Test Suzuki Vitara: known size

In the segment of compact SUV he is now one of the veterans. For 31 years, the Suzuki Vitara has established itself in this segment as a successful model of the brand and is now retreaded at the dealers. However, the changes can only be seen at second glance, because the design of the brand’s creatives were reserved and limited to cosmetic retouching at the front and rear end to preserve the original character of the model. They have succeeded and so the revised Vitara remains a well-known size.

The real innovations take place under the hood, and there meets the Vitara friend on already known from other models technology. The facelifted Vitara dispenses with a diesel and comes with a one-liter three-cylinder base engine and a 1.4-liter four-cylinder to customers, which replaces the previously used 1.6-liter engine. Both drives are offered in Swift and other models. The three-cylinder engine delivers 111 hp (82 kW) and, unlike many three-cylinder engines, is pleasingly unruffled and acoustically discreetly on tour.

Where other Triple develop annoying soundscapes, the Suzuki engine keeps in the background. Only with strong accelerations, the engine makes itself felt, but never disturbing. However, the terrain should not pose any special challenges. Demanding gradients bring the small turbo quickly to its limits, then helps only courageous switching, which in turn can increase the consumption far above the specified 5.3 liters per 100 kilometers. Then at the end of the ride is more likely to be an eight before the decimal point. The performance shows that even three cylinders can provide sufficient propulsion. Tempo is 100 km / h in 11.5 seconds and maximum speed at 180 km / h.

However, the 1.4-liter four-cylinder is not only the better choice because of the better performance. Especially since the larger drive is equipped with a much better tuned six-speed transmission. The one-liter version has to be modest with five courses. Comparatively sovereign mastered the four-cylinder also steep climbs, and shows, if it must be a little faster, quite dynamic. In the final bill, it is also only slightly above the value of the three-cylinder consumption. At some point in the future, the Vitara will be equipped with a hybrid drive.

In both engines, the driver can use four driving settings for the four-wheel drive versions. In the “car”, the Vitara predominantly rolls as a front-wheel drive and delivers additional power to the rear axle on start-up.The “Sport” program delivers dynamic moments, especially with the 1.4-liter, thanks to the sporty accelerator characteristic and distributes the power accordingly Need for the front and rear axle. On slippery surfaces, the setting “Snow” is recommended, which distributes the force to the front and rear axle depending on the road conditions.On loose ground and off-road, “Lock” then steers the force distribution evenly on both axles.

Even in the generously sized interior, the Vitara friends do not have to change. The current Vitara, which is already at the dealers, now has higher quality materials, and the driver is pleased about the ergonomically arranged instruments. At most, the seat cushion could be a little more generously dimensioned. On the way, the Vitara does not present his driver with problems. The suspension has a pleasant combination of damping and suspension, and does not get carried away even when cornering fast. The deficiencies of the infrastructure are swallowed by the chassis sovereign.

For the safety of drivers and passengers, the Suzuki developers gave the Vitara a complete package depending on the equipment level, which includes the most important electronic helpers from the blind spot warning system via a parking assistant, traffic sign recognition and emergency brake assist.

The price list starts at 18 650 euros for the basic equipment Club with the three-cylinder and front-wheel drive and ends at 29 850 euros for the 1.4-liter drive with six-speed automatic and four-wheel drive. (ampnet / ww)

Data Suzuki Vitara 1.4

Length x Width x Height (m): 4.17 x 1.78 x 1.59 Wheelbase (m): 2.5 m R4 petrol engine 1373 cc, turbo, direct injection Power: 103 kW / 140 hp at 5500 revolutions Max. Torque: 220 Nm at 1500-4000 rpm Top speed: 200 km / h Acceleration 0 to 100 km / h: 9.5 sec. Consumption (average to EU standard): 5.8 liter Efficiency class: k. A. CO2 emissions: 131 g / km (Euro 6 d-Temp) Net weight / load: min. 1195 kg / max. 535 kg Boot volume: 375-1120 liters Max. Trailer load: 1200 kg Turning circle: 9.56 m Base price: 22 450 Euro

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