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Suzuki Vitara - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Efficient hybrid powertrains make the Suzuki Vitara an economical crossover

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs Rating

4.1 out of 5

Price
£24,829 to £30,379
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Because it weighs relatively little (around 1,200kg in 1.4 Boosterjet form and 1,300kg as a 1.5 Hybrid ALLGRIP), the Vitara’s running costs are fairly low for the class. Under WLTP testing, CO2 emissions start at 121g/km and rise to 132g/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. The entry-level Toyota Yaris Cross Icon model has lower CO2 emissions of 100g/km, which attracts a Benefit-in-Kind tax rate of 25 per cent. 

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 won't incur the extra cost.

Fuel economy reaches a claimed maximum of 53.2mpg (1.4 Boosterjet mild hybrid) or 54.3mpg (Full Hybrid) on the combined cycle, while the SZ5 4x4 version could be more efficient, delivering 48.7mpg. That’s some way behind a similarly four-wheel drive Yaris Cross, which manages 55.4mpg combined.

Insurance groups

The least expensive Suzuki Vitaras to insure will be the entry-level 1.4 Boosterjet Go and (oddly) the 1.5 Hybrid SZ5 ALLGRIP in group 16. This rises to group 18 for the SZ-T and non-four-wheel drive SZ5 1.5 Hybrid versions, followed by the 1.4 Boosterjet SZ-T in 18, and finally group 20 for the 1.4 Boosterjet SZ5. 

If you want something cheaper to insure, then the mild-hybrid 123bhp Ford Puma in ST-Line trim is in group 12, while the entry-level Icon version of Yaris Cross is in group 11.

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Depreciation

According to our experts, over three years/36,000 miles, the Vitara should retain between 43 - 48 per cent of its resale value, with the worst performer being the 1.4 Boosterjet Go, and the best being the 1.5 Hybrid SZ-T. 

For a better-performing small SUV in terms of resale values, look towards the Volkswagen T-Roc, because in 1.0 110 Life trim, it’ll retain around 55 per cent of its value over the same period.

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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
    £25,870

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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