We get to grips with the all-new Suzuki Vitara, an important newcomer in the growing compact crossover segment. With a wealth of heritage under its belt, expectations are high. Can the new Suzuki Vitara live up to the hype?
Previous generations of the Suzuki Vitara were known for their outstanding reliability and offroad capability. But… back then the Vitara had a segment entirely to itself. The new Vitara, however, comes up against some stiff competition in the ever growing compact crossover market. The dominating presence of the Ford Ecosport, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Kia Soul is bound to make life tough for the newcomer. Nonetheless, the latest Vitara is well packaged and attractive which should see it putting up a strong fight in the local market, particularly when Suzuki’s reputation for superb after-sales service is factored in.
We recently spent time reviewing the latest Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GL+, which is priced at R269 900, and comes fitted with a host of standard features making it a high-value offering. Some notable items include climate control, cruise control, mounted steering wheel controls and USB/Aux inputs. Both front-and all-wheel drive derivatives are on offer to suit varying driving conditions and buyers will appreciate the excellent ride quality offered by this latest model. The Vitara is also quite practical and with 375-litres of boot space along with a removable floor, there’s ample room for ordinary, and not so ordinary items. Fuel efficiency is good too, with Suzuki claiming 5.8l/100km. Possibly the best thing about this latest Vitara is the reassuring feeling of solidity it gives you, the sense that you could happily drive it year after year and eventually pass it on to your kids, and that’s quite refreshing.