All round vision is very good and parking was a breeze ...
What's It Like to Live With
Bar some ‘S’ trim additions it is pretty much like the SZ5 model we tested previously.
The ‘S’ edition comes with keyless entry and start – which means the key can be kept in your pocket or bag – there are little black tabs on the door handles which you have to touch and there is a starting button to start the car.
Getting in and out is a fairly easy affair, although the doors do not open particularly wide – but the cills are relatively low. Interior space is good as is the head and leg room making the Suzuki Vitara very easy to get in and out of – although adult rear seat passengers may find the legroom a little uncomfortable.
All round vision is very good and parking was a breeze, there are front and rear parking sensors which is backed up with a parking camera.
We did find the front seats a bit unsupportive when cornering but they are adjustable for height and recline (lever) and the leather covered steering wheel is adjustable for reach and rake.
It has a footprint of 4175mm long x 1775mm wide x 1610mm tall which compares to a close rival the Mazda CX-3 which measures up at 4275mm (l) x 1765mm (w) x 1535mm (h).
The boot can accommodate up to 375 litres with the rear seats up which increases to 710 litres with 60:40 split rear seats down and features a removable split level luggage area floor with bag hooks & tie down hooks. Under the boot floor is a tyre inflation kit, so if the tyre should come off the rim you are going to have to call your breakdown service. In comparison, the Mazda CX-3’s boot can accommodate 350 litres / 1260 litres.
Like all the Vitara petrol models the ‘S’ model can tow up to a maximum braked weight of 1200 kgs and the diesel 1500 kgs. (The 1.6 DDiS diesel ALLGRIP TCSS (6-speed dual clutch automatic system) 1200 kg).
The ‘S’ edition comes with an engine auto stop-start system (EASS), adaptive cruise control with speed limiter, keyless entry & start, automatic air conditioning, automatic headlamps & levelling.
There are suede seats, a rear spoiler, rear privacy glass, wheel arch extensions, side body mouldings & front fog lamp bezels – some of the sports styling might require getting used to – we were not too keen on the red trim touches around the a/c vents and on the headlights.
The ‘S’ and ‘SZ5’ trim come with LED headlights and LED daytime running lights as standard, an expensive option on a lot of cars. They make a real difference when driving at night but sadly the LED headlights does not extend to full beam, which gives a split effect, white low beam and a kind of burnt yellow beam – on top when on full beam – surely they can add full LED lights.