The Vitara’s petrol engines are smooth, even when worked hard. They make quite a good noise when revved, too, so are rarely annoying.
The diesel is naturally the noisiest engine, particularly at idle and when accelerating. It does settle down when cruising, though. All models suffer from intrusive wind and road noise, making the Vitara a noisier motorway car than some of its rivals.
If you go for the 1.6-litre petrol you get a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel versions get a six-speeder. Both are slick and precise, and combined with their well-weighted clutch pedal, let you can change gear quickly and easily.
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