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Suzuki Vitara Review

September 9, 2015

Today we’re putting another SUV through its paces with a test drive of the Suzuki Vitara. Suzuki is renowned for building hard-wearing and affordable 4x4s and, as you’ll see in our Suzuki Vitara review, this latest model doesn’t disappoint – with a new look, lower running costs and improved performance, all at an affordable price.

If you fancy finding out more about this stylish crossover, get stuck into our Suzuki Vitara review. If you like what you see but can’t find the funds to finance it, our flexible Suzuki finance options should do the trick.

Suzuki Vitara

Original image by M 93


Suzuki has moved away from the Range Rover inspired design to make the Suzuki Vitara a reasonably roomy ride, with plenty of storage options and a 37.5litre boot, which can extend to 1,120 litres when the rear seats are folded.

With more height and chunky angular styling, you’ll get comfort on top of a commanding view of the road – as well as generous leg and headroom, even in the rear seats. Bonus points for the chrome grille at the front, which is a particularly stylish touch.

Performance & Handling

With only two engines on offer, a 1.6 diesel and 1.6 petrol, the range is far from extensive, but both pack enough of a punch to make it an exciting drive – with agile handling and decent torque despite its height. Plus, with four transmission settings – Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock – you can adjust where you want the power to suit your driving conditions.

Weighing less than competitors in its class, the Suzuki Vitara brings with it some affordable running costs. The two-wheel drive diesel with manual gearbox offers the best fuel economy of the bunch, at an impressive 70.6mpg – with CO2 emissions of 106g/kg and a bargain road tax figure of just £20 a year. The entry-level petrol versions, however, may well be cheaper to own but they’re more expensive to run – returning 53.3mpg and emitting 123g/km of CO2.


No matter which of the three available trims you opt for, the Suzuki Vitara provides plenty of equipment – with even the basic SZ4 packing in alloy wheels, DAB Digital Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, air-con and cruise control. As you move up the trims, the next level SZ-T features Sat-Nav and rear-parking sensors – and for those willing to shell out, the top of the range SZ5 gives you front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a double sliding panoramic roof.

To complete the look, you can choose from Urban or Rugged styling packs, which include extra chrome trims, a tailgate spoiler and tougher skid plates for off-road driving.

Suzuki Vitara Finance

Suzuki Vitara back

Original image by M 93

Like the sound of this capable crossover? The Suzuki Vitara, for sale from £13,999, could be yours with a little help from the Car Loan Warehouse. Our car finance options are designed to suit any budget, make or model, so why not apply now or get an instant estimate with our car finance calculator?

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.