The Compact SUV Re-Invented: The All-New Suzuki Vitara 2016

Suzuki’s most recent model is the brand-new Vitara. With the brand-new Vitara, which is poised to dominate the auto industry, Suzuki has without a doubt reinvented the compact SUV. It might even become a huge hit. The all-new Suzuki Vitara is the best affordable compact SUV in its class for buyers who cannot afford to spend a lot of money on an SUV. Many potential buyers of small hatchbacks will undoubtedly have to reconsider their choices now before committing to a purchase.

Suzuki launched this small SUV in an effort to maintain a fair market share in the increasingly competitive automotive industry. The brand-new Suzuki Grand Vitara has a starting price of $22,990 (on-roads are extra), and its features and admirable fuel economy should lure many customers away from the typical small hatchbacks. Both of the car’s specs, which are both well-equipped, are offered. Only front-wheel drive is available in the base RT-S ($22,990 plus on-road expenses), while all-wheel drive and a standard auto are available in the RT-X ($24,990 plus on-road expenses).

Although the new vehicle bears the Vitara nameplate, it is not the Grand Vitara’s replacement. Instead, this little marvel goes up against practical, fashion-forward compact SUVs like the Ford Eco Sport or the Renault Captur. With enough flexibility to allow for weekend trips to the beach, this new car is perfect for a week in the city. To make up for its higher price, it is adorned with a sunroof, leather seats, and other small extras.

Suzuki is adamant that the Vitara’s customization options are the secret to the success of the vehicle. 6 paint finishes are available out of which 3 come with a contrasting black roof as a $995 alternative.

This small reimagined SUV is definitely very promising!

The Drive

A reliable 1.6-liter petrol engine with VVT that produces 86kW of power at 6,000 RPM and 156Nm of torque at 4,400 RPM powers the brand-new Suzuki Vitara. For the RT-S model, it has a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with front wheel drive, and for the RT-X model, a 6-speed automatic transmission with four-mode all-wheel drive. Torsion beam rear suspension and Mac Pherson struts up front are included. It has four wheel disc brakes, ventilated front rotors, ventilated rear rotors, and electric power steering.

Since the 1970s, when it debuted the first LJ10 series, Suzuki has had a wealth of experience. Over time, that vehicle changed into the Jimny, which is still in production today. Suzuki has continued to successfully produce and supply small, light, and incredibly capable compact 4×4 vehicles ever since. However, that strong DNA helped in the design of the current vehicle. This new car is undoubtedly geared toward city driving. The manual car is a breeze to drive in the city, and it stands out for having a clever shifting box and a satisfying clutch feel that contribute to the ease of operation. The highway speed limit can be maintained without incident, but it is still advised to give yourself enough room when passing.

  • A good option for first-time or young car buyers who only want to drive on city streets and highways is the RT-S variant, which only offers front-wheel drive.
  • Those who want all-wheel-drive grip should choose the RT-X variant because it has impressive all-paw traction and an automatic transmission.

If the system is left in automatic mode on gravel, it will power the rear wheels as it finds traction. The “snow and mud” setting adjusts the ESP and divides power to the rear axle in advance of low-traction surfaces in order to prepare for them. To maintain speed, a sports mode changes the automatic shift points while a 4×4-lock mode distributes an even 50:50 torque split between the front and rear axles. Additionally, sports mode shifts torque to the rear axle and proves to be quite enjoyable on winding and zigzagging roads. The Vitara has a firm ride quality but never feels overly stiff, and the suspension doesn’t hop or stagger on bumpy roads. You wouldn’t always anticipate such precise, pinpoint steering from an SUV, but it is sharp, has a nice weighting, and carries a lot of power.

Fuel Economy

The main draw is fuel efficiency. According to official statistics, the RT-S manual produces 5.8 liters per 100 kilometers, while the RT-X produces 6.3 liters per 100 kilometers.


Seven airbags—dual side, dual front, driver’s knee, and full-length curtain—ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution, hill descent control, front height-adjustable seatbelts with load-limiting pre-tensioners, a reversing camera, and hill hold (auto only)—are included in the brand-new Grand Vitara.

The Interior

The cleverly constructed interior of the Vitara strikes and impresses you. It is well constructed and arranged for utility.

For a small additional fee, you can choose from a variety of interchangeable panels in colors ranging from a striking orange to a vibrant turquoise or from a modern stark white to a more elegant gloss black for the air conditioning vent rings and decor panel.

Despite having small external dimensions, the Vitara has a lot of room inside. Because of the elevated driving position, you have a clear front view as well as good all-around visibility while driving. For a long drive, the front seats are very comfortable, offering good thigh support and well-shaped bolstering.

It has a good 375-liter boot, which is more than the Holden Trax and Mazda CX-3 combined. Each side has a pocket for small items, and there is a hidden compartment under the floor for valuables.

RT-S variant: Features include a single-zone climate control system, cloth interior, remote central locking, power windows and mirrors, cruise control with a speed limiter, trip computer, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch grey alloy wheels, and analogue clock.

RT-X variant: (Electric panoramic sunroof, proximity key, push-button start, electric folding mirrors with indicators, leather and suede seat trim, front and rear park sensors, 17-inch polished alloy wheels, auto lights, wipers, and LED low-beam headlights are additional features to the RT-S.

Infotainment: Seven-inch touch screen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Mirror Link (for compatible smart phones), iPod USB connectivity, four speakers (RT-S) or six speakers (RT-X) of audio, and satellite navigation are all features of the RT-X.

Luggage Capacity: 375 litres, which is stretchable through 60:40 split fold rear seats.

Summing Up

SUV production under the Suzuki name has a distinguished past. The brand-new Vitara is designed with driving in cities’ tight corners in mind. The Vitara’s small size is ideal for gliding through congested city streets, and it also boasts a fantastic infotainment system, along with roomy, elegant interiors. It is brilliant on the road and a great purchase for new customers. All-road grip (4-wheel drive) will be available to RT-X variant buyers.

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