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SUZUKI VITARA ESTATE

1.4 Boosterjet 48V Hybrid SZ5 ALLGRIP 5dr

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Suzuki's Vitara features both mild hybrid and full hybrid tech. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Electrification is these days so important to automotive makers that developing it takes precedence over creating new designs. For proof of that, take a look at the Suzuki Vitara. The current fourth generation 'LY'-series design has been around since 2015: time, you might think, for an all-new version, given the over-riding importance of the compact SUV segment just at present. Instead, Suzuki has diverted its budgetary spend beneath the bonnet, first in 2019 redesigning its core 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol turbo engine and adding sophisticated 48-volt mild hybrid tech into it. Then in early 2022, the company introduced its own 1.5-litre Full Hybrid engine as an alternative for customers seeking even greater levels of efficiency. The result is the revitalised Vitara line-up we're looking at here.

Driving Experience

The Vitara has a slightly more athletic feel than Suzuki's other compact SUV in this segment, the S-Cross, and that hasn't been appreciably diluted by the marginal extra weight of the additional electrified tech. Let's start with the 1.4-litre mild hybrid model, which comes only with a manual gearbox. You may be familiar with the way that mild hybrid engines work but just in case not, here's a quick re-cap. Basically, energy that would otherwise be lost when braking or cruising off-throttle is harvested via a kinetic energy recovery system and sent to a small lithium-ion battery that here has been placed beneath the front passenger seat. This is used to drive a belt-driven 'ISG' unit (an 'Integrated Starter/Generator') and power the engine's stop/start system. Suzuki's old 12-volt mild hybrid package didn't do a lot more than that but this improved 48-volt set-up can also deliver a couple of other important benefits. The first is something quite unusual amongst current mild hybrids - the ability for this Suzuki to idle and even coast on full-electric power, though only below 10mph. What about the 1.5-litre Full Hybrid model? Well here, a normally aspirated petrol unit with 114bhp is combined with a 33bhp belt-driven electric motor generator powered by a tiny 0.84kWh battery. All the power is fed through a 6-speed automated manual gearbox, which you can expect to feel somewhat slow and clunky until you learn to lift off between ratio changes. There's an 'Eco' mode to improve frugality, but you might not want to engage it too often because it restricts throttle response and even in its normal drive setting, this car is no ball of fire. Rest to 62mph occupies 12.7s on the way to a top speed of 111mph. This powertrain can be specified with a proper lockable ALLGRIP 4WD system on the top-spec 'SZ5' variant.

Design and Build

There are no visual changes with this Vitara model's switch to both kinds of Hybrid power, though these days, LED headlights now feature on all models. The car has been on sale since 2014 and the version we have now is the model that was facelifted in 2019. It remains a crossover positioned size-wise somewhere between the small and mid-sized SUV segments, 4,175mm in length and slightly taller than its visually less striking S-Cross showroom stablemate. This remains quite an assured piece of design work with its clamshell bonnet, blacked-out floating glasshouse, heavily sculpted flanks and a very neat tail-lamp finish. Inside, the cabin is beginning to date a bit, with quite a few hard plastic surfaces, though it all seems to have been pretty well screwed together by the Hungarian factory. The centre-dash infotainment screen still has graphics that look a bit after-market but this display certainly includes quite a lot, with sat nav and 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring as well as a DAB tuner and Bluetooth. There's reasonably comfortable room for a couple of adults in the rear, though the twin sunroofs of the top SZ5 model do rob a few centimetres of headroom. Out back, there's a reasonably-sized 375-litre boot. If you need more room, pushing forward the 60:40-split rear bench frees up 710-litre of space - and the floor can be completely flat if you position the adjustable boor floor in its upper position.

Market and Model

Pricing is quite a bit higher than it used to be for the Vitara, sitting in the £24,000-£30,000 bracket. That's partly because going forward, Suzuki doesn't plan to offer smaller, more affordable engines than this 1.4 Boosterjet mild hybrid unit in our market. Partly it's also because the car these days features a higher standard of spec (Adaptive Cruise Control on all models for instance). And partly it's reflective of the cost of the extra forms of hybrid technology. You'll need a premium of around £1,750 if you want to move from the manual gearbox 1.4-litre mild hybrid model to the 1.5-litre Full Hybrid version, which features a 6-speed automated manual gearbox. either way, there are two main trim levels, 'SZ-T' and 'SZ5'. Even base 'SZ-T' trim gives you LED projector headlights, auto air conditioning, auto headlamps and wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, roof rails, heated door mirrors, seven airbags and 'Radar Brake Support' autonomous braking. Plus navigation, 17-inch silver painted alloy wheels, skid plates, rear privacy glass and white-stitched upholstery. The top 'SZ5' trim level you have to have if you want the option of ALLGRIP 4WD gives you a double-sliding panoramic sunroof, 17-inch polished alloy wheels, keyless entry and suede upholstery. Across the range, there's a choice of eleven different paint shades, one of which is solid, four of which are metallic finishes and six are dual-tone metallic with a Cosmic Black roof colour.

