2019 Suzuki Vitara Review | Asian Car Guide
October 15, 2019

2019 Suzuki Vitara Review

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The fourth generation Suzuki Vitara, originating in 1988, had shrunk, and influenced by the S-Cross concept evolved to become a sub-compact crossover SUV by 2015.

Recently updated to version 2, it now has a higher and reshaped front bumper to facilitate radar sensors, and gained fog lamps and LED lighting with signature 3 bar tail lights and front running lights, new 4.2″ colour LCD driver info display, and the Suzuki Safety Support System, which includes collision avoidance (Dual Sensor Brake Support) and traffic sign recognition.

From original SUV form, the Vitara now resembles a large hatch crossed with small SUV, in line with the way basic car types are adapting to changing user preferences.

This crossover stands out in a crowd, with fairly high sides, 185cm ground clearance, rather pugnacious clamshell bonnet, fairly jeep-like vertical grill lines, and good looking proportions and fairly rakish attitude.

The base model has a lot going for it with its height and high up driving position compared to a hatch, with so much room inside, good level of tech and safety aids, and pretty impressive all round abilities for a budget price.

It manoeuvres very acceptably. Basically you get what you pay for, but the handling dynamics of the torsion bar rear with MacPherson strut front suspension are pretty acceptable, and get the job done very competently for a basic runabout.

The minimalist-type interior is roomy, the circular air vents are stylish, and there is a new sliding-top centre console and soft-touch dashboard surface.

There are three main decisions in choosing a Vitara, firstly between 1.6L naturally aspirated engine or more powerful 1.4L turbo petrol, then with the 1.4L turbo, between front or all-wheel drive.

The base model front-wheel-drive Vitara has a 1.6L variable valve timing (VVT) petrol engine, good for about 6 litres per 100km, with 5-speed manual transmission or if you would prefer, 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters (+$2000).

Standard Vitara features include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 7″ multimedia touch display
  • Sat-nav
  • Reversing camera
  • 4.2″ driver info colour LCD display
  • Bluetooth & iPod USB connectivity with steering wheel audio controls
  • 4-speaker stereo
  • Cruise control
  • Digital climate control
  • Keyless entry & start
  • Front sliding arm rest
  • Seven airbags
  • 17″ alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Privacy glass
  • 5-star ANCAP
  • 6-SRS airbags
  • ESC, ABS, EBD & Brake Assist

Then there is the option of having a 1.4-L vvt turbocharged petrol engine (the previous diesel option is dropped), delivering 103kW and 220Nm, 20 percent more power and 40 percent more torque over the 1.6L engine.

So if you are content to get around with no rush, the 1-6L may be enough, but for a bit more oomph, if you can afford it, you might want the turbo, with its auto transmission, for $5,000 extra.

The higher spec 1.4L engine only has 6 speed auto transmission ( different gearing ratios to the 1.6L cater to the extra power), and is accompanied by more standard features, including LED headlamps, leather/suede sports seats with red stitching, aluminium sports pedals, red LED headlamp surrounds, distinctive five-slotted grille and black alloy wheels.

Finally the AllGrip 4-Wheel-Drive option gives extended on/off road SUV capability and performance, with four driving modes of Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock, all invoked using a centre console push-turn dial selector, making the 1.4L Turbo AllGrip 4WD the top of line model.

Specifications:

  • Engines: 1.6L variable valve timing, power 86kW @ 6,000rpm, torque 156Nm @ 4,400rpm
    or 1.4L turbo vvt booster jet, 103kW @ 5,500rpm, 220Nm @ 1,500-4,000rpm
  • Transmission: 1.6L, 5-speed manual or 6-speed auto with paddles and 1.4L turbo only has 6-speed automatic with paddles
  • Dimensions mm: L 4,175 W 1,775 H 1,610 WB 2,500
  • Suspension: Mac Strut front, Torsion Beam/Coil Spring rear
  • Ground Clearance mm: 185
  • Spare: space saver
  • Turning metres: 5.2
  • Kerb Weight: 1,165-1,260 (which is very light)
  • Cargo litres: 375 seats up, 710 down
  • Towing Kg: 1,200 braked, 400 unbraked

Price: Vitara has a choice of specification models, starting with the white coloured base model
with manual transmission and 1.6 L engine priced from $23,990 driveaway, then $24,990 for
auto transmission, $29,990 for turbo auto, and $34,990 for the top of range turbo AWD AllGrip
auto, with sunroof as standard.

With an additional paint charge of $500 for metallic and $1,250 for two-tone.

Warranty: every new Suzuki comes with 3 year or 100,000 km owner transferable warranty
(whichever comes first). Suzuki's Capped Price Servicing every 6 months for 5 years enables a 5
year/140,000km extended warranty.