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2019 Suzuki Vitara SUV review | What Car?

2019 Suzuki Vitara SUV review | What Car?


This is the Suzuki Vitara, a small SUV in
a super competitive class, up against the likes of the Seat Arona, Renault Captur, and
Volkswagen T-Cross. This fourth-generation model first went on
sale in 2015, but it’s recently had a facelift to update its styling, bring in a new engine
and tweak its pricing. In the past the Vitara has always stood out
from the crowd thanks to its low pricing – but is that the case now and is it still a good
choice? Well that’s what we are going to find out in
this review. And if you want to buy a Vitara or any of its rivals head to whatcar.com were
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to the whatcar channel. So let’s first talk about those styling changes
that the facelifted model gets and if you look at the front you can see it gets a slightly redesigned light clusters, grille and bumper, while at the rear there
is again a more intricate design for its tail lights. Inside, Suzuki has really tried to lift the
quality of the interior for the first time the Vitara gets soft touch materials on top
of the dashboard and there is no doubting that the Vitara looks as good as it ever has
inside, however, it’s not all good news the soft touch materials here are the best you
will find because elsewhere, it’s pretty cheap especially inside the door here the
plastics you can hear pretty scratchy brittle hard and just generally not very good and
these air vents especially are quite flimsy too. But to be fair to the Vitara all the
other cars in this class also have a similar mix of qualities in their interiors for the
materials that are used at least. In the Vitara finding a comfortable driving
position is really easy there is loads of adjustments in the seat and in the steering
wheel too,for height and reach and these front seats are pretty comfortable as well plus
the facelifted model now gets a central arm rest here. There is still no adjustable lumbar
support. The box-like body and large glass area mean
it’s easy to see out of the Vitara. But, a big drawback of the interior is the infotainment
system. SZ-T and SZ5 get this touchscreen display
as standard – but perhaps the kindest thing you can say about it is that at least it does
get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The infotainment system itself is easy enough
to navigate, but the icons are pretty small and it can be pretty slow to respond to your
touch inputs as well, so as you can see these shortcut buttons are on the small side and
not that easy to hit when you’re on the move. The worst thing about it is this touch sensitive
pad on the side here for the volume it’s really fiddly trying to turn up the tunes
when you’re driving, so actually a physical dial would be much easier. But there are at
least some helpful buttons on the steering wheel to help control it. All things considered
though rival systems are much better. Space up front is good with lots of head and
leg room and we have already shown the adjustability that you can get in the driver’s seat – but
the storage compartments are a bit on the small side, these cubby holes here aren’t
particularly big. Although what is good is in this central armrest actually there is
a decent amount of storage under there. In the back, leg room is very generous, even
if you’re sat behind a tall driver and headroom is really good as well, but it’s worth bearing
in mind that if you have a panoramic sunroof then it really cuts into headroom that’s
available in the back and in the front. So a panoramic sunroof is standard on SZ5, so
that my be a trim that’s worth avoiding, but if you really want a small SUV, that’s
generous in the back then this is impressive but a kia soul is bigger still. The boot is pretty good by class standard
as well and it’s been thoughtfully designed. There’s no load lip, there is decent underfloor
storage and the boot floor itself isn’t actually that high off the ground. Plus you have got
some helpful storage pockets on either side. The rear seats are split-folding in a 60/40
configuration, but they don’t slide or recline like they do in some rivals like the Citroen
C3 Aircross, and when they’re down the bootspace is generous – but the C3 Aircross is bigger
