Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
How much you’ll pay for a Vitara depends on which of the two grades you pick, the RT-S or S Turbo.
The most affordable Vitara, the RT-S, is front-wheel drive only and lists for $21,990 with a manual gearbox, but pay $2000 more and you can have it with an automatic. Above it, the auto-only S-Turbo is available as a front-wheel drive (FWD) for $28,990 or with all-wheel drive (AWD) (Suzuki calls it 'Allgrip') for $32,990.
As a model comparison there’s the Honda HR-V (which ranges in price from $24,990 to $34,340); the Toyota C-HR ($26,990 to $35,290); Hyundai’s Kona ($24,500 to $36,000) and the old favourite Mitsubishi ASX ($27,000 to $37,500).
So, the Vitara undercuts them all on price, but what about the standard features list? Is it light on? No, is the short answer.
The RT-S comes standard with a touchscreen, sat nav, reversing camera, Apple CarPlay (but no Android Auto), Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, four-speaker stereo, cruise control, shifting paddles, air-conditioning (not climate control), privacy glass in the rear, cloth seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and LED running lights.
The S Turbo has all the RT-S’s features but adds leather seats, proximity key and push-button start, LED headlights, alloy pedals, plus front and rear parking sensors.
That’s great value for the price Suzuki is asking for the Vitara.
Tyres fitted as standard are Continental EcoContact 5. It's a more expensive tyre but I found them to perform well with good grip and a comfortable, quiet ride.
I should point out that our AWD S-Turbo had a centre console armrest up front, while the FWD version didn’t.
Suzuki's website showcases a huge array of accessories for the Vitara including nudge bars, roof-edged rear spoilers, rims, cargo barriers, towbar kits (braked towing capacity is 1200kg for all variants) and floor mats.