Suzuki Vitara: It’s all about dimensions

  • We put our long term Vitara's practicality credentials to the test
  • Find out how it copes with everyday tasks
  • It’s the small things that make a real difference

Our long term Suzuki Vitara has been challenged frequently during the past five months and it has risen to the occasion every time.

It tackled difficult terrain with ease, took my family (and the endless luggage) on holiday and has proved to be an ideal motorway companion too.

In our latest update we're taking a closer look at what makes the Vitara shine in the practicality department.  

Measuring 4,175mm long, 1,775mm wide and 1,610mm tall, space inside the Vitara is plentiful, easily enough room for four adults to travel in comfort. The extra ground clearance and ride height, typical of SUVs, means that visibility of the road around you is also very good.

Officially there is 375 litres of boot space on offer - that’s better than the Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3 and Vauxhall Mokka and not a far cry from the larger Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai.

Inside the boot there are various clips and cubbies to more carefully secure items and the boot lip isn't too high either so packing heavy cargo inside shouldn’t be too much trouble. Our test car also includes an adjustable boot floor meaning you can hide smaller items out of sight - very useful.

The rear seats can be split in a 60/40 formation so if you need to move some furniture or you’re heading off to the countryside for a bike ride you should find the space on offer sufficient.

If you and the family have a long journey ahead of you, there are plenty of cubbies and storage options to house drinks, toys, devices and magazines to keep passengers entertained. There’s a useful storage shelf in front of the gear-lever which is perfect for placing your smartphone too.

The large panoramic sunroof on our test car (standard on SZ-5 trim) will help entertain the little ones and makes the cabin feel light and airy too.

If you’ve got children then you’ll know all about feet kicking chairs, sticky fingers, and pulling loose threads. Once they got older, make-up smears and muddy football boots too. Thankfully the materials used around the cabin are of good, durable quality and should prove more than up for the task of everyday family life.

The seven-inch multimedia system features the sat-nav, which is not the most intuitive system we've used (it doesn't illustrate roundabout exits and slip-roads properly), but has almost always brought us to our destination first time. We just wish that the instructions were displayed on the trip computer too like so many modern cars.

Automatic lights and wipers make life easier now the nights are drawing in and the Vitara's chunky styling, higher ride position and big wheels mean the car is equipped for the muddier roads and country lanes, which are fast becoming the norm this time of year. Plus when the snow comes there's the four-wheel drive system on offer, which we've talked a lot about in the past and rate very highly.

With Christmas quickly approaching, the keyless entry and start system is ideal when you’re laden with shopping bags and your keys are hidden at the bottom of your handbag or buried in your back pocket.

Mileage:  4750 miles

Fuel economy: 55mpg (calc)