2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip Review | Philkotse Philippines

Updated Jul 21, 2021

Editor's: 3.5/5
Is it worth the added money?
2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip Review | Philkotse Philippines

In this review...

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Tech & Safety
  5. Engine & Performance
  6. Fuel Efficiency
  7. Verdict
  8. Price
  9. Color Options
  10. Specs

2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip Review: Introduction

In the Philippines, there’s some kind of a cheat sheet to sell a new model. Load it with features, then price it competitively in the market. You’ll seriously see car brands here constantly trying to upend each other in terms of pricing within a segment.

Suzuki Auto, however, has other plans.

2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip – A return to off-road form?

Practically swimming upstream in the sea of crossovers and SUVs, the Suzuki Vitara gets a new, all-wheel-drive variant called AllGrip. Priced higher by P300,000, it replaces the newly-facelifted model, kicking the more affordable front-wheel-drive variant out of the lineup.

At this point, your question is just the same as ours right now: is this car worth the added money? Find out in this review of the 2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip.

3.5/5

Suzuki Vitara 2021 Review

How we do our reviews
  • aesthetics
    3.5/5

    Overall exterior & Interior design, build quality, form vs function

  • Safety & Technology
    4.0/5

    Number of safety & tech features, consistency during usage

  • Performance
    3.5/5

    Power delivery, acceleration, transmission, suspension, handling

  • Comfort & Practicality
    3.5/5

    Overall Ride Comfort, Space, Storage Areas

  • Value for Money
    3.0/5

    Sticker price vs overall package

2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip Exterior Review: Added bling

A picture of the Vitara GLX from the side

The Vitara GLX AllGrip from the side

Design-wise, the new Vitara AllGrip doesn’t look far from the facelifted model that was introduced in 2019. With the addition of faux-skid plates, front and back, it gets a more rugged look than before. There are those who are into this styling, as with the added thick chrome bling on the sides, so I’ll leave this at that.

That said, the Vitara AllGrip gets the same boxy form, compact size, and considerable 185mm space from the ground. Not that they’re a bad thing; it’s a formula that’s eye-pleasing and attracted current owners to the nameplate.

A picture of the rear of the Suzuki Vitara GLX

The Suzuki-made crossover's rear end

For what it’s worth, the Vitara looks better with a contrasting roof color, which warrants an additional P10,000. And oh, thank heavens for the full LED affair and an interesting all-red taillight configuration.

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2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip Interior Review: Greatest weakness

My biggest gripe in the outgoing Vitara was the choice of plastics used in the cabin and sadly, the new AllGrip model retains the use of those unattractive, albeit, durable polymers. Even the aging steering wheel made its way in this new offering, which is kind of disappointing, to put it bluntly.

A picture of the interior of the Vitara

The Vitara AllGrip's front cabin

As a saving grace, the Vitara has well-designed and comfy leather seats with suede inserts. The soft-touch suede is also found on the door cards, while the slidable center armrest and door-side cushion make for a relaxing cruise.

But then again, there’s the question of space. The Vitara is not that spacious in the rear cabin. It’s enough for a comfortable ride for average-sized Filipinos, but those taller than 5’6” might find the space lacking; the limited headroom’s amplified by the panoramic sunroof. Plus, the lack of rear A/C vents can be a problem for rear occupants, especially during hot days and the thin mesh cloth that covers the glass roof.

A picture of the Vitara's trunk

The Vitara's cargo space with the rear seats folded up

Good thing, default trunk space is generous at 375L, expandable to 1,120L by folding the backrests and removing the tonneau.

2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip: Tech & Safety Review

In terms of Vitara AllGrip’s tech and safety toys, the pros overcome the cons. Sure, the crossover’s rid of speed-sensing door locks and electronic seat adjustments, plus the rearview camera’s display needs an upgrade. But at least it does have auto headlamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, regular cruise control with limiter, and a massive 10-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A picture of the Vitara's touchscreen

The Vitara AllGrip's 10-inch headunit

However, the bulk of your money goes to the AllGrip all-wheel-drive system. While adding the capability to run on all fours aids in better acceleration, its main purpose is for safety. The added traction ensures safe passage on slippery and demanding terrains.

2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip: Engine & Performance Review

Speaking of all-wheel-drive, running on all four wheels inspired confidence while I was testing the Vitara. The 1.6-liter naturally-aspired gasoline engine puts out 115hp and 156Nm of torque, sent to the wheels via a 6-speed torque converter automatic.

