Suzuki Vitara

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How much does the Suzuki Vitara cost to run?

The 1.6L diesel is the most economical Suzuki Vitara to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency. Compared to the competition in the SUV segment, it will make the smallest dent in your wallet.

The Suzuki Vitara 1.6L diesel costs £20.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band B.

It does not far off 71 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

This is the best fuel economy in class, and better than the next three cars: Range Rover Evoque, Ford Kuga, Honda CR-V

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 17, which is lower than the Ford Kuga 1.5L diesel, but higher than the Hyundai IX35 1.7L diesel.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.4L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol
mpg49.5 - 53.244.8 - 52.362.7 - 70.649.5 - 53.3
emissions121 - 129127 - 143106 - 118123 - 131
tax£125.00£125.00 - £160.00£20.00 - £30.00£125.00 - £145.00
insuranceGroup 12Group 16 - 19Group 17 - 21Group 11 - 16

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Suzuki Vitara: How big is the boot?

The Suzuki Vitara has a below average boot space (375 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 2 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 3 large bags or 3 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 7 large bags with its 981 litres.

Is the Suzuki Vitara easy to park?

While not the absolute narrowest car (that is the Suzuki Jimny), this is in the top third for ease of parking in car parks. Given a typical supermarket space, it will fill three quarters of the space.

If you park on the street regularly, this is one of the cars to shortlist. At 4175m long it gives you reasonable 625mm space to move the car in and out of the bay.

Which Suzuki Vitara has the best performance?

The fastest Suzuki Vitara from 0-60, is the 1.4L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 220 lbs/ft torque and 140 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 9.5 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0L diesel, which will beat your Suzuki Vitara to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.4L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol
zeroTo6211.5 - 12.59.5 - 10.211.4 - 12.411.5 - 13
torque160 - 170220320156

What size caravan or trailer, can the Suzuki Vitara tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Suzuki Vitara 1.6L diesel which has 320 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1500kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.