2020 Suzuki Vitara SUV review

this is the Suzuki Vitara a small SUV in a super competitive class up against the likes of the Sailor owner Renault Kaptur and Volkswagen T cross this fourth generation model first went on sale in

2015 but it’s recently had a facelift to update its styling bring in a new engine and tweak its pricing now in the past the Vitara has always stood out from the crowd thanks to its low pricing but is

that the case now and is it still a good choice well that’s what we’re going to find out in this review and if you want to buy Avatara or any of its rivals head to work on where you can find the best

new car deals around go to the new car buying section when you’re there click on the Vitara and you’ll be able to see all the deals available to you and if you want to stay up to speed with the

latest new car video reviews then please do subscribe to the wot car Channel so let’s first talk about those styling changes that the facelifted model gets and if you look at the front you can see

that it gets a slightly redesigned light cluster grille and bumper while at the rear there’s again a more intricate design for its tail lights inside Suzuki

has really tried to lift the quality of the interior so for the first time the Vitara gets soft touch materials on top of the dashboard and there’s no doubting that the Vitara looks as good as it ever

has inside however it’s not all good news because these soft touch materials here are the best that you’ll find because elsewhere it’s pretty cheap and especially inside the door here the

plastics you can hear pretty scratchy brittle hard and just generally not very good and these air vents especially are quite flimsy too but to be fair to the

Vitara all the other cars in this class also have a similar mix of quality in their interiors for the materials that are used at least and in the Vitara

finding a comfortable driving position is really easy there’s loads of adjustment in the seat and in the steering wheel to adjust for height and reach and these front seats are pretty

comfortable as well plus the facelifted model now gets a central armrest here there is though still no adjustable lumbar support the books like body and

large glass area mean it’s easy to see out of the Vitara but a big drawback of the interior is the infotainment system SNT and i said 5 models get this

touchscreen display as standard but perhaps the kindest thing you can say about it is that at least it does get apple carplay

and android auto as standard the infotainment system itself is easy enough to navigate but the icons are pretty small and it can be pretty slow

to respond to your touch inputs as well so as you can see these shortcut buttons are on the small side and not that easy to hit when you’re on the move but

actually the worst thing about it is this touch sensitive pad on the side here for the volume it’s really fiddly trying to turn up the tunes when you’re

driving so actually a physical dial would be much easier but there are at least some helpful buttons on the steering wheel to help control it All

Things Considered though rival systems are much better space up front is good with lots of head and legroom and we’ve already shown the adjustability that you

can get in the driver seat but the storage compartments are a bit on the small side these cubby holes here aren’t particularly big although what is good

is in the central armrest actually there’s a decent amount of storage under there in the back legroom is very generous even if you’re sat behind a

tall driver and Headroom is really good as well but it’s worth bearing in mind that if you have a panoramic sunroof fitted then it really cuts into Headroom

that’s available in the back and in the front and so a panoramic sunroof is standard on s-said 5 so that might be a trim that’s worth avoiding but if you

really want a small SUV that’s generous in the back then this is impressive but a Kia Soul is bigger still the boots pretty good by class standards as well

and it’s been thoughtfully designed so there’s no load lip there’s decent underfloor storage and the boot floor itself isn’t actually that high off the

ground plus you’ve got some helpful storage pockets on either side the rear seats are split folding in a 60/40 configuration but they don’t slide or

recline like they do in some rivals like the Citroen c3 err cross and when they’re down the boot space is generous but the c3 air cross is bigger still

the Vitara now has a very simple engine line-up of just two engines so for the facelift Suzuki’s ditched the 1.6 liter petrol and the diesel option from before and

now you’ve got 1 liter and 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol engines so this 109 brake horsepower 1 liter petrol engine is definitely the Pick of

the range and it’s borrowed from the Suzuki Swift so the 1.6 liter engine from before had to be revved really really hard to get anything from it at all really

but this 1 liter turbo pulls much better from low revs so actually even getting up to motorway speeds is no drama for it at all it’s a very impressive engine and

actually it can definitely go toe-to-toe with equivalent units and its rivals if you do want a bit more power and regularly do long journeys then the 1.4

liter is still an excellent option but it is a little bit pricey this 5-speed manual gearbox is pretty not G compared to the Sailor owners which is just

slicker and also more precise and be aware if you go for an automatic or indeed all-wheel drive in the Vitara then it does blunt the performance

somewhat the Vitara has firm but well damped suspension big bumps or potholes will send a dull thud through the interior but the road rarely gets

unsettled and never becomes jarring all things considered this is one of the more comfortable small SUVs on sale you can even have some fun hustlin the

Vitara along a twisty b road thanks for its tight body control but the steering does let it down a little bit it’s very light and there’s no real connection

with the front wheels but that’s no problem around town and Vitara is very comfortable and relaxing at lower speeds but if you are driving quickly you’ll definitely notice that a set or honor is more controlled

one of the reasons the Vitara was so popular in the past was because of its excellent value but has the facelift changed that well these are the most important things you need to know about

buying and owning a Suzuki Vitara well the facelift has brought some punchy of pricing for the Vitara so whereas before it used to undercut the vast majority of cars in this class now it’s actually

similarly priced to the sale aronia Citroen c3 air cross and Renault Kaptur so it’s not quite the bargain it once was but if you go to what calm we can save you up to a thousand pounds off the

cost of it new Suzuki Vitara click on the link in the top right corner to find out more it does help the economical engines reasonable insurance groups and sensible servicing costs all mean the

Vitara is an inexpensive car to run but the Vitara doesn’t hold on to its value as well as other rivals like the aronia so that does offset some of the savings

you might make elsewhere on the plus side it makes up for this by offering much more equipment than similarly priced rivals the best trim is s-said T which gets cruise control 17-inch alloys

a sat-nav with smartphone mirroring Bluetooth da B digital radio and a rear-view camera the Vitara is also a reliable car in our latest reliability survey suzuki was rated the most

reliable manufacturer and the Vitara was third in its class behind another Suzuki the SX 4s cross and the Peugeot 2008 as with many of its rivals a three year

60,000 mile warranty comes as standard while a 12 year anti perforation warranty should stop any concerns about rust the Vitara got the full five-star

safety score from Euro encap but that was on the older style of testing in 2015 if it was tested today it might not score so highly because the two entry-level trims don’t get automatic

emergency braking so the suzuki vitara is better than ever inside and on the road but an increase in price and increase in the competition

means that it doesn’t look like such a bargain now compared to cars like the class-leading Sailor.

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