Suzuki Vitara review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior infotainment
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 front
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 rear cornering
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior dashboard
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior rear seats
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior infotainment
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 right tracking
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 front left cornering
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior front seats
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior detail
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior badge detail
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 boot open
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 front
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 rear cornering
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior dashboard
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior rear seats
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior infotainment
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 right tracking
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 front left cornering
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior front seats
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior detail
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior badge detail
  • Suzuki Vitara 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

While the Vitara was once one of the lower-priced small SUVs on the market, stiff competition means it starts at around the same price as its Ford Puma and VW T-Cross rivals, while range-topping SZ5 models push it into VW T-Roc territory. Helping to justify its price, though, is that even the basic Vitara trims offer plenty of equipment, especially in terms of safety kit, and Suzuki tends to offer substantial discounts. Insurance groups are reasonable and servicing costs are sensible. 

The Vitara is a relatively inexpensive car to run, and the mild-hybrid engine brings good fuel economy, with an official WLTP figure from 49.7mpg. The Puma, which also offers mild-hybrid technology, returns 48.7mpg, although the regular petrol-powered T-Cross can achieve figures that aren’t far off.

SZ5 models get lots of upmarket features, including front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry, suede upholstery and an analogue clock in the centre of the dashboard. We’d suggest plumping for cheaper SZ4 trim because it has all the kit you really need and doesn’t get the headroom-limiting panoramic roof. It’s the only trim that isn’t available with the Allgrip four-wheel drive system, though, so if you want that all-weather peace of mind, mid-spec SZ-T offers the best balance of cost and comfort.

Suzuki Vitara 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

Suzuki as a brand came a middling joint 14th in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey while the Vitara was ranked a disappointing 9th out of 10 small SUVs rated. Some 20% of Vitaras had a problem, with non-engine electrical items the biggest cause for concern.

Overview

There are more upmarket small SUVs, but the Suzuki Vitara is one of the most spacious and is great value for money. Even the entry-level model gets plenty of kit, and its mild-hybrid technology helps to keep running costs down. However, similarly priced rivals are better to drive and feel more upmarket inside.

  • Cheaper versions represent excellent value for money
  • Mild-hybrid engine provides decent performance
  • Spacious and practical interior
  • Interior quality beaten by rivals
  • Entry-level Infotainment system is basic
  • So-so resale values
  • Panoramic roof seriously restricts headroom
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