still. The Vitara now has a very simple engine lineup
just two engines. so for the facelift Suzuki ditched the 1.6-litre petrol and the diesel
option from before and now you’ve got 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines. So this 109bhp 1.0-litre engine is definitely
the pick of the range and it’s borrowed from the Suzuki Swift, so the 1.6-litre engine
from before had to be revved really really hard to get anything from it at all really,
but this 1.0-litre turbo pulls much better from low revs, so actually even getting up
to motorway speeds is no drama for it at all. It’s a very impressive engine it can definitely
go toe-to-toe with equivalent units in its rivals. If you do want a bit more power and regularly
do long journeys then the 1.4-litre is still an excellent option – but it is a little bit
pricey. This five-speed manual gearbox is pretty notchy
compared to the Seat Arona’s, which is just slicker and more precise and be aware if you
go for an automatic or indeed a four-wheel drive model in the vitara, then it does blunt
the performance somewhat. The Vitara has firm but well-damped suspension.
Big bumps or potholes will send a dull thud through to the interior, but the ride rarely
gets unsettled and never becomes jarring. All things considered, this is one of the
more comfortable small SUVs on sale. You can even have some fun hustling the Vitara
along a twisty B-road, thanks to its tight body control. But the steering does let it
down a little bit, it’s very light, and there’s no real connection to the front wheels,but
that’s no problem around town and the vitara’s very comfortable and relaxing at lower speeds,
But if you are driving quickly you will definitely notice that a Seat Arona is more controlled. One of the reasons the Vitara was so popular
in the past was because of its excellent value. But has the facelift changed that? Well These
are the most important things you need to know about buying and owning a suzuki vitara. Well the facelift has brought some punchier
pricing for the Vitara. Whereas before it used to undercut the vast majority of cars
in this class, now it’s actually similarly priced to the Arona, C3 Aircross and Renault
Captur. So it’s not quite the bargain it once was. But if you go on whatcar.com we can save you
up to £1000 off the cost of a new Suzuki Vitara. Click on the link in the top right
to find out more. It does help that economical engines, reasonable
insurance groups and sensible servicing costs all mean the Vitara is an inexpensive car
to run. But the Vitara doesn’t hold onto its value
as well as rivals like the Arona, so that does offset some of the savings you might
make elsewhere. On the plus side, it makes up for this by
offering much more equipment than its similarly priced rivals. The best trim is SZ-T which gets cruise control,
17in alloys, a sat-nav with smartphone mirroring, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio and a rear-view
camera. The Vitara is also a reliable cars in its
class – in our latest reliability survey Suzuki was rated as the most reliable manufacturer,
and the Vitara was third in its class behind another Suzuki – the SX-4 S-Cross – and Peugeot
2008. As with many of its rivals, a three-year/60,000-mile
warranty comes as standard, while a 12-year anti-perforation warranty should stop any
concerns about rust. The Vitara got the full five-star safety score
from Euro NCAP, but that was on the older style of testing in 2015. If it was tested
today it might not score so highly, because the two entry level trims don’t get automatic
emergency braking. So, the Suzuki Vitara is better than ever
inside and on the road. But an increase in price, and an increase in the competition
means that it doesn’t look like such a bargain now compared to cars like the class-leading
Seat Arona. But if you want a comfortable small SUV with a spacious interior, some off-
road styling and capable engines, then the new Vitara is certainly worth considering. To save money on a new Suzuki Vitara head
to whatcar.com and while you’re there you’ll find our full extended written review of it
and all of it’s key rivals and if you’ve enjoyed this video then please like, comment
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42 thoughts on “2019 Suzuki Vitara SUV review | What Car?

