It’s easy to get comfortable in the Suzuki Vitara. The driver’s seat adjusts for height and the steering wheel adjusts for both rise and reach. This, in conjunction with a supportive and comfortable seat, makes it easy to find a decent driving position. A little more seat bolstering wouldn’t go amiss, though, to grip you tighter in faster corners.
All of the controls are intelligently laid out and, unlike a Citroen C4 Cactus, the heater controls are conventional dials and switches, making them simpler and easier to use. Sadly that’s not true of some of the stereo buttons, which we discuss in the infotainment section.
Suzuki Vitara visibility
It’s easy to see out of the Vitara, thanks to its box-like body style and large glass area. Like any SUV, its higher seating position helps here, too. If you’re coming from a conventional hatchback, you’ll certainly find it easier to spot what’s going on around you.
A rear parking camera is standard on the mid-spec SZ-T, and top SZ5 and S models. If you want front and rear parking sensors, though, then you’ll have to plump for the pricier SZ5 or S trim – where they’re standard - because you can’t even add them as options on the cheaper versions.
Suzuki Vitara infotainment
Regardless of which Vitara choose, you’ll get a DAB radio, CD player, a USB connector and Bluetooth. It all works well and isn’t difficult to use. Mid-spec SZ-T models and above, however, get a smart-looking media system with integrated sat-nav and a touchscreen display. You also get a Smartphone Link, which means you can mimic your phone’s screen on the car’s screen. On the whole the upgraded infotainment system is easy to understand but it can be a little slow to respond, while the functions controlled by the touch-sensitive buttons next to the screen – including the volume control – would be less fiddly to use if they were simply regular switch.
Nevertheless, it’s worth opting for a Vitara with this system because it looks much more upmarket and, despite the aforementioned flaws, it does work well. It’ll also make the car easier to sell, as a lot of buyers will be looking for a sat-nav system.
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are also standard on every Vitara, meaning you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel too often.
Suzuki Vitara build quality
Suzuki’s cars have a good reputation for build quality, and the Vitara is no exception. It isn’t particularly stylish or sleek-looking inside, but the cabin feels durable and it is neatly assembled. Some thoughtful details inject a little class, too, including a smart-looking analogue clock and some glossy black trims.
On the downside, the doors and boot feel quite light and tinny. Many of the plastics, like those on top of the dash or lower down in the cabin, aren’t attractive to look at or to touch, either. Given the Vitara’s low price, however, these things are unlikely to trouble many buyers.