An all-time favourite, Suzuki hasn’t forgotten its roots which are steeped in 27 years of bush-crashing, paddock-grazing 4WD-ness.
As well as the front drive option, an ALLGRIP drive system is on offer that incorporates four user selected modes which provide safety and versatility for all types of road conditions. These include snow and lock modes for getting yourself in and out of those sticky situations.
The standard spec is very impressive, decked with cruise control, speed limiter, 7-inch touch screen display with voice-actuated, audio navigation and much more. The Limited model benefits from a super huge electrically-operated panoramic roof with one of the largest openings in its class.
Described as understated, practical and elegant, the interior is simple, with nothing that is too precious or hard to clean. If you like hard plastic, this small SUV has it all. The infotainment screen contributes to the modern look interior, whilst the seats are comfortable and stylish highlighted by white stitching.
The Vitara is yet to be ANCAP safety tested but, with ABS (anti-lock braking systems, EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), ESP (electronic stability programme) and 7 airbags, there is plenty in place, designed to keep you safe. Plus there's an interesting brake override system which slows the vehicle should the accelerator and brake pedals be depressed at the same time.
The little 86kW 1600cc engine is easy on the gas and loves to rev while getting you up to your desired speed. Combined fuel economy figures range from 5.8 to 6.3 L/100km, depending upon your choice of manual or automatic transmission.
The Suzuki Vitara is an all-round great package, and affordable to boot, with the 5 price options available ranging from $27,990 for entry level JLX 2wd manual, to $36,790 for the automatic AWD option that comes with the contrasting roof colour.