Suzuki Vitara SZ5 1.6 DDiS ALL GRIP
What is it?
MEET Suzuki’s new shape Vitara. Pressed into action here, both on and off-road, ahead of its full UK intro this spring.
Yes, 2015 marks a complete makeover for Suzuki’s long lived compact SUV. Design, content and engineering are all fresh out of the box. Behind the wheel, the Vitara’s also clearly grown up, becoming more mainstream and ‘rounded’ in this latest 6th generation guise, and better to drive, too.
Behind the wheel, the Vitara’s also clearly grown up
The down-to-earth ruggedness that’s long been part and parcel of the Vitara’s character is still discernible, meantime. To put some distance between other urbanised SUVs, Suzuki’s also pushing the new Vitara’s traditional off-road 4×4 prowess, although at launch, only top spec versions will get that (as an option).
Two 1.6-litre engines to choose from (petrol or diesel), both with 120 ps, and three trim grades – SZ4, SZ-T and SZ5.
For business users, it’s the diesel, front-drive, 6-speed manual edition of the new Vitara (70.6 mpg and 106 g/km) that might initially take centre stage.
Or, for a few dollars more, there’s this full house Vitara SZ5, with intelligent ALL GRIP four-wheel-drive and same 1.6 DDiS diesel. It comes with 67.2 mpg and 111 g/km. This capable 4×4 tech (with 4 modes) is an advance on that already offered on Suzuki’s S Cross, so for top traction, this is clearly the one to go for.