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20 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Suzuki Vitara test drive |

Suzuki Vitara


The all new Suzuki Vitara may not turn in, or hang on as deftly as a Suzuki but the Vitara does not disgrace in the traffic. Photo Gallery

The new is a smallish four-seater.

For $25,000 the makes an inexpensive 4WD for a daily

Easy to park, it steers, and handles quite well.

The Suzuki Vitara offers a lot in a package.

Now a three-door Suzuki is not for all. It is a smallish four-seater limited luggage space if all are used.

It may not be the first choice for covering distances week in, week

But at $25,000 the short Vitara is a long look as a daily _ inexpensive to run, easy to and still capable of a beach or weekend.

For the Suzuki has a long and four-wheel drive pedigree. It is by a company with a long and history in bolting together machines.

Current Vitaras are handsome vehicles. There are of a family heritage dating to Suzuki’s first Vitara in

So the three-door is familiar yet manages to fresh (even while latest crop of Vitaras are style and mechanical updates to the versions).

It is a no-nonsense, practical with just a polite of muscle that won’t the grannies. It is a sensible style _ if a sexier than the five-door _ that’s practical in the scrub, enough for town.

That follows through to the cabin decent ergonomics, sound and air conditioning; instruments and controls are followed and there’s good for two up front, reasonable room access) for two behind.

With the back seats up not a deal of space left in short wheelbase machine, for a day at the beach but maybe not for a week for four. It is a compact compact.

rear seats do fold up and the front with ease, a deal of cargo space. The wheel sits pretty on the

While there are some style change, including a new grille, it is the addition of a 2.4 litre, engine to the range that the biggest impact with the three-door Vitara.

Allied to the five-speed manual the 122kW motor is much than previous offerings. It is by variable valve timing and keen to have a go.

All the while consumption is averaging out around 9 per 100km. This will a little with sustained slogging _ up a soft sand or through a boggy bush _ but this engine is generally thrifty.

And the Vitara package is handy when road to track. The transmission runs all day in drive but there is a four-high with centre differential then a four-low range for more serious work.

Suzukis are always willing off-roaders, made handier with the three-doors smaller shorter wheelbase plus ramp-over and departure angles with bigger wagons.

It is a machine, whether dodging or bollards; the three-doors advantage from tight parking to narrow bush tracks.

It rides and handles quite It is quieter than previous a little less edgy in the quality although for regular trips the longer wheelbase version would be a more option.

It may not turn in, corner or on as deftly as a Suzuki Swift but the does not disgrace itself in the It is, with that 2.4 litre stirred, quite a decent vehicle on a back road.

So as a weekday run-around and weekend (for two) it is hard to the three-door Vitara at this It is a value proposition with a mix of on-road cred and off-road


from $25,990

Engine: 4-cylinder

Power: 122kW @

Torque: 225Nm @ 4000rpm

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