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Our Fleet Test Drive: Suzuki Vitara - 5th report

Date: 26 October 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)

Until I had kids, I'd never been too fussed about whether or not a car had a panoramic sunroof. You can't stare at blue sky and look where you're going, can you?

Both my kids love them, though. And happy children mean less-stressful journeys, which mean happy parents.

The Suzuki's sunroof is especially good. As well as extending almost all the way back so kids in the rear seats can look up and see out, it also opens fully, rather than just having a retracting blind. It's a definite specification highlight, standard on the top-spec SZ5, on a car that is very well equipped for the money.


Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ5

Mileage 4124
Official consumption 53.3mpg
Our average consumption 43.2mpg
Forecast/actual CPM 46.6p/46.9p
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


  • Ride comfort
  • Styling
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Acceleration
  • Unreliable touchscreen response