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Suzuki Vitara is primed to rival small SUVs, first drive

"While the cosmetic changes are minor, Suzuki says it has improved refinement and drive-ability."

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While supply constraints will prevent the Jimny from becoming a high-volume model, Suzuki is hoping the facelifted Vitara will appeal to a wider range of drivers.

It is primed to rival small SUVs like the Seat Arona.

A new 1.0-litre three-cylinder Boosterjet petrol engine is now available, replacing the 1.6. It develops 111PS and emits 121g/km of CO2.

Having dropped diesel from the range back in April, Suzuki says the new Vitara petrol is still a cheaper option for company car drivers when compared with diesel rivals.

Benefit-in-kind tax will cost less than £70 per month (20% taxpayer), due to the base model’s low P11D price of £16,779.

Fuel consumption is rated at 53.2mpg, although we expect it to perform worse during high speed travel – so may be more suited to urban use.

There is also a 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol, carried over from the last Vitara. It is a lot more potent with 140PS and emits from 131g/km.

All-wheel drive can be specified with both engines.

The facelifted Vitara features new technology; including blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic alert.

While the cosmetic changes are minor, Suzuki says it has improved refinement and drive-ability.

We found that both engines offer adequate performance and refinement and, while not class leading, the Vitara’s interior is a step up from before with higher quality materials and a high level of standard kit.

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CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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  • Jack - 23/04/2019 20:24

    Why are the costs of many German cars shown without fuel costs? To make them come out on top? Because the publication is German owned? If you haven't the figures then don't publish in the comparison charts.

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    • jeremy.bennett (fleetnews) - 24/04/2019 09:22

      Hi Jack We’re aware of the data issues. Fleet News receives its data from a third party. It is experiencing on-going problems in collating consistently accurate data from a number of manufacturers, not just German ones. There is inconsistency in the levels and classifications of the mpg data being received from manufacturers. A couple of examples are: 1. Some manufacturers are only supplying a ‘combined WLTP mpg’ figure, whilst others are only supplying a ‘min and max combined mpg’ figure. In these occasions the manufacturers have yet to confirm which should be used for any forms of calculations. 2. There are also conflicts in the data for the min and max values because of different interpretations of what the min and max figures represent. We are working to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

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