Suzuki Vitara Review
the ALLGRIP four wheel drive system features four driver-selectable modes enabling you to choose the mode...23 February 2016
The new Suzuki Vitara made its UK debut in April 2015 – over 25 years after it was originally launched. The new Vitara is smaller and more fuel efficient than the previous Grand Vitara model and is available with two and four wheel drive.
There are three trim levels available: SZ4, SZ-T and SZ5 – core standard equipment includes seven airbags (including a knee bag), ESP (electronic stability program), Bluetooth & DAB radio, automatic air-conditioning, front fog lights and LED daytime running lights.
Prices range from £13,999 for the 1.6 petrol SZ4 to £23,899 for the 1.6 DDiS ALLGRIP TCSS SZ5 + Rugged Pack.
What We Tested
We tested the Suzuki Vitara ALLGRIP SZ5 powered by the 1.6 litre 120 PS petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox which at the time of testing was priced at £20,299 OTR.
Driving and Performance
There is a choice of one petrol engine a 1.6 litre (1,586cc) 120 PS and one diesel engine a 1.6 litre DDiS (1598cc) 120 PS. You have a choice of 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with the 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 6-speed manual or TCSS (6-speed dual clutch automatic system) with the 1.6 litre diesel.
Our test car was fitted with the 1.6 litre 120 PS, 4-cylinder, 16 valve petrol engine capable of 0-62mph in 12 seconds and a top speed of 112 mph.
The 1.6 litre petrol engine is more than adequate for most conditions but you do notice it struggle up Devon’s hills and you do have to work the 5-speed gearbox to get the best out of it.
Suzuki quote official NEDC fuel consumption figures of urban: 43.4 mpg, extra urban: 55.4 mpg and combined: 50.4 mpg with CO2 emissions of 130 g/km.
These figures like every manufacturers are optimistic and as testing is done in a laboratory they do not match real world consumption. On our mixed test route we were achieving approximately 39.9 mpg urban which increased to around 45-55 mpg when touring – so not far off Suzuki’s figures.
The optional ALLGRIP four wheel drive system features four driver-selectable modes enabling you to choose the mode that best suits the road conditions. Auto mode uses 2 wheel drive by default and switches to four wheel drive when it detects wheel slip. Sport mode makes use of the four wheel drive system under more dynamic driving conditions optimising engine response and cornering performance. Snow mode is optimal for snowy, unpaved, and other slippery surfaces - the system uses four-wheel drive by default improving stability on low friction surfaces. Lock mode does exactly what it says and locks the system so that the pulling power is distributed to all four wheels. This works at speeds of up to 40mph, above which, it reverts to 4WD-Auto.