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It’s a good value package

   06 May 2016   l   Paul Smith    l   Views: 104   l   22 months ago  


The new Vitara offers loads of practicality in a good value package.

Suzuki has been very active in launching new models and adapting their line to become ever more popular amongst the South African buying public. 

SUV’s and Crossovers are clearly extremely popular and most manufacturers have, like Suzuki, increased the number of options available to adventure minded individuals.

The Vitara was first launched in 1988, long before compact SUV’s were all the rage and was indeed a visionary move by Suzuki in an era when sedan motors dominated and even the humble hatchback was considered new and exiting. Those first Vitaras were tough little off-roaders, unlike the softer, more sophisticated new Vitara. Luckily the Vitara still offers loads of practicality in a good value package that will suit most adventurers looking for a true multi-purpose vehicle.

Suzuki only offers a no-nonsense 1.6 Petrol that delivers a modest 86 Kw, 3 specification levels with manual or automatic gearboxes, and are available in 2- or all-wheel drive configurations. All-wheel drive models are equipped with a rotary selector that lets the driver chose between 4 driving modes to suit driving conditions and road surfaces. A 185 mm of ground clearance is not enough for serious off road work, but will be adequate for periodic dirt road use and some relaxed game viewing.  

Interior fitment and quality levels are better than average and will prove to be hard wearing. An elaborate information display, single zone climate, and cruise control are all fitted and the luggage compartment can swallow a decent 375 Lt of luggage with the rear seatback in place. Maximum utility space becomes 1 120 Lt with the rear seat folded away.

Prices start at R255 000 while R343 000 will buy the most expensive variant. The Vitara offers a great, more affordable alternative to the Honda Hrv, Subaru XV and Mitsubishi ASX and is certainly a more robust and practical vehicle than the popular Mazda CX3.  




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