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Ten Second Review
This Suzuki Vitara may be one of the older designs in the compact SUV segment but it now has one of the most modern engines, with mild hybrid electrification added to a redesigned K14D'-series version of the company's 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine. The brand has also taken the opportunity to add extra equipment and some additional safety features. And, unusually in this class, there's still the option of a proper lockable 4WD system if you want it. Time to take a second look at this car.
Electrification is these days so important to automotive makers that developing it takes precedence over creating new designs. For proof of that, take a look at the Suzuki Vitara. The current fourth generation 'LY'-series design has been around since 2015: time, you might think, for an all-new version, given the over-riding importance of the compact SUV segment just at present. Instead, Suzuki has diverted its budgetary spend beneath the bonnet, redesigning its core 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol turbo engine and adding sophisticated 48-volt mild hybrid tech into it as part of a move that sees every one of the company's models being in some way electrified. The result is the Vitara Hybrid model we're looking at here.
The Vitara has a slightly more athletic feel than Suzuki's other compact SUV in this segment, the S-Cross, and that hasn't been appreciably diluted by the marginal extra weight of the additional electrified tech. You may be familiar with the way that mild hybrid engines work but just in case not, here's a quick re-cap. Basically, energy that would otherwise be lost when braking or cruising off-throttle is harvested via a kinetic energy recovery system and sent to a small lithium-ion battery that here has been placed beneath the front passenger seat. This is used to drive a belt-driven 'ISG' unit (an 'Integrated Starter/Generator') and power the engine's stop/start system. Suzuki's old 12-volt mild hybrid package didn't do a lot more than that but this improved 48-volt set-up can also deliver a couple of other important benefits. The first is something quite unusual amongst current mild hybrids - the ability for this Suzuki to idle and even coast on full-electric power, though only below 10mph. The other fresh benefit here is something supposed to be now quite common amongst mild hybrid models - the ability to 'torque-fill' under acceleration to compensate for turbo lag. Which is just as well because this Vitara Hybrid's new 'K14D'-series 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine has less power than the unit of the same size it replaces (127bhp rather than 138bhp). But there's now a fraction more torque (up from 230 to 235Nm). The 62mph sprint takes 9.5 en route to 118mph. There's no longer an auto gearbox option. And that proper lockable ALLGRIP 4WD system is optional on the top-spec 'SZ5' variant.
Design and Build
There are no visual changes with this Vitara model's switch to Hybrid power, apart from LED design headlights that now feature on all models. The car has been on sale since 2014 and the version we have now is the model that was facelifted in 2019. It remains a crossover positioned size-wise somewhere between the small and mid-sized SUV segments, 4,175mm in length and slightly taller than its visually less striking S-Cross showroom stablemate. This remains quite an assured piece of design work with its clamshell bonnet, blacked-out floating glasshouse, heavily sculpted flanks and a very neat tail-lamp finish. Inside, the cabin is beginning to date a bit, with quite a few hard plastic surfaces, though it all seems to have been pretty well screwed together by the Hungarian factory. The centre-dash infotainment screen still has graphics that look a bit after-market but this display certainly includes quite a lot, with sat nav and 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring as well as a DAB tuner and Bluetooth. There's reasonably comfortable room for a couple of adults in the rear, though the twin sunroofs of the top SZ5 model do rob a few centimetres of headroom. Out back, there's a reasonably-sized 375-litre boot. If you need more room, pushing forward the 60:40-split rear bench frees up 710-litre of space - and the floor can be completely flat if you position the adjustable boor floor in its upper position.
Market and Model
Pricing is quite a bit higher than it used to be for the Vitara, sitting primarily in the £22,000-£27,000 bracket. That's partly because going forward, Suzuki doesn't plan to offer smaller, more affordable engines than this 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid unit in our market. Partly it's also because the car these days features a higher standard of spec (Adaptive Cruise Control on all models for instance). And partly it's reflective of the cost of the extra mild hybrid technology. There are three trim levels, 'SZ4', SZ-T' and 'SZ5'. Even base 'SZ4' trim gives you LED projector headlights, auto air conditioning, auto headlamps and wipers, 16-inch alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, roof rails, heated door mirrors, seven airbags and 'Radar Brake Support' autonomous braking. Move up to 'SZ-T'-spec and you also get navigation, 17-inch silver painted alloy wheels, skid plates, rear privacy glass and white-stitched upholstery. The top 'SZ5' trim level you have to have if you want the option of ALLGRIP 4WD gives you a double-sliding panoramic sunroof, 17-inch polished alloy wheels, keyless entry and suede upholstery. Across the range, there's a choice of eleven different paint shades, one of which is solid, four of which are metallic finishes and six are dual-tone metallic with a Cosmic Black roof colour. There's no longer an automatic gearbox option.
