Suzuki Vitara review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Lightweight build and efficient hybrid powertrain make the Vitara an economical crossover.
Prices for the Suzuki Vitara start from not far off £24,000, which is a little high for the small crossover class, while the most expensive 4WD version weighs in at around £27,500.
Because it weighs relatively little (around 1,200kg), the Vitara’s running costs should be among the lowest in the class. Under WLTP testing, CO2 emissions start at 121g/km and rise to 140g/km if you add four-wheel-drive. This equates to a middling benefit-in-kind rate for company car drivers, rising slightly if you opt for a 4x4 model.
These emissions will affect the first year of road tax as part of the Vitara's list price, but as all cars are well below the £40k road tax surcharge limit, it'll cost the slightly discounted yearly rate in road tax from year two onwards.
Fuel economy reaches a claimed maximum of 52.7mpg (Boosterjet mild hybrid) or 53mpg (Full Hybrid) on the combined cycle, while the SZ5 4x4 version is not quite so efficient, delivering 45.4mpg.
All Vitara models sit in insurance groups 21 or 22, so premiums shouldn't be too expensive.
By fitting even the entry-level models with air-conditioning, Bluetooth, DAB radio and alloys, Suzuki is working hard to improve residual values for when you sell the car on a few years down the line.
The Vitara’s new ‘crossover’ style is more desirable too, so you can expect the car to hold on to more of its original value than the old-school Grand Vitara over the course of three years. Values are in the region of 39-46%, with the entry level car the best of the bunch.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Suzuki Vitara has transformed from a chunky off-roader into a softer crossover
- 2Engines, performance and driveNimble handling makes the Vitara fun to drive, while the 1.4 Boosterjet hybrid engine provides a decent turn of pace.
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingLightweight build and efficient hybrid powertrain make the Vitara an economical crossover.
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe sharply suited Suzuki VItara is let down by a cheap-looking interior - but it's very well equipped
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceTwo-wheel-drive versions lack the versatility of the 4x4, but the Vitara's 'crossover' design is practical enough
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Vitara boasts excellent crash test results, but Suzuki owners seem to have a downer on build quality