2015 Suzuki Vitara Road Test and Review.
The Suzuki Vitara has been completely resigned with new looks and a fun and funky new feel.
Priced from just $21,990, all four model grades feature the same 86kW/156Nm and standard features include alloy wheels, reverse camera and satellite-navigation.
While there’s no shortage of luxuries in the top of the range model, including a glass roof.
Two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models also feature and five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions.
Out on the roads the 1.6 litre petrol engine provides adequate acceleration and good economy, though it tends to labour a little with five adults on board, especially when climbing hills, no great surprises given the minimal power and torque available.
But city traffic and the open highway presents no challenges to the 2015 Suzuki Vitara.
Fuel consumption in the new Suzuki is excellent. Try 5.8L/100kms combined. On the highway Suzuki reckons you could use as little as 5.1L/100km!
The suspension is principally designed for off-road conditions and this is primarily where the Vitara excels. On the tarmac though the ride is a touch firm and it doesn’t quite feel as well settled as it does on the rough stuff.
There are four settings on the AWD to handle changing terrain – auto on the highway, sports for curvy stretches, snow when the road gets slippery and auto lock for mud and sand.
Inside the 2015 Suzuki Vitara cabin you will find ample leg and head room front and rear.
A healthy list of standard features in the model I drove (Vitara RX-T), including parking sensors, keyless entry, push button start and well laid out instrumentation and controls made my time in the new Suzuki SUV enjoyable and easy.
Another interesting and indeed useful feature is a false floor in the rear luggage area, designed for storing valuables away from light-fingered villains, which in this day and age is a real plus.
Well-designed seats helped round out a really pleasant new Suzuki offering.
Summing it up; the new Suzuki Vitara is developing a healthy following among Australian small SUV buyers and there’s good reason for that.
Razor sharp pricing, an extensive package of features, flexibility to take it off-road and very good fuel economy are just some of the highlights in a vehicle that comes from a manufacturer with an excellent record for reliability.
Check out the new 2015 Suzuki Vitara for yourself and I reckon you won’t be disappointed.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Suzuki Vitara
Engine: 1.6 litre petrol producing 86kW and 156Nm
Transmission: Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Safety: Not tested
Price: from $21,990, RT-X (as tested) from $31,990