Suzuki Vitara 1.0

Boosterjet SZ-T

Allgrip

Suzuki Vitara, 2019, rear, static
Suzuki Vitara, 2019, rear
Suzuki Vitara, 2019, rear
Suzuki Vitara, 2019, interior
Suzuki Vitara, 2019, front, static
Suzuki Vitara, 2019, front
Suzuki Vitara, 2019, boot
Suzuki Vitara, 2019, side

THE demise of the diesel engine continues apace with the recently refreshed Suzuki Vitara compact SUV the latest to dispense with an oil-burning option.

Instead there is Boosterjet technology in the form of 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol power units.

And with decent stats for pulling power, fuel economy and emissions it looks to be a winning move when it comes to attracting customers.

The performance from the 998cc power unit is reasonably punchy despite the pedestrian-looking 0-62mph time of 12 seconds. It feels a lot quicker with the slick five-speed manual gearbox a willing accomplice to the three-pot engine.

Miles of motorways and the urban jungle saw fuel consumption in the vicinity of the claimed 49.6mpg.

And it also proved to be surprisingly refined with noise levels not much above a low purr, even when overtaking.

Suzuki offer front-wheel drive models, but this car features its Allgrip four-wheel drive system designed to cope with the worse the weather has to offer as well as off-road terrain with four modes including Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock.

If you want to get the most out of your fuel tank then Auto is the choice as it uses two-wheel drive unless all wheels are needed while Sport is the choice for twisting country lanes. Snow predictably offers improved grip levels with Lock reserved for getting you out of more extreme conditions.

The latest Vitara rolled off the production line in 2015 with the mid-life facelift producing what the Japanese company claims is its most hi-tech car ever.

Suzuki give the exterior a makeover with restyled LED lights plus a snazzy front grille and bumper the new kids on an SUV block already boasting rear privacy glass, natty roof rails, muscular wheel arches and dashes of chrome.

Slip inside and the upright design and king of the road driving position ensure excellent visibility while a more luxurious interior makes its presence felt.

The Vitara comes in three guises - SZ4, SZ-T and SZ5 with prices starting at £16,999 and rising to £25,649.

The mid-range SZ-T trim sampled here is priced at £20,799 which, considering the goodies packed in, is good value for a compact crossover.

The star of the show is the seven-inch colour touchscreen offering a link to hook up your smartphone via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink. There is also a 3-D sat nav system that makes landmarks easy to distinguish as well as a decent audio system with DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and a USB socket.

The seats are comfortable and there is plenty of room for four adults while their luggage can be squared away in the 375-litre boot - which can be expanded to 710 litres by dropping down the rear seat backs.

Good quality materials are used in the cabin with lots of soft-touch surfaces and an efficient air conditioning system ensuring a pleasant atmosphere at all times.

As well as the sexy bits of kit designed to catch a potential purchaser's eye, the Vitara's maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating is boosted with the addition of a brake support system that gives visual and audio warnings if it detects a possible collision ahead and will begin braking the vehicle if the alerts are ignored.

Also included in the safety arsenal are traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert.

FAST FACTS

Suzuki Vitara 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T Allgrip

Price:£20,799

Mechanical:111ps, 998cc, 3cyl petrol engine driving four wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed:112mph

0-62mph:12 seconds

Combined MPG:49.6

Insurance Group:19

C02 emissions:129g/km

Bik rating:29%

Warranty:3yrs/60,000 miles

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