The Suzuki Vitara is a well established player in the global SUV market and has proven to be a great success worldwide.
The Vitara was first launched back in 1988 so they really know this market very well.
The all-new Vitara boasts the latest in automotive technology with a completely new body style.
Available in GL, GL+ and GLX grades, with a special 6 month introductory price of just €19,995 until October 2015 the new Vitara has a lot going for it.Two engines are available, a 1.6 petrol or a 1.6 diesel as tested here.
With some great new colours, a smart new design and plenty of choices when it comes to personalisation the new Vitara does make its mark on the street. It looks very well and has a distinctive style.
The cabin is attractive and well laid out and it all feels very well put together. I like the commanding driving position and excellent all round visibility.
Standard equipment is really comprehensive and beats many rivals at this price point.
Highlights for the entry level GL include seven airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Cruise control with speed limiter, auto air conditioning, front and rear electric windows and projector headlamps.
The GL+ adds 17-inch silver painted alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, Smartphone link audio and navigation system.
Moving up to GLX adds LED Projector headlights, 17-inch polished alloy wheels, suede seat fabric, keyless entry with start button, Adaptive Cruise Control, Radar Brake Support and a great panoramic sunroof which opens electrically to almost the full roof length. Suzuki ALLGRIP intelligent four-wheel drive is available as an option on GLX models. Naturally the items we now expect such as remote locking, air conditioning, electric windows and so forth are included in all models.
The interior is roomy and the load area is pretty of 375 litres with the rear seats in place is very good.
Finally there are an array of choices available to customers to ultimately personalise their cars from the factory.
There are two engine options, a 1.6 petrol or diesel. Today I am road testing the more popular diesel option which is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with drive to the front wheels unless you opt for the optional intelligent All Grip all wheel drive.
Performance is excellent, and with well chosen gear ratios this new Vitara proves a refined motorway cruiser. With 120 PS power output and 320NM of torque at just 1750 rpm the new Vitara is both lively and frugal. I returned an average consumption of just 6.3 litres per 100 km over my test.
My GLX test car had the optional ALL GRIP four wheel drive. I tried it out on some mild off-road terrain and it works seamlessly transferring power automatically to all wheels when needed. A simple switch offers Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock (differential) modes.
I really enjoyed my time with the new Suzuki Vitara. In short I can really recommend it! The GLX version tested costs €23,495.
The pricing is good, the specification is excellent, the personalisation options mean you really can create your very own individual car. Its frugal, practical and stylish. The new Vitara then is everything you could want in a modern SUV!