RoadBlog: 10 things we learned about the Suzuki Vitara
06 November 2015
Author: Alisdair Suttie
In the first of our new weekly Road Blog features, Alistair Suttie gives us the ten things he's learnt from a week spent in the Suzuki Vitara
1: Keyless entry is all well and good, but it's a pain when it doesn't open all of the doors with a single touch.
2: The Vitara's trim ignition button is too close to the adaptive cruise control switches, so expect the occasional unwanted bonging noise.
3: Reversing camera is clear and stays clean even when the roads are covered in the usual autumnal crud and leaves.
4: If you want to relive your yoof of 'improving' your car, the Vitara's dash trim will appeal. Otherwise, no thanks.
5: It's still a Vitara, thankfully, with proper four-wheel drive and decent off-road ability but without clunky selector levers.
6: Good old fashioned centre console storage is much underrated. Also useful to have USB and power socket next to each other.
7: Its panoramic sunroof provides welcome light relief from the Vitara's dour cabin but pinches rear passenger headroom for adults.
8: The Vitara SZ5's 1.6-litre petrol engine is reasonably refined, but it's too short on puff compared to its diesel counterpart.
9: It is easy to park thanks to parking aids and camera, but more importantly a tight turning circle helps here.
10: So-so driving dynamics of the Vitara leave it loitering in the middle ranks of both the SUV and crossover sectors.