  1. I don't know about suzuki cars Europe. Here in India it is the biggest cheater. They give good fuel economy, reliable petrol engines. But they are highly unsafe and worst built. Low weight, worst road grip and handling. Hyundai is way better. There is very less chance of survival in an accident in a Suzuki.

  2. Vitara is easily the ugliest SUV on the market, Really, who lent back from the CAD screen and thought…"yeah, that looks amazing".

  3. I'm looking to buy in this class, but after seeing what Peugeot did with 2020 Peugeot 208 I'll wait for new 2008.

  4. Excellent review, articulate and knowledgeable tester. To my eyes though the car looks bland and outdated. The 70's, 80's and 90's vitaras were great looking. There is always the jimny.

  5. I had to reject my new 2019 1.0 Boosterjet SZT after 25 days due to the doors not opening (using the remote) and then the car wouldn’t start. The day after I picked it up I had to call The AA out, this happened 17 times in total (the AA man showed me a trick to get the car started).The engine cut out 3 times when I was on the road. It’s replacement was ok for 2 months then the driver’s door check strap broke causing the window not to fully open !

  6. You slide the volume control up and down. I have the Vitara S and NEVER had an issue with the infotainment screen. Petty remarks from someone that has never used it properly. Thumbs down.

  7. ''…recently had a facelift…" Or, maybe, been in an horrific accident that left it horribly disfigured. I thought the original version of this car was hideous and shamelessly derivative – this manages to be even worse! Apart from that though… it's terrible. How can the company that gave us the – very cool looking – Jimny, produce this horror show of a design.

  8. lol pos uses a torsion bar as the rear suspension.
    all cars made today should idependant suspension

    utter fucking junk..i bought the hyundai tucson..way better car

  9. No Vitara S in the new line up. Shame, the S is far better than the latest model.
    Oh, and as someone has already said, you just slide the volume on the screen and it works perfectly.

  10. niggles and niggles……and it does hold it's price pretty good, basically for being japanese and being the best built.

  11. Absolutely the best small SUV! I must admit I'm a bit biased since I own one of these beauties, older model from the 2017., and I'm very happy with this car in every possible way – great engine, beautiful design, spacious interior, generous equipment, relatively low fuel consumption…
    And the new Vitara is even better version of the already amazing car, equipped with so much of it in beautiful and very affordable package!

  12. Love Suzuki. Own the ignis. BUT. What do car manufacturers have against luggage space? We bought the ignis because the back seats can slide like a Renault capture. Because if you put a stroller in the back there is no space for suitcases or babies travel cot. Yes the leg room is more in the vitara but if you enjoy travelling WITH your family I would recommend looking at something bigger like the Peugeot 2008 or Citroën c4.

  13. What a fucking pile. Anyone buying this in 2019 is a complete fucking moron. It's new so it sounds good, right? Pitiful sack of skin and bones choose this as there ride lmao fuck out of here with this knock off crap ment to draw in stupid ass poor folks who dont know how to shop for an actual decent car.

  14. I don't know why I'm still amazed that people can be as rude as they are making comments. If you don't like the car….fine. Why be nasty? Does it make you feel better about yourself somehow? It's just a car.

  15. Hello guys! I like how this car looks and I'm thinking about purchasing it for myself, but have several technical questions. 1) Is 1.6 engine good enough in case of 4×4 and automatic transmission? 2) What a real life-limit for turbo 1.4? Can it run as minimum 150 000 km without serious problems?

  16. very very good report , I am an owner and you were totally right about all the comments you made ! I am extremely satisfied with my Vitara 1000cc even on the motorway ,althoough the light steering and the struggle over 140km/h to accelerate! excellent idea by Suzuki small (1000cc) but big(112 hp) , SUV but easy to park, very quick up to 130 km/h BUT ECONOMICAL, with big boot and great suspension!ARONA of the same price with 90 hp is much slower and doesn't feel like SUV but rather as an IBIZA…PLUS 7 years guarantee !!!!!!!!!!! UNBEATABLE

  17. No improvement, windscreen lets too much sun inside and makes a heat trap on the dash, compared to some of the defects mentioned, that's way more important

  18. I've had the 1.4s manual and got the new 1.4 sz5 auto.
    The auto is faster to 60. There's a video on the tube that tested both. I'd say it's one off the more affordable SUV's that's more practical that others…try get a big square items like a big dog crate or washing machine or similar sized fridge in a cx3/Toyota c-hr you can't because of the crap boot access. Depends what you want style or something that's practical.

  19. one thing i really con about this car is its sun roof… the climate on my country is really hot, so that tinted glass on the roof might not be comfortable…

  20. I own 2018 Vitara 1.4 and have no complaints, just little bit noisy over 140 km/h. The engine and drive modes are great, I really love Sports mode, Vitara is not only the best SUV for the price, but also the best car. Period.

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