Cost of Ownership
Suzuki reckons that the 48-volt mild hybrid tech has delivered improvements in fuel economy and emissions of up to 20%, though because of the switch from NEDC to WLTP cycle ratings, it's difficult to verify that claim with any real accuracy. The WLTP figures show a front-driven version of this model managing 49.7mpg on the combined cycle and 128g/km of CO2 emissions, while the ALLGRIP 4WD version delivers 45.4mpg and 140g/km. It helps that this remains one of the lightest cars in the crossover class, the front-driven variant tipping the scales at 1,205kgs and even the ALLGRIP variant weighing in at only 1,275kgs. This car's insurance group is 19A - or 20A for the SZ5 manual. Its BiK tax band is rated at 30% (or 33% for the ALLGRIP variant). An owner would be paying £165 of VED for the first year of ownership (£205 for the ALLGRIP) and £140 of VED from year 2 on. As with all Suzukis, this one is covered by a three year/60,000 mile warranty, plus a year of AA Suzuki Assistance, providing 24 hour UK and European roadside assistance, recovery and associated services. There's also a 12 year perforation warranty.
By Jonathan Crouch
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Key Standard Features*
- Solid - White
- Solid paint
- Fabric - Grey with white stitching
- Electric front+rear windows
- Front and rear intermittent wipers
- Automatic front rain sensing wipers
- Rear privacy glass
- ABS+EBD+Brake assist
- Hill hold control
- Emergency stop signalling system
- Dual sensor brake support
- Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
- Smartphone link display
- Adaptive cruise control
- Rear parking camera
- Lane departure warning system
- Traffic sign recognition
- Rear cross traffic alert
- Sway warning system
- Lane departure prevention
- Engine start/stop button
- Navigation system
- Lights on warning
- Service indicator
- Blind spot monitor
- Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
- Chrome dashboard trim rings
- 4 speakers
- Steering wheel mounted audio controls
- DAB Digital radio
- USB Connection
- 4.2-Inch Colour LCD display
Exterior Body Features
- Roof rails
- Chrome front grille
- Body coloured bumpers
- Body colour door mirrors and handles
- Black wheel arch extensions + side mouldings
- Chrome lower front bumper insert
- Visible VIN plate
- Automatic headlights
- Automatic headlamp levelling
- Front fog lamps
- Rear fog lamps
- LED daytime running lights
- LED rear combination lamp
- LED projector headlamps with low and high beam
- Automatic air conditioning
- Pollen filter
- Front centre armrest
- Luggage cover
- 3 spoke leather covered steering wheel
- Front cupholders x 2
- Chrome interior door handles
- Drivers footrest
- Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
- Fabric upholstery
- Front passenger side assist grip
- 12v Socket in centre console
- 12 v socket in the load area
- Rear assist grips x2
- 2x Front and rear door bottle holders
- Removable double luggage room floor
- Black shift knob with silver accent
- Fabric upholstery with white stitching
- Front map light
- Glovebox light
- Luggage area lamp
- Centre cabin light
- Front footwell and centre lower console box lights
- Height adjustable front seatbelts
- Side impact protection beams
- Side airbags
- Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
- Childproof rear door locks
- Curtain airbags
- Driver/Front Passenger airbags
- 3 rear 3 point seatbelts with ELR
- Drivers knee airbag
- Front passenger airbag deactivation
- Tyre pressure monitor
- Front and rear seatbelt reminder
- 3 rear headrests
- Isofix child seat preparation
- Front head restraints
- Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
- 60/40 split folding rear seat
- Child seat tether anchorage points
- Locking wheel nuts
- Key in reminder
- Remote central door locking
- Freewheeling lock cylinders
- Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + illuminated vanity mirrors
Wheels - Alloy
- 17" Painted alloy wheels
Wheels - Spare
- Tyre repair kit
- 0 to 60 mph (secs)
- 0 to 62 mph (secs) 9.5
- Engine Power - BHP 129
- Engine Power - KW 95
- Engine Power - PS
- Engine Power - RPM 5500
- Engine Torque - LBS.FT 173
- Engine Torque - MKG 24
- Engine Torque - NM 235
- Engine Torque - RPM 2000
- Top Speed 118
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