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Our Fleet Test Drive: Suzuki Vitara - 9th report

Date: 04 February 2016   |   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 the recent wet weather, I've been pondering the merits of a four-wheel drive Vitara over our front-wheel drive test car.

Obviously, a 4x4 would handle wet and slippery roads better, but carbon dioxide emissions for the Allgrip are 130g/km.

That's a 7g/km increase over our car, enough to jump up two benefit-in-kind tax bands. Of course, the P11D price increases, too, jumping from £18,444 to £20,244. Over a year that means a higher-rate taxpayer would shell out almost £300 more in tax for the Allgrip.

No, I'm quite happy with the two-wheel drive model. Although if I lived in Cumbria or Yorkshire I'm sure I'd feel differently.


Verdict


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

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