The current Suzuki Vitara was introduced in the Philippines in November 2017. Suzuki answered the demand of its loyal followers as it needed a crossover vehicle type that can challenge existing known models such as Nissan’s Juke, Ford’s Ecosport, and Mazda’s CX-3.
Also, amidst its intimidating features and detailings, this attractive vehicle made heads turn in a good way as it was offered under a very reasonable starting price.
The Vitara's decent size is great for daily use in the city
The new Suzuki Vitara is applauded for its styling. It somewhat resembles a Range Rover minus its size. Sophisticated and sporty lines cover its body making it standout. Its rear has a dramatic slope that runs smoothly.
Its muscled fascia with chrome grille is embellished with a noticeable sign of power and dominance - Suzuki’s “S” logo. The top variant is affixed with LED projector headlights matched with daytime running lights, while entry ones are fitted with projector halogens.
If you opt for a two-tone automobile, choose the GLX as the roof is offered in either black or white. This variant is also fitted with wheels measuring 17 inches. On the other hand, the GL and GL+ come with one base color and are affixed with 16-inch wheels.
Enjoy a spacious head and legroom inside the Vitara. The mood is relaxed as its interior is dominated by the color black. The leather with suede highlights are noticeable and exudes class. An infotainment system powered by Android equipped speakers will excite users. The dashboard is well designed and displays essentials. The steering wheel is premium to hold.
Above, be amazed at the large panoramic sunroof ideally opened when driving out of town.
The second-row seats can be folded and allows a decent space for storage. Mini compartments strategically placed throughout for keeping your valuables safe are also available.
Technology & Safety Features
The Vitara GLX variant comes with rain-sensing wipers, daytime running lights, cruise control, automatic headlights, paddle shifters, parking sensors, and a speed limiter. Furthermore, you may choose from a seven or 10-inch touchscreen system. Note that the former comes with four speakers while the latter is equipped with six. Both can be connected via USB or Bluetooth.
As for its safety features, the Vitara received a four-star rating in 2018 from the ASEAN NCAP, a program that assesses an automobile’s effectiveness when it comes to overall safety performance.
With this, the Vitara GL+ comes with dual airbags while the GLX is equipped with dual front, side and curtain. Both come with Hill hold control, electronic stability, and a pedal system useful in uncontrolled crashes.
Platform & Chassis
The Suzuki Vitara is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive subcompact crossover. Its suspension setup, a trusted Macpherson, guarantees a relaxed and smooth driving experience. A bonus of this five-door Sports Utility Vehicle is its wide windows. It enables you and your passengers to observe outside conditions.
Also, its advantageous stance is low, lessening the risk of rollover while driving on slippery areas, mountains, and other challenges on the road.
Engine & Drivetrain
All variants are powered by a 1.6-liter M16 engine fixed with a variable valve timing. It can effortlessly produce 115hp and a Newton Meter of 156 and affixed with a six-speed automatic transmission.
During long drives, it can guarantee a pleasant performance. The new Vitara can handle sudden increases in speed. City cruising is also solid as its response during throttle is good.