24 luxury Comparison 2016 Suzuki Vitara Range Review

the All-new Suzuki Vitara Is Proving To Be A Bit Of A Hit For The Japanese Brand Seemingly Offering The Right Blend Of Styling Pricing And Robustness To Appeal To Buyers It's An Expansive Range - With Three Engines On Offer And Pricing Starting At Just Over 20 Grand And Ranging All The Way Up To The Mid-30s. So, Essentially Your Budget Will Dictate Which Vitara You Choose, But Which Do We Think Is The Pick Of The Pack The Base Model Vitara RTS Manual Starts At Just 21 990 + On-road Costs, But We've Got The Automatic Which Comes In At Just Under 24 Grand Even In This Entry-level Vitara You Get A 7-inch Media Screen With Satellite Navigation And Apple Carplay Which Is Better Than Plenty Of Competitor SUVs At This Price Point It's Not The Greatest Screen In Terms Of Its Display And It Can Be A Little Slow To React, But It Doubles As A Monitor For The Standard Fit Rear View Camera Which Is Another Plus For The Vitara The Cabin Is A Pretty Bland Environment Function Definitely Wins Over 4 Min Here, But It Is One Of The Best In Class 4 Space There's Definitely More Room In The Second Row In Here Than There Is In A Mazda Cx-3 For Example And The Boot Is Bigger Than Some Cars The Next Size Up Better Take It For A Spin Under The Bonnet Is A Naturally Aspirated 1.6 Liter 4 Cylinder Engine With 86 Kilowatts Of Power And 156 You Can Metres Of Torque That's Not A Lot, But Then, If You Consider That The Base Model Vitara Only Weighs Eleven Hundred And Twenty Kilos It Is Pretty Astounding For The Size Of The Car It Doesn't Feel Like It's Struggling For Grunt Although The Engine Is Pretty Noisy And It Clearly Likes A Rev It's Better Suited To City Duties Than The Highway At High Speeds It Can Feel A Bit Breathless Particularly Going Up Hills, But Around Town The 6-speed Auto Does A Decent Job Of Harnessing What Power There Is At Higher Speeds The Steering Can Be A Little Bit Twitchy On Center, But Around Town It Steers Fine Dealing With Roundabouts And The Like Without Any Hassle The Rides Decent To Coping With Bumps And Speed Humps Relatively Well Look This Is A Pretty Convincing Little SUV For The Price.

I Mean, If All-wheel Drive Isn't That Important To You You Can Do A Lot Worse. I'm Just Really Interested To See Whether The Turbo Petrol Model Has A Bit More Oomph This Mid Spec Vitara S Turbo Certainly Looks A Bit Sporty Er Than The Base Model You've Got Black Alloy Wheels This Model Has The Two-tone Paint Finish And You've Also Got Black Highlights Up Front Including A New Grille Black Headlight Inlays And A More Muscular Front Bumper The Engine May Be Smaller In Terms Of Capacity 1.4 Liters Compared To 1.6 In The Base Model, But That Turbo Adds Plenty Got 103 Kilowatts Of Power And 220 Newton Meters Of Torque When You Consider That The Car Only Weighs Eleven Hundred And Sixty Kilos We're Approaching Power-to-weight Ratios Like A Hot Hatch Tell You What The Drive Experience In This Vitara S Turbo Model Is Very Different To The Base Model There's Plenty Of Torque Here Down Low In The Rev Range And Although This Version Is Front-wheel Drive Pretty Sure The All-wheel Drive Version Would Pull Pretty Hard Out Of Corners It's Pretty Affordable To A Twenty Eight Nine Ninety Four The Front-wheel Drive Model The All-wheel Drive Model Adds A Heck Four Grand You Have To Want All-wheel Drive Pretty Bad To Justify That Expense. I Mean This Thing's Handling Everything Just As Well As The Last Car Although There Is A Little Bit Of Torque Steer Under Hard Throttle There Probably Isn't A Better Turbo Petrol Engine In This Class Honda And Mazda Don't Have Drive Trains That Offer This Level Of Effortlessness And Not Only That It's One Of The Quickest Small SUVs Around In Terms Of Fuel Use There's Hardly Anything In It Between The Turbo And The Base Model And The Gearbox In The Vitara S Offers More Decisive Shifts There's Paddle Shifters As Well, If You Want To Pretend You're Driving A Hot Hatch That Impressive Turbo Drivetrain Does Come At A Cost Though Five Grand Is Plenty In This Part Of The Market In This Spec Level You Do Get A Few Other Niceties Though Like Auto Headlights And Wipers LED Headlights Leather Seat Trim With Suede Inserts And Keyless Entry And Push-button Start All Of Those Bits Do Add To The Appeal Of This Model And The Vitara S Is Arguing A Pretty Strong Case, But Wasn't Vitara One Of Those Names That People Associated With Off-roading You Might Have To Find Out With The Diesel Model The Diesel R-tx Model Only Comes In All-wheel-drive And We're In The Bush.

So, We Might As Well Find A Dirt Track. I Thought The Turbo Petrol Had Plenty Of Torque, But This Turbo Diesel Has An Extra Hundred Newton Meters That Means 88 Kilowatts And 320 Newton Meters Which Is Plenty For A Car Of This Size And Yes The Diesel Is A Little Bit Heavier Than The Petrol, But At Thirteen Hundred And Twenty Five Kilos It's Certainly Not Chubby From The Driver's Seat You Can Tell This Has A Different Type Of Gearbox It's A Dual Clutch And The Gear Shifts Are A Little Bit More Noticeable At Low Speeds There Is A Little Bit Of Lag Down Low In The Rev Range, But Once It Hit About 2,000 Rpm It's Pretty Peppy Now That All-wheel-drive System, If You Want A Serious Of Small Off-roader You Should Probably Consider The Smaller Suzuki Jimny, But The All-wheel-drive System In This Car Does Have A Few Different Options For Different Situations Auto Mode Will Decide Whether You Need Front-wheel Drive Or All-wheel Drive Depending On The Situation Snow Mode Well That's Best Left When You've Got Skis On Board Obviously Sport Mode Is Designed To Make It Feel A Bit Sportier. So, You've Got Better Traction Through Corners And The Gearbox Will Hold On A Little Bit Longer To Gear And Lock Mode Is Designed To Ensure That You've Got The Torque You Need On Loose Surfaces Like Sand Or Mud This Model Is Expensive Though At Thirty Five Nine Ninety Plus On-road Costs Probably Going To Have To Weigh Up Whether You Want To Take It Off-road And Get A Dirty Or Even Potentially Scratched Especially When You've Got Nice Things Like The Big Dual Panoramic Sunroof It Seems That There's Something For Everyone And Every Budget In The Vitara Range At The Top End The Diesel Model Is Impressive, But It's Also Expensive At The Bottom And You've Got A Very Competitive Small SUV And It's Well Priced And Well Equipped It Just Doesn't Have Quite Enough Oomph And That Leaves Us With Our Pick Of The Range The Vitara S Turbo It's Got The Right Amount Of Guts It's Got The Right Amount Of Gear And It's The One We'd Pick, If We Were Buying Avatara.

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