Suzuki Vitara S Road Test

Suzuki Vitara S (Interior View)

Suzuki Vitara S Review

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The Suzuki Vitara was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and it scored the maximum five stars, which breaks down to 89% for adult occupancy, 85% for child occupancy, 76% for pedestrian protection and 75% for safety assist. This compares to the Mazda CX-5 that also scored five stars, 94% for adult occupancy, 87% for child occupancy, 64% for pedestrian protection and 86% for safety assist.

Standard safety equipment includes: ABS with EBD and Brake Assist function, ESP® (Electronic Stability Program), hill hold control, driver & front passenger airbags, front passenger airbag deactivation system, side airbags (incorporated into front seats), curtain airbags, driver's knee airbag, front 3-point ELR seatbelts with pre-tensioner, force limiter and height adjuster, rear 3-point ELR seatbelts x 3, child seat tether anchorages x 3, childproof rear door locks, side impact protection beams, tyre pressure monitoring system, emergency flat tyre repair kit, immobiliser, security alarm, remote central locking, deadlocks, freewheeling key cylinders, visible VIN and locking wheel bolts.

‘S’ and ‘SZ5’ models are fitted with radar brake support, an emergency stop signal system and hill descent control.

The Radar Brake Support system operates at speeds above 3 mph and detects the risk of hitting another vehicle in front, warning the driver to brake – if no action is taken it can automatically brake. It also comes with ACC (Automatic Cruise Control) which automatically controls the distance between the Vitara and the car in lane in front when cruise control is engaged.


Our test car was equipped with a DAB digital radio, satellite navigation system, 4 speakers & 2 tweeters, Bluetooth connectivity, USB socket, smartphone link display audio and steering wheel mounted audio controls.

It is not the best of systems - the rendering is not particularly good and some of the features are hidden behind menus that do not seem that intuitive to operate – but it does work. We could not get any of our smartphones to work with it, although they are windows based.

The Competition
  • Ford Kuga
  • Honda HR-V / CR-V
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Mazda CX-3 / CX-5
  • Nissan Qashqai / X-Trail
What We Liked
  • 1.4 BOOSTERJET Engine
  • Driver selectable four-wheel drive lock
  • Exterior styling
  • Pricing
  • Fuel economy
  • LED headlights and daytime running lights as standard
What We Disliked
  • The sports styling, i.e. red accents of air vents and headlights
  • The interior is not up to the standards of competitors
  • The front seats aren’t supportive
  • The tech is confusing and not too easy to use
  • Service schedule is 9,000 miles for the 1.4 BOOSTERJET engine

The 1.4 petrol BOOSTERJET engine makes a fair difference to the Vitara, and is a good alternative to the Diesel unit, but currently, it is only available on the ‘S’ edition. We are not too keen on the sport trim touches, but you, of course, might like them.

The Suzuki Vitara is a good versatile family car, with hard but durable surfaces and trim – we like that you can lock it into permanent four-wheel-drive should the need arise and that the engine is quite perky – even the fuel consumption is reasonable without the drawbacks of diesel. The boot is a little small and the rear seat accommodation is not the best in class but it does make a sensible choice in a crowded marketplace.

20 September 2016 Melanie Carter
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Suzuki Vitara S Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSuzuki Vitara 1.4 BOOSTERJET 'S'
Body Type5-door SUV
ColourCool White Pearl Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph10.2 Seconds
Top Speed 124 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypePetrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)127 g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban44.8 mpg
Extra Urban56.5 mpg
Combined52.3 mpg
Insurance GroupTBC
Euro NCAP Rating5-stars
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 20/09/16)£21,329 with options

The information contained within this Suzuki Vitara S review may have changed since publication on the 20 September 2016. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Suzuki dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018