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Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki has a long history of producing cheap, cheerful and quirky machinery, and Australia has been a happy hunting ground for the small Japanese company.

A flood of new products in 2015 and 2016 brought back the Vitara name for the first time in 17 years – albeit in a different form to the one it had in the 1990s. The five-seat, four-door Vitara small SUV comes in front-wheel drive and part-time all wheel drive versions, with a manual gearbox available at the lower end of the range. A turbocharged version joined the ranks in 2016, in response to criticism that the stock 1.6-litre petrol engine was underdone.

Current prices range from $24,490 to $36,490 for the Vitara (base) and Vitara S-Turbo Sunroof (4WD).

This vehicle is also known as Suzuki Escudo.

Suzuki Vitara Colours

The Vitara is available in eight colours. Three are single tone – Cool White, Silky Silver and Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic, while Bright Red, Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic, Savannah Ivory, Galactic Grey Metallic and Solar Yellow all come with Cosmic Black Roof upper body.

  • Cool White
  • Silky Silver
  • Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic
  • Bright Red
  • Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic
  • Savannah Ivory
  • Solar Yellow
  • Galactic Grey Metallic
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Suzuki Vitara Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Suzuki Vitara varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $17,400 and going to $36,490 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 SUV 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $17,400 $35,090
2021 SUV 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $24,490 $36,490
2020 SUV 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $17,400 $35,090
2019 SUV 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $15,000 $34,650
2018 SUV 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $13,300 $31,570
2017 SUV 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $11,900 $28,710
See All Suzuki Vitara Pricing and Specs

Suzuki Vitara Q&As

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Suzuki Vitara Accessories

If you can see past the lack of AEB, the base Vitara is well equipped.

You'll find seven airbags (including a driver’s knee item), stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist and traction control.

However, the ever-wily Suzuki does make up for the lack of driver-assist safety with items usually found on mid-grade versions of rival SUVs, like imbedded satellite navigation (as part of a colourful multimedia touchscreen system that also houses a reverse camera, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity), voice control, paddle shifters, keyless entry/start, climate control air-con with pollen filter, front fog lights, roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels (shod with quality Continental tyres).

Suzuki Vitara Interior

There's still plenty to appreciate the instant you slide yourself on to those lofty cushions.

The Vitara is packaged to transport a smaller family (and include much of their clobber) with ease, from the moment the big doors open. An excellent driving position that inspires confidence, heaps of storage in the doors and centre console, good vision and a light and airy ambience are further drawcards.

In 2021, the dash has held up pretty well, mainly due to clear instrument dials and Suzuki’s ever-present 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system that is ridiculously easy to operate. Never mind the hard and cheap-looking lower-lying plastics, the cabin is beautifully screwed together as well. And it's likely to stay that way for a very long time.

But there are annoyances, beginning with the lack of digital speedometer, especially now that the cheapest Vitara is a near-$30K proposition; for the same reason we’d have hoped for a DAB+ digital radio, auto lights on, rear-seat cupholders and more than just one USB port (located under the climate control system).

Moving to the rear seats, there's heaps of headroom; the raised rear cushion promotes a natural posture which is good for longer journeys, and enough room for three smaller adults to squeeze in. Larger feet can be tucked underneath the front seats too.

However, besides there being no device-charging facilities, you’ll also notice the lack of reading lights, rear air vents (though the front outlets' outputs do reach back OK) and beverage storage. At least the doors have space for a one-litre bottle and the overhead grab handles include coat hooks. And, like the front, it's all light and airy, with good sight lines for bored back-seat riders to stare out from.

Beyond that, the boot is fairly large big and square, with a bi-level floor that’s good for hiding smaller items, while there are hooks, a light and 120V outlet for rear-seat occupants to snake some hapless charger cord to.

All in all, a big, spacious and inviting interior that’s big on practicality and ease, but also showing its age in a few places.

Suzuki Vitara Interior

Suzuki Vitara Boot Space

Cargo capacity is rated at 375 litres – raising to 710L with the 60/40 rear backrests lowered. It’s nice to see a good old-fashioned luggage board instead of the flimsy mesh items some rivals foist upon us nowadays.

Suzuki Vitara Boot space Suzuki Vitara Boot space

Suzuki Vitara Dimensions

The dimensions of the Suzuki Vitara SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 SUV 1610x1775x4175 mm 185 mm
2020 SUV 1610x1775x4175 mm 185 mm
2019 SUV 1610x1775x4175 mm 185 mm
2018 SUV 1610x1775x4175 mm 185 mm
2017 SUV 1610x1775x4175 mm 185 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Suzuki Vitara Dimensions

Suzuki Vitara Towing Capacity

The Suzuki Vitara has maximum towing capacity of 1200kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 1200kg 1200kg
2020 SUV 1200kg 1200kg
2019 SUV 1200kg 1200kg
2018 SUV 1200kg 1200kg
2017 SUV 1200kg 1200kg
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Suzuki Vitara Fuel Consumption

The Suzuki Vitara is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP, PULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.8L/100km for SUV /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 SUV 5.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
2021 SUV 5.9L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 5.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
2020 SUV 5.9L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 4.9L/100km 1.6L Diesel 6 SP DUAL-CLUTCH AUTO
2019 SUV 5.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
2019 SUV 5.9L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 4.9L/100km 1.6L Diesel 6 SP DUAL-CLUTCH AUTO
2018 SUV 5.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
2018 SUV 5.9L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP AUTO
2017 SUV 4.9L/100km 1.6L Diesel 6 SP DUAL-CLUTCH AUTO
2017 SUV 5.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Suzuki Vitara Pricing and Specs for 2021

Suzuki Vitara Wheel Size

The Suzuki Vitara has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 215x55 R17 for SUV in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 SUV 215x55 R17 215x55 R17
2020 SUV 215x55 R17 17x6 inches 215x55 R17 17x6 inches
2019 SUV 215x55 R17 17x6.5 inches 215x55 R17 17x6.5 inches
2018 SUV 215x55 R17 17x6.5 inches 215x55 R17 17x6.5 inches
2017 SUV 215x55 R17 17x6.5 inches 215x55 R17 17x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Suzuki Vitara Wheel Sizes

Suzuki Vitara Seats

While the Vitara's front seats may seem a bit wide and flat to begin with, they're amply supportive over an extended time in them, with a softness to their shape and texture that makes them quite cosy. No lumbar support for the driver is disappointing, though.

Getting in and out of the rear seat is simple, aided by wide doors and lofty seating, again on flat but ultimately comfortable cushions and backrest, though they neither slide or recline as with some other small SUVs.

The backrests are split to fold 60/40 for added practicality and cargo-carrying permutations.

Suzuki Vitara Seats

Suzuki Vitara Speed

The Suzuki Vitara has managed the 0-100km/h sprint time of 10.5 seconds.