The new Vitara is made to replace the old and outdated Grand Vitara , with dimensions of just 4175mm long, 1775mm wide and 1610mm high, the Vitara is tiny even by class standards, but Suzuki hopes that this car will lure the customers away from the Peugeot 2008, the Nissan Juke or the Fiat 500X, and to do that they are relying on their reputation on building crossovers and to make it as family friendly as possible. It is very easy to get in and out, the doors open wide and once you’re in, you observe that it provides a lot of leg and head room. When it comes to the booth, Suzuki have focused on versatility and space, it is easy to open, it has no lip – it makes to get things in and out.
Under the bonnet of all models is a 1.6-litre petrol engine making a modest 86kW at 6000rpm and 156Nm at 4400rpm. Transmission options are a five-speed manual (RT-S only) or six-speed auto with torque converter, not the S-Cross’ CVT, on both RT-S and RT-X.
The interior of the new Suzuki Vitara has some neat touches, but some plastics look and feel cheap . The layout of the dashboard is logical , everything is where you would expect it to be. Up front the doors are for plenty of storage place, thanks to the many adjustments it is easy to find a comfortable driving position.