3.2 out of 5 3.2
Parkers overall rating: 3.2 out of 5 3.2

Well-priced SUV that is good to drive and easy to live with

Suzuki Vitara (15 on) - rated 3.2 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £23,759 - £29,299
Lease from new From £357 p/m View lease deals
Used price £6,460 - £26,565
Used monthly cost From £161 per month
Fuel Economy 36.2 - 53.0 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £165
Insurance group 11 - 23 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Good value for money
  • Punchy Boosterjet engine
  • Optional four-wheel drive

CONS

  • Hybrid engine is not good
  • Low-rent infotainment
  • Small boot

Suzuki Vitara rivals

Peugeot
2008
4.4 out of 5 4.4
Skoda
Yeti
4.4 out of 5 4.4

Written by Tom Wiltshire on

The Suzuki Vitara is a name that’s been around for a long time, but over the years it’s morphed from a rough-and-ready mini off-roader into a smart little family SUV. It still retains plenty of that character, though, with a uniquely Suzuki approach to light weight and clever touches that distance it from the rest of its class and lend it a bit of desirability.

Eye-catching looks, a reasonably roomy interior and a well-earned reputation for reliability and longevity means the Vitara has plenty of feathers in its cap to begin with. That it’s available with optional four-wheel drive for a little genuine capability off-road is another plus point, and sets it aside from exclusively front-wheel drive rivals such as the Peugeot 2008Renault CapturSEAT Arona and Citroen C3 Aircross.

In fact, the Vitara’s closest rival would seem to be the S-Cross, Suzuki’s other compact SUV, which trades a little style for a better engine lineup and greater practicality.

Suzuki’s recently added a full hybrid model to join its existing mild hybrid ‘Boosterjet’ unit. This makes for quite a simple lineup – if you want a manual gearbox, you can have the Boosterjet, and if you need an automatic you’ll get the hybrid. Both are available with four-wheel drive.

Straightforward trim levels make picking a Vitara even easier, and equipment levels are generous throughout with all cars getting lots of safety equipment as standard.

But the Vitara falls down in a few key areas that will give it a hard task competing against its mostly European rivals. Apparent quality in the interior, performance on the road rather than off it and the strength of its hybrid system are all factors at play here.

Over the next few pages we’ll go into detail on the Vitara’s practicality, interior, running costs and engines – we’ll even bring you our thoughts on spending six months with one as a daily driver.

Suzuki Vitara rivals

Peugeot
2008
4.4 out of 5 4.4
Skoda
Yeti
4.4 out of 5 4.4

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