Driven: 2019 Suzuki Vitara

2019 suzuki vitara

The Suzuki Vitara has been a steady vehicle for many years, with ongoing design changes from model to model. The latest model has been redesigned with a number of new features added.

There are a number of options in both engines and transmissions choices.  The two engines are a 1.4 Boosterjet or a 1.6 lt petrol version, with a five-speed manual or a six-speed auto gearbox for both engine choices.

The redesign of the body includes the front grille, a two panel sun/moon roof. LED headlights and other subtle changes. Some of these include LED daytime running lamps and fog lamps, 17 inch polished alloy wheels.

The 4×4 model has been given a new name “The ALLGRIP system” adding to the flexibility to really head into tough, unforgiving country.

The system offers four 4WD modes – auto, sport, snow and lock:

  • The auto mode prioritises fuel economy and switches to 4WD wheh detecting slippage.
  • The sports mode improves cornering by allocating torque to the rear wheels for better engine response.
  • The snow mode is designed for snowy unpaved and other slippery surfaces enhancing traction during accelartion and promotes stability.
  • The lock mode is designed for extracting the vehicle from snow, mud or sand, wit the system apportioning more torque to the rearwheels. Lock mode automatically switches to snow mode over 60km/h when it detects conditions to provide maximum grip and stability.

The body design with greater structural efficiency absorbin and dispersing energy in the case of a collision.

Six airbags, Electronic Stability Control add to the safety features of the Vitara, and important element in our increasingly crowded road environment.

The other feature is Hill Decent Control. This comes into force when the car is travelling downward on a steep slope and engine braking is insufficient to slow the vehicle.

Hill Descent Control applies the brakes and keep the vehicle at a certain low speed. This allows the driver to concetrate on steering (this feature is only on ALLGRIP fitted models).

The interior has also been upgraded with added space, new soft instrument panel, 7 inch touch screen display, new geometric pattern seats with ample adjustments to suit most shapes and sizes.

It even features an analogue clock, a nice touch in our increasing digital age.

The multi-functional steering wheel gives the drive easy to see and reach control to radio, Bluetooth and cruise control.

The list of standard items is extensive.

Power windows and mirrors, quality sound and climate control, remote locking, push button start, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, rear camera, lane departure warning, blind spot monitor and other small but convenient “bits & pieces” are part of the package.

There is ample leg and head room front and rear, as well as a generous cargo area.

It drives smoothly around town and on the highway, and performs amazingly well when let loose on rugged terrain.

It is a creditale family car,  with the added quality it will serve you well when you decide to head of the beaten track.


  • Engine: 1.6 lt producing 68kW, 156 Nm,  1.4 lt Boosterjet turbo producing 103kW/220Nm
  • Brakes: four-wheel discs
  • Transmission: five-speed manual, six-speed auto
  • Dimensions: length 4175mm,  width 1775mm, height 1610mm, ground clearance 185mm, turning circle 5.6 m
  • Economy: 6.1 lt/100km
  • Price: from $23,990 manual, $25,490 auto, Turbo $29,990, Turbo 4×4 $ $35,990
  • Warranty: 5 Year, Road side Assist

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