Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the dashboard layout of the new Vitara, but while some of it looks relatively funky and high quality (think coloured inlays, optional analogue clock and glossy seven-inch multimedia display) other parts look dated and a little drab.

Certainly the bank of push-buttons beside the steering wheel feel and look rather old-school as do the, admittedly clear and easy to read, main instruments. The steering wheel is festooned with buttons as well, for controlling audio, trip and cruise control functions but feels pleasant enough to hold.

But there’s no soft-touch plastics to be found anywhere, with every surface covered in an undoubtedly hard-wearing and hard-to-the-knuckles black grained material. No doubt it’ll still look like it did when it was new after 15 years, but first impressions don’t necessarily exude quality or exclusivity.


2015 Suzuki Vitara infotainment

The seven-inch touchscreen infotainment standard to all models looks high-quality, though it’s rather overshadowed by the vastly more high-resolution and feature-packed screens available in vehicles such as the new Renault Captur. It’s easy to use, though, with four zones for audio, mapping, Bluetooth and smartphone functions. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity come as standard, although the cable required to connect your phone to the car can get in the way of the gear lever, as we found in our long-term test.


Seating in the Suzuki Vitara is comfortable enough, though they don’t adjust quite low enough for our liking – and the lever-style adjustment for the backrest is one of the more obvious displays of cost-cutting throughout the interior.

While the Vitara’s ride isn’t as cushioned as you’d find on a Honda HR-V, it’s perfectly acceptable, dealing well with larger bumps without becoming too unsettled. Larger wheels have a tendency to thud over road imperfections but road noise and wind noise are both well isolated. The two engines are nicely refined, too.