Suzuki is in the midst of a bold assault on the UK market, and the Vitara is a key new model for the Japanese manufacturer. We've already tried the Vitara in 1. Does the Vitara still stand out in the small SUV class, and does it offer Suzuki's traditionally strong off-road ability for those of an adventurous disposition? At bhp, the 1. The high-speed refinement elsewhere is disappointing, though; there's a lot of road noise and wind noise whipped up around those big door mirrors.
There are two routes manufacturers generally take when developing a crossover: premium or sporty. But here, Suzuki has stuck to what it knows best. The line-up is refreshingly simple, too, with only bhp 1. The more frugal diesel is expected to be the bigger seller, and comes paired with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. The engine makes itself known at idle, with a strong clatter on start-up, but any vibrations have been well isolated from the cabin. It lacks the finesse of the Skoda Yeti at slower speeds, yet is a gutsy performer with strong in-gear pace.