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Suzuki Vitara verdict

2015 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.2 out of 53.2

Written by Tom Wiltshire Published: 30 May 2023 Updated: 30 May 2023

Should you buy one?

As compact SUVs go, the Suzuki Vitara’s appeal lies primarily in that it’s spacious, relatively inexpensive and available with four-wheel drive.

We’d heartily recommend the manual Boosterjet model as a good-value and fun-to-drive car. It’s not as practical as a Ford Puma nor does it feel as upmarket as a Peugeot 2008, but if you want something sturdy, attractive and a bit different the Vitara is a good choice.

Suzuki Vitara rear three quarter
The Vitara is a solid and honest SUV. If you want something premium, though, look elsewhere.

We’d steer clear of the hybrid version. Rivals are far nicer to drive and more fuel efficient.

What we like

Although not a hardcore off-roader, the Vitara is a rare compact SUV with four-wheel drive which make it capable of tackling more than just a slightly muddy field. It’s also well-made, fun to drive and reasonably fuel efficient. Suzuki’s new seven-year warranty is very attractive, too.

What we don’t like

The Vitara’s interior is more hardwearing than luxurious. Its infotainment system is also rather dated and its rivals have more space in the boot for luggage.