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Our Fleet Test Drive: Suzuki Vitara - 7th report

Date: 08 December 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)

We've been using the Vitara as a camera car for some of our recent video reviews. The cameraman, Phil (pictured above), is notoriously fussy about the way his cars ride.

Stiff suspension makes for bouncy camera work, and more work to do in the edit. Fortunately, ride comfort is one of the Suzuki's strengths, so there are no worries on that score.

As well as video duties, a couple of longer trips have started to push up the Suzuki's mileage. The driving position is very comfortable on long journeys, but motorway miles do highlight the Vitara's high volume of road noise

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

Verdict


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

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