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.
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