Cost of Ownership

The WLTP figures show a front-driven version of the mild hybrid model managing 49.7mpg on the combined cycle and 128g/km of CO2 emissions. So, what kind of efficiency difference does the alternative Full Hybrid tech make to the Vitara? Well, the official combined cycle WLTP figure of the Full Hybrid version is 53.0mpg, with 121g/km of CO2, which is comparable in this segment to what you'd get from, say, a Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid or the full-Hybrid self charging version of Renault's Captur E-TECH. To give you some perspective though, the existing manual gearbox mild hybrid Vitara manages 49.7mpg and 128g/km of CO2 in 2WD form, so the step forward here isn't huge. Yes, the drop in CO2 does put the Full Hybrid model in a more affordable BiK taxation band, but because of this larger capacity model's higher list price, the saving in company car tax isn't very great - think around £50 over three years for someone on 20% income tax. As with all Suzukis, all Vitaras are covered by a three year/60,000 mile warranty, plus a year of AA Suzuki Assistance, providing 24 hour UK and European roadside assistance, recovery and associated services. There's also a 12 year perforation warranty.

Summary

There's still plenty to like about the Vitara. The light kerb weight delivers agile handling. There's more space inside than you get with competitors like Nissan's Juke. And there are high standards of specification to sugar the showroom proposition. If you regularly drive on potentially treacherous roads, it'll also matter than this Suzuki is one of the few SUVs in the class that can be ordered with 4WD. But it's harder to like all of this quite as much at the significantly higher prices that Suzuki needs to charge to cover the cost of the mild hybrid and Full Hybrid tech. Particularly given the fact that the electrification benefits, though welcome, are still not quite as extensive as you might hope. Still, this is now much more a Vitara for the modern world. And a car that in this form is now just a little more than just a fashion statement.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions140.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed118mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Analogue clock
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Engine start/stop button
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure prevention
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lights on warning
  • Navigation system
  • PAS
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear parking camera
  • Service indicator
  • Smartphone link display
  • Tachometer
  • Traffic sign recognition

Entertainment

  • 2 Tweeters
  • 4 speakers
  • 4.2-Inch Colour LCD display
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • Automatic front rain sensing wipers
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Automatic headlights
  • Black wheel arch extensions + side mouldings
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome front grille
  • Chrome lower front bumper insert
  • Door mirrors with built-in turn signal lamp
  • Double sliding panoramic sunroof
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric front+rear windows
  • Front and rear intermittent wipers
  • Front fog lamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED projector headlamps with low and high beam
  • LED rear combination lamp
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Roof rails
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12 v socket in the load area
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • 2x Front and rear door bottle holders
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 3 spoke leather covered steering wheel
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Black shift knob with silver accent
  • Centre cabin light
  • Child seat tether anchorage points
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Drivers footrest
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front footwell and centre lower console box lights
  • Front head restraints
  • Front map light
  • Front passenger side assist grip
  • Glovebox light
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Leather/suede upholstery
  • Luggage area lamp
  • Luggage cover
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear assist grips x2
  • Removable double luggage room floor
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel

Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts with ELR
  • ABS+EBD+Brake assist
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual sensor brake support
  • ESP
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill hold control
  • Side airbags
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Sway warning system
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Alarm
  • Deadlocks
  • Freewheeling lock cylinders
  • Immobiliser
  • Key in reminder
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central door locking

Trim

  • Chrome dashboard trim rings

Wheels

  • 17" Polished alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    111
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    140

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1373
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Code
    K14D
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    45.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    41.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    51.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    39.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    49.3

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.4
  • Badge Power
    129
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Boosterjet 48V Hybrid ALLGRIP
  • Coin Series
    SZ5
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    19A
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    129
  • Engine Power - KW
    95
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    173
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    24
  • Engine Torque - NM
    235
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2000
  • Top Speed
    118

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1610
  • Length
    4175
  • Wheelbase
    2500
  • Width
    1775
  • Width (including mirrors)
    Not Available

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    47
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1770
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    710
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    375
  • Max. Loading Weight
    495
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    600
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1275
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.4
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

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"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

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"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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Oliver Blayney

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"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

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