A picture of the Vitara's engine

The Vitara AllGrip's 1.6-liter M16A inline-4 gasoline engine

I felt the immediate pull with every accelerator input, even without switching to Sport mode, but torque seems to plateau early in the rev range accompanied by a loud engine sound penetrating the cabin. Beyond those, it did a great job in pulling even its laden weight plus brakes work nicely without any complaint.

Handling-wise, the Vitara AllGrip’s fun to drive most of the time, plus the firm suspension adds a sense of control on corners. Plight on imperfect roads wasn’t an issue, but I really wish Suzuki could increase the noise insulation in this crossover for better ride comfort.

A picture of the Vitara's AllGrip Select Knob

The AllGrip Select knob. We don't have snow locally, but it will work on slipper road surfaces

As for the AllGrip Select, I tested the Vitara on unfinished and muddy roads. Theoretically, the system should recognize which wheels exactly need torque to avoid slippage. On the actual road test, it complied and worked seamlessly. Whether you’re on Auto or Snow (best used for very slippery situations), the system’s intelligent enough to ensure worry-free passage.

2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip: Fuel Efficiency

Despite the added weight of the all-wheel-drive system, the Vitara AllGrip still returned stellar fuel efficiency numbers after days of testing.

Mixed driving (city and highway) at an average speed of 30-40 km/h yielded 10.1 km/l, while highway runs with the cruise control set at 90 km/h read a remarkable 21.4 km/l after an hour of driving. Those numbers are insane, mind you, and I tested it twice (to and from my destination) just for good measure.

2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip Review: Verdict

Onto the biggest question: is 2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip worth your money? Well, it depends. At P1,458,000, the Vitara AllGrip now stands as the most affordable all-wheel-drive crossover in the market, undercutting the Mazda CX-30 and Subaru XV by a huge margin.

Now, this depends on whether you’re buying AWD for its real intended use, like if you frequent mountain passes and you want a car that can ferry you without worry. If you’re looking at the Vitara this way, and not as a crossover made for the urban jungle, then yes, it’s worth your consideration. Otherwise, I’m struggling to find a good reason why you have to consider one.

That said, we hope Suzuki Philippines brings back the Vitara in its more affordable front-wheel-drive flavor so buyers will still have a choice.

2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip Review: Price

Suzuki Vitara Variants

Price

Vitara GLX AT AllGrip

Php 1,458,000

Vitara GLX AT AllGrip (Two-tone)

Php 1,468,000

2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip Review: Color Options

Suzuki Vitara Color Options (Monotone and Two-tone)

Galactic Grey Metallic, Cool White Pearl, Solid Bright Red / Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic, Prime Solar Yellow / Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic

2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip Review: Specs

Overall

Make

Suzuki

Name

Vitara GLX A/T ALLGRIP

Body Type

5-door crossover

Dimensions and Weight

Length

4,175mm

Width

1,775mm

Height

1,610mm

Engine and Transmission

Type

1.6-liter inline-4 Gasoline

Max Power

115 horsepower

Max Torque

156 Nm

Transmission

Six-speed Automatic w/ Paddle Shifter

Chassis and Suspension

Brakes (Front/rear)

Disc/Disc

Suspension (Front/rear)

MacPherson Strut/Torsion beam

Wheels and Tires

215 / 55 R17 – 17-inch alloy wheels

Exterior

LED Headlamps

LED daytime running lamps

LED taillights

Front fog lamps

Rear spoiler

Front and rear skid plates

Interior

Leather seats w/ suede inserts

Automatic air-conditioning

Push-to-start button

Panoramic sunroof

10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Clinometer

12-Volt power outlets

Cruise Control

AllGrip Select terrain selector

Safety and Security

6 airbags

Anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution

Electronic stability control

Traction control

Hill-hold control

Reverse camera

Parking sensors (front and rear)

Security Alarm and engine immobilizer

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Jacob Oliva

Jacob Oliva

Author

Jacob is a motoring journalist in the Philippines. A former musician and a corporate slave, he took the leap of faith amid his twenties and started his writing career as a news and features writer for AutoDeal. It was there where he made his way up to become the chief editor and senior car reviewer before he left the company in 2020.

Right now, Jacob serves as the Content Manager of Philkotse. You may also read his insights about the local automotive industry in his column under Wheels, the motoring section of Philippine Star. A recipient of the Henry Ford Awards in 2019, Jacob is also the weekend editor for Motor1, a leading global automotive website.

Jacob has started his adoration for cars at an early age through his father’s Jeep Wrangler and his older brother’s Nissan Sentra. He currently has a soft spot in his heart for the latest version of the Suzuki Jimny, so don’t be surprised to see him one day driving a black or gray mini-SUV – bone-stock but with upgraded tires and rims.

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