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First drive: Suzuki Vitara 1.6 DDiS GLX ALLGRIP

 Buyers can choose from 10 body colours

Buyers can choose from 10 body colours

With Suzuki’s new Vitara  you can now get muddy in style writes Geraldine Herbert

What is it? Suzuki has revived an old name for their all  new Vitara. This the fourth generation of their popular SUV bears no resemblance to previous versions and is set to rival the likes of the Peugeot 2008, Nissan’s Juke and Renault’s Captur.

First impressions of the new Suzuki Vitara?  Sleek and very stylish there  is more than a hint of current Land Rover design about the Vitara.

What about the interior?  Slip behind the wheels and space for both front and rear passengers is good and the high driving position allows a decent view of the road ahead. Some of the fittings feel a little plasticky though  but there are some very smart details throughout including the air vents and circular clocks.

And off the road? We had an opportunity to drive the 1.6-litre DDiS ALLGRIP, which has plenty of power, yet is quiet enough not to bother you. The Allgrip system shifts power to different wheels depending on the conditions you encounter. A selectable snow or mud option helps you out even more when the going gets tough. Off road it proved very capable and more than sufficient for anything the average commute can throw at it.

How much? Available in three trims GL, GL+ and GLX the new five door compact SUV will be priced from €19,999 when it goes on sale next month. The model tested at the launch was the 1.6 DDiS GLX ALLGRIP and that starts at €27,995. There is also a 1.6-litre petrol engine to choose from with 120bhp.

How safe? Electronic Stability  control helps keep the car on the road if you have to swerve suddenly and each Vitara car comes stuffed with seven airbags.  The four-wheel-drive system will kick in when the going gets tough and there is also a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

 3 words to describe the  Suzuki Vitara: Refined; Reliable; Robust

 

For more information check out Suzuki.ie, the  Suzuki facebook page or follow them on twitter here

 

 Geraldine Herbert

28th March, 2015

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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