What Car? says...
There are plenty of sensible, objective things to say about the Suzuki Vitara, such as the fact that it’s a compact, five-seat SUV that’s designed to be affordable, practical and easy to live with. And that’s all very well and good, but don’t glaze over just yet; it’s not just a boring box on wheels. In fact, we reckon it’s a cracking little runabout.
There’s only one engine to pick – a 1.4-litre petrol with fancy mild-hybrid technology, which we’ll discuss later – and a choice of three trim levels. You even get the option of four-wheel drive on the top-spec model.
The Vitara takes on other small SUVs such as the Seat Arona, Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Cross; these models are some of the most popular in the UK, offering SUV style at hatchback prices. There’s also the 2020 What Car? Car of the Year, the Ford Puma, to contend with; this too has a mild-hybrid system to help reduce fuel costs and add extra boost to its performance.
Should the Vitara be on your shopping list, then? Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know, including our recommendations for which engine and trim level to choose.
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