First Drive: Suzuki Vitara 1.6-litre DDiS ALLGRIP

Suzuki ALLGRIP intelligent four-wheel drive available as an option on SZ5 models.

Suzuki ALLGRIP intelligent four-wheel drive available as an option on SZ5 models.

With Suzuki’s new Vitara you can now get muddy in style writes Geraldine Herbert

What is it? Suzuki has revived an old name for their all new Vitara. This the fourth generation of their popular SUV bears no resemblance to previous versions and is set to rival the likes of the Peugeot 2008, Nissan’s Juke and Renault’s Captur. 

First impressions of the new Suzuki Vitara?  Sleek and very stylish there  is more than a hint of current Land Rover design about the Vitara.

What about the interior?  Slip behind the wheels and space for both front and rear passengers is good and the high driving position allows a decent view of the road ahead. Some of the fittings feel a little plasticky though  but there are some very smart details throughout including the air vents and circular clocks.

And off the road? We had an opportunity to drive the 1.6-litre DDiS ALLGRIP, which has plenty of power, yet is quiet enough not to bother you. The Allgrip system shifts power to different wheels depending on the conditions you encounter. A selectable snow or mud option helps you out even more when the going gets tough. Off road it proved very capable and more than sufficient for anything the average commute can throw at it.

How much? Available with 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre DDiS engines, both with 120PS. There are three trims to choose from SZ4, SZ-T and SZ5, priced from £13,999 for 1.6 petrol SZ4 with two wheel drive. Urban and Rugged option packs are also available at £500. The model tested at the launch was the 1.6 DDiS SZ5 ALLGRIP priced at £21,299. A Six speed automatic gearbox will also be an option on the petrol option this Summer.

The luggage area has a capacity of 375 litres (VDA) with the rear seat in its upright position.

The luggage area has a capacity of 375 litres (VDA) with the rear seat in its upright position.

Any other options? There are  10 body colour possibilities including a very chic Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic while Horizon Orange Metallic is the one to go for to stand out. There are also options to personalise the  Instrument panel trim, Ventilation louvre rings and the c.entrally located clock.

How safe? Electronic Stability control helps keep the car on the road if you have to swerve suddenly and each Vitara car comes stuffed with seven airbags.  The four-wheel-drive system will kick in when the going gets tough and there is also a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Plus  you have the very reassuring five stars rating awarded recently to the Vitara by the EuroNCAP.

3 words to describe the Suzuki Vitara: Refined; Reliable; Robust

 

Model Vehicle OTR Price
1.6 SZ4 £13,999
1.6 SZ-T £15,499
1.6 SZ5 £17,999
1.6 SZ5 ALLGRIP £19,799
1.6 DDiS SZ-T £16,999
1.6 DDiS SZ5 £19,499
1.6 DDiS SZ5 ALLGRIP £21,299
Urban Pack (for SZ-T & SZ5) £500
Rugged Pack (for SZ-T & SZ5) £500
Metallic Paint (for all models) £430
Dual-tone Paint (for SZ-T & SZ5) £800

 

 

For more information check out Suzuki.co.uk, the  Suzuki facebook page or follow them on twitter here

 

 Geraldine Herbert

 27th April, 2015

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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