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Our Fleet Test Drive: Suzuki Vitara - 3rd report

Date: 29 September 2015   |   Author: David Motton

Why we're running it: To see if a petrol crossover can make sense as a business car, despite having higher emissions than the equivalent diesel.
Equipment: Seven airbags, satnav, DAB radio, double-sliding panoramic sunroof, climate control, front foglamps, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, Radar Brake Support, keyless entry and start, 17-inch alloy wheels, suede and leather upholstery
Options: Rugged pack, which adds front and rear skid plates and a boot protector (£500), metallic paint (£430), detachable tow bar (£351)

After losing its wing mirror, our Vitara went back to Suzuki to be fixed and to investigate the whistling noise that blighted the car's motorway manners.

I thought it was coming from the sunroof, but Suzuki traced it to the windscreen. This had been replaced before the car joined the BusinessCar fleet, but the fitters hadn't used quite enough sealant, something Suzuki remedied before returning the car.

Since then, the Vitara has continued to be easy to live with. My three-year-old son particularly likes the full-length sunroof. It may steal some headroom, but he loves being able to see the sky as we drive.

Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ5

Mileage 3061
Official consumption 53.3mpg
Our average consumption 42.9mpg
Forecast/actual CPM 46.6p/49.4p
P11D price £18,444
Model price range £13,999-£22,549
Residual value 33.6%
Depreciation cost £13,244
Fuel £4664
Service, maintenance and repair £2130
Vehicle Excise Duty £40
National Insurance £1569
CO2 (BIK band) 123g/km (19%)
BIK 20/40% per month £58/£117

Verdict


  • Ride comfort
  • Attractive styling
  • Standard kit
  • Whistling sunroof
  • Steady acceleration

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