Which used Suzuki Vitara 4x4 should I buy?
The naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol is smooth and quite eager. It isn’t the cleanest engine around, though, and it doesn’t offer as much mid-range pulling power as some rivals’ smaller turbo engines. But it's the best compromise in terms of how much it costs to buy versus performance. With a turbocharger to boost power, the nippy 1.4-litre petrol is actually the best of all the Vitara’s engines. However, because it’s only available in high-spec trims and mostly with four-wheel drive, it’s more expensive to buy and run.
Choose the diesel if you plan on doing lots of miles. However, it's a bit too unrefined in everyday motoring to make it our first choice.
The entry-level SZ4 Vitara comes with pretty much all you'll need, but we'd still suggest stepping up to mid-range SZ-T trim for its easier-to-use infotainment system. Higher-spec SZ-5 examples are fine if you can find one for a similar price, but a bit of extra suede on the seats doesn't turn the Vitara into a luxury car, so it isn't worth the additional expense. Sporty S examples aren't as comfortable as other models, due to their bigger alloy wheels and stiffer suspension.