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New Vauxhall Crossland X & Renault Captur vs Suzuki Vitara

Vauxhall has added a new small SUV, the Crossland X, to its range. Is it better than the freshly updated Renault Captur and class-leading Suzuki Vitara?

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Our verdict

The Captur’s updates seem fairly minor but, by improving its previous weak areas, Renault has turned it into a winner. A comfortable ride, classy materials and quiet road manners make the Captur best for long distances and there’s enough space inside for small families.

Close behind is the Vitara. It doesn’t have the most appealing interior, but keen handling, spacious rear seats and Suzuki’s excellent reliability record are strong draws. It’s also the cheapest to run for private buyers and company car drivers alike.

Bringing up the rear is the new Crossland X. It’s practical inside, thanks to the biggest boot and decent space for people, but it’s the most expensive to buy outright or on finance and also the costliest to run. Take into account its poor ride quality, handling that can be unpredictable and the unrefined nature of its three-cylinder engine and the Crossland X becomes hard to recommend.

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1st – Renault Captur

For Classiest interior; big discounts; quietest cruiser; ride comfort; sliding rear seats

Against Highest company car tax; rear leg room; heavy depreciation

Must-have options Rear-parking sensors (Β£215)

Rated 4 out of 5


2nd – Suzuki Vitara

For Fun to drive; spacious rear seats; most economical in the real world

Against Dated interior; sluggish in gear acceleration; quite noisy

Must-have options None

Rated 3 out of 5


3rd – Vauxhall Crossland X

For Punchy engine; best for tall drivers; biggest boot

Against Vibrations from engine; jittery ride; unpredictable handling

Must-have options Safety pack (Β£500)

Rated 2 out of 5


Specifications: Renault Captur TCe 120 Dynamique Nav

Engine size 1.2-litre petrol

List price Β£17,805

Target Price Β£15,873

Power 118bhp @ 5000rpm

Torque 151Ib ft @ 2000rpm

0-60mph 10.6sec

Top speed 113mph

Gov't fuel economy 51.4mpg

True MPG 44.6mpg

CO2 emissions 125g/km


Specifications: Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T

Engine size 1.6-litre petrol

List price Β£16,999

Target Price Β£16,102

Power 118bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 115Ib ft @ 4400rpm

0-60mph 10.4sec

Top speed 112mph

Gov't fuel economy 53.3mpg

True MPG 47.7mpg

CO2 emissions 123g/km


Specifications: Vauxhall Crossland X 1.2 Turbo 130 Tech Line Nav

Engine size 1.2-litre petrol

List price Β£18,290

Target Price Β£17,736

Power 128bhp @ 5500rpm

Torque 169Ib ft @ 1750rpm

0-60mph 10.4sec

Top speed 128mph

Gov't fuel economy 55.4mpg

True MPG 40.8mpg

CO2 emissions 116g/km

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