Suzuki Vitara: Welcome

  • We take delivery of the latest member to join the Parkers fleet
  • New car comes equipped with Suzuki’s ALLGRIP four-wheel drive system
  • Top-of-the-range SZ5 trim comes loaded with toys

There are few things more exciting than getting the keys to your next long termer and here is the latest addition to join the Parkers fleet – the Suzuki Vitara.

The new generation of Suzuki’s mid-sized SUV only went on sale a few months ago and we were lucky enough to be given the keys to one of the first models to come to the UK.  

Although I’m eager to slip behind the wheel and take the Vitara for a drive, first thing's first: we need to take a look at how our new car shapes up on paper.

You can buy the Suzuki Vitara in three trims. Our new test car comes in top-of-the range SZ5 and is equipped with a wealth of kit as standard including a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and start, panoramic glass roof, automatic air-con, 17-inch alloy wheels, suede and leather upholstery and sat-nav to name but a few.

We are big fans of the bright Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic paintwork on the car and the Cosmic Black Metallic roof looks good too. In fact we think this is one of the best combinations you can buy the Vitara in. I chose it myself, afterall.

Our car costs £22,099 to buy, including the aforementioned paintwork combination which costs £800. That's very good value for money considering the amount of kit on offer.

We’re particularly interested in testing the adaptive cruise control, plus there’s a whole host of safety kit on our car which we’re looking forward to getting to grips with.

This version of the Vitara also comes fitted with Suzuki’s ALLGRIP four-wheel drive system which impressed us when we had the system fitted in our long-term Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, so we have high expectations for the Vitara when we take it off-road during it’s time with us.

It’s smaller than its brother the S-Cross but is taller and wider so interior space should be pretty good and there’s 375 litres of boot space on offer, expanding to 710 litres if you fold down the rear seats.

Powering our test car is a four-cylinder 1.6-litre diesel engine which has 118bhp and 320Nm of torque, capable of accelerating the car from 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds onto a top speed of 112mph.

Suzuki tells us that its range of four-wheel drive cars are among the most fuel efficient you can buy and headline stats for our Vitara are pretty good on first inspection. A combined fuel economy figure of 67.2mpg and CO2 emissions of just 106g/km means nothing to pay in tax for the first year and then only £20 every year after.

So there you have it – a quick summary of the latest addition to join the Parkers fleet – that’s enough talking for now, we need to get behind the wheel and find out what the Vitara is like to drive on the road.