuki Vitara is a good car, that I can see myself driving on a day to day basis, along with the long journeys, and still be in comfort. At the same time I was set on the Honda HRV because of the exact same reasons. When I compare the 2 cars, the Suzuki Vitara costs nearly 1/3 less than the Honda HRV, but I don't like the outer looks of the Suzuki Vitara as much as the Honda HRV. As for the inside, the Honda HRV also offers a little more technology, passenger comfort and feels more luxurious. But then the Suzuki Vitara can carry more weight with a towing hook than the Honda HRV, 400 kg more to be exact. Since both cars cost over 1/4 of a million Danish kroner, I'd like to make the right choice. So this is a tough one. I look forward to explore more cars/car brands in this class and hopefully the choice for our next family car will be easier/clearer.
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