The 1.4 petrol BOOSTERJET engine makes a fair difference to the Vitara ...
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.
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What We Liked
- 1.4 BOOSTERJET Engine
- Driver selectable four-wheel drive lock
- Exterior styling
- 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
Suzuki Vitara S Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Suzuki Vitara 1.4 BOOSTERJET 'S'|
|Body Type||5-door SUV|
|Colour||Cool White Pearl Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||124 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||127 g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||56.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5-stars|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 20/09/16)||£21,329 with options|