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
28th March, 2015