The Suzuki Vitara is Suzuki Philippines’ entry into the subcompact crossover segment. Now on its fourth generation, the all-new Suzuki Vitara is a lot smaller compared to its predecessor. This current model is built in Hungary, which gives it an edge over its rivals in the subcompact crossover category. The Suzuki Vitara’s design offers an aggressive yet sleek profile, with its front-end featuring wraparound LED headlamps, large grille, and a muscular bumper. This Japanese crossover measures 4,175mm long, 1,775mm wide, and 1,610mm high.
Inside, the all-new Suzuki Vitara is made up of dark interior theme with suede inserts on its leather seats. The top-of-the-line variant gets a 10-inch Android infotainment display with offline navigation and produces music via its six speakers. In addition, the Vitara has a white-on-black instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, and five-person seating capacity. Under its hood, the Vitara has a 1.6-liter engine, capable of producing 115 hp and 156 Nm of torque. It’s front-wheel drive and exclusively available with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Suzuki Vitara’s pricing starts at P913,000 and goes all the way to P1,148,000.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
Powering the Suzuki Vitara is a 1.6-liter M16 naturally-aspirated engine that produces 115 hp and 156 Nm of torque. To help get you to a stop, the compact crossover has ventilated discs up front and a solid disc in the rear. The suspension setup is MacPherson struts up front paired to coil springs. At the back, however, is a torsion beam suspension with coil springs. For wheels, it can be had with either 16-inch wheels that are either steel or alloy or with 17-inch alloy wheels. These wheels will depend on the variant.
Front Engine, Front-Wheel Drive
1.6-liter M16A I4 Naturally-Aspirated Gasoline
115 hp, 156 Nm of torque
Unlike its older model, the current Suzuki Vitara only now comes in front-wheel drive. Power is not a problem as the 1.6-liter engine producing 115 hp and 156 Nm of torque gives you power when you need it even without the need to manually downshift the transmission with paddle shifters. The engine’s acceleration is also linear and thrifty making driving the vehicle easier and predictable. The 6-speed transmission gets the job done but there is a delay when you floor the gas pedal.
Daytime running lights are standard for the Suzuki Vitara GLX variant, as well as an electric folding function for the side mirrors. For infotainment, the Vitara can be had with either a 7- or 10-inch touchscreen system. The 7-inch comes with 4 speakers attached while the 10-inch comes with 6-speakers. Both infotainment systems come with Bluetooth and USB connection, while the 10-inch touchscreen comes with the added bonus of Wifi.
On the outside, The Vitara features LED projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights for the top trim level. The other variants, however, only get projector halogens, which still gets the job done in terms of lighting. The GL and the GL+ come in monotone colors while the GLX is available in a two-tone color scheme. For the two-tone variants, the roof color will depend on the base color of the vehicle, some base color options will have a white roof to match, while others will have a black roof. The GLX variant sits on 17-inch wheels, while the GL+ gets small 16-inch wheels instead. The base GL variant, however, gets steel 16-inch wheels accompanied with hubcaps.
As Suzuki’s entry into the subcompact segment the Vitara’s interior is populated with plastics, According to Suzuki, the aim of the interior is to provide a more youthful and sporty look. At the back of the subcompact crossover is 375 liters of space. Folding the seats down will give you an additional 335 liters of space. The GLX variant comes with a sunroof but it can be intrusive in terms of light seeping through the relatively thin sunroof shade.
The Suzuki Vitara comes with dual front, side and curtain airbags for the GLX variant, while the GL+ only features dual airbags. Additional safety features include an electronic stability program that mitigates wheel spin, hill hold control, and a pedal release system that limits the movement of the pedals in the event of a crash. Other features include parking sensors for the front and rear as well as a reverse camera for the GLX variant.
The Vitara got a 4-star rating from the ASEAN NCAP in 2018.
Pros & Cons
The Vitara's pros start with the exterior as the design of the front of the vehicle looks great. Next up is the huge infotainment system that's almost tablet-like. Another thing you'd like is the fuel economy, as the Suzuki Vitara was able to get 8.1 km/L in the city and 20.1 km/L on the highway during our tests.
On the flipside, you might not like the plastics used inside the Vitara. The plastic material used in the cabin takes away from the premium feel that the vehicle initially gives off. The sunroof cover is also another con for the vehicle as it does not completely block out the sun even when the shade is in use. The shade still lets heat and light into the cabin which could make the cabin uncomfortable when the weather gets hot.
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Suzuki Vitara Colors
The Suzuki Vitara comes in the following colors: Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic, Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic, Galactic Gray Metallic, Silky Silver Metallic, White, Bright Red + Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic, Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic + Cosmic Black P, Icy Grayish Blue Metallic + Cosmic Black Pearl Met, Solar Yellow Pearl Metallic + Cosmic Black Pearl M and Solar Yellow Pearl Metallic + White
Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic
Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic
Galactic Gray Metallic
Silky Silver Metallic
Bright Red + Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic
Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic + Cosmic Black P
Icy Grayish Blue Metallic + Cosmic Black Pearl Met
Solar Yellow Pearl Metallic + Cosmic Black Pearl M
Solar Yellow Pearl Metallic + White
Suzuki Vitara Specifications
Key specifications & features of the Suzuki Vitara. View engine specs, dimensions, safety and technology features in our full variant pages.
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What's the difference between the Vitara and Grand Vitara?
The Vitara and Grand Vitara are essentially different cars, with the Grand version having more off-road capabilities than the youthful subcompact crossover.
Is there a new Vitara coming out?
Suzuki Philippines quietly launched a facelifted Suzuki Vitara in 2019.
What engine does a Suzuki Vitara have?
There are multiple engines available for the Suzuki Vitara globally. There are turbo-charged ones and naturally-aspirated types. In the Philippines, the 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated gasoline engine is the sole option.
Is there a 4x4 Suzuki Vitara?
There isn't any 4x4 Suzuki Vitara. There is, however, an all-wheel-drive variant in its global version but it isn't available in the Philippines yet.
Where is the Suzuki Vitara built?
The Suzuki Vitara is built at the Suzuki plant in Esztergom, Hungary.
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