We get to grips with the all-new Suzuki Vitara, an important newcomer in the growing compact crossover segment. With so much heritage attached to its name, much is expected of the new Vitara. Will the Suzuki live up to the hype?
Previous generations of the Suzuki Vitara were known for their outstanding reliability and off-road capability. However, back then the Vitara had the segment entirely to itself. The new Vitara faces stiff competition in the ever-growing compact crossover market. The dominating presence of the Ford Ecosport, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Kia Soul is bound to make life tough for the newcomer. Nonetheless, the Vitara is well packaged, as well as attractive; it's likely to make a significant impact on the local market, especially considering Suzuki's reputation for superb after-sales service.
We recently spent time reviewing the latest Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GL+, which is priced at R269 900, and comes fitted with a host of standard features. Some notable items include climate control, cruise control, a multifunction steering wheel and USB/Aux inputs. Front- and all-wheel-drive derivatives are available and suit a variety of driving conditions. In fact, buyers will revel in the new model's ride comfort.
The Vitara is also quite practical and with 375 litres of boot space along with a removable floor, there's ample room for ordinary and, not so ordinary, items. Fuel efficiency is good too, with Suzuki claiming 5.8 L/100km. The best facet of the new Vitara is its reassuring feeling of solidity; the sense that you could happily drive it year after year and eventually pass it on to your kids and that's quite refreshing.
2015 Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GL+ Prices and Specs
Price: R269 900
Engine: 1.6-litre 4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol
Power: 86 kW
Torque: 150 Nm
Fuel Economy: 5.8 litres/100km
Load Space: 375 litres/1 120 litres (utility space)
Warranty: 3 years/100 000km
Service Plan: 4 years/60 000km