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Suzuki Vitara - Interior, design and technology

A cheap-looking interior lets down the sharply suited Suzuki VItara – but it's very well-equipped

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

3.0 out of 5

Price
£25,419 to £30,969
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Park the Suzuki Vitara next to the Suzuki S-Cross, and they look virtually the same size, but the official statistics reveal that the Vitara is slightly shorter. It’s still bigger than the Nissan Juke, though.

The chunky styling focuses on sharp lines and striking details. It’s a solid-looking SUV, with a squared-off front end and a clamshell bonnet (not dissimilar to several Land Rover products), a slatted grille that reminds you of a Jeep, and lots of black plastic trim on entry-level models give it a more robust look than most small SUVs. Mid-range SZ-T and above get more chrome detailing to try and give the Vitara a premium look.

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The fake vents at the edges of the bonnet, and the muscular lines that flow back along the doors and up over the rear wheels add a dash of sportiness. Metallic paint is available from £535, but if you want a contrasting black roof, you’ll need to stump up an extra £300 on top of that. There’s also an optional Urban Design Pack available that’ll add white, black, grey, or silver exterior trim highlights to your Vitara, although it costs nearly £1,000, which seems a bit steep to us.

Inside, the interior design is lifted by some chrome rings around the air vents, and a strip of silver plastic that stretches across the dash and looks a little like metal. It all seems well screwed together, and it is easy to understand.  

However, far too many hard, scratchy plastics are used throughout the rest of the interior to challenge the class best. For the money, the Skoda Kamiq uses much plusher materials.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The entry-level SZ-T comes with a four-speaker audio system with DAB digital radio, USB/Bluetooth for media streaming, and steering wheel controls. The SZ5 has a slightly better-sounding six-speaker audio system.

All models have a touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav included, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. The glossy screen can be a little difficult to see in bright sunlight, and isn’t the slickest to use even when you can see it.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 Boosterjet SZ4 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,150

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 Hybrid SZ-T 5dr AGS
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £26,460

Fastest

  • Name
    1.4 Boosterjet SZ-T 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £20,105
Online Reviews Editor

Max looks after the reviews on the Auto Express website. He’s been a motoring journalist since 2017 and has written for Autocar, What Car?, Piston Heads, DrivingElectric, Carbuyer, Electrifying, and Good Motoring Magazine.

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