We called the Vitara ‘a decent bet’ when we drove it in prototype form last year and, at the far side of the full road test treatment, our endorsement of the production version is basically unchanged.
Essentially, that’s because what you see tends to be what you get with Suzuki. That’s the way its customers probably like it, and the way we do, too.
Thus, the things we enjoy are the elements the engineers have taken time to get right. For a robust crossover, the Vitara drives well. With that safely in the bank, we’re inclined to look on its shortcomings kindly. Others, with their own clear idea of what a soft-roader should be, will not. That’s fine.
How would we like to see the Vitara improved? Firstly, find the budget for a few carefully chosen soft-touch cabin plastics. Also, if the panoramic roof can't be made to leave sufficient head room for taller people, lose it. Finally, tweak the steering - there's a half star in it.
Suzuki will have modest targets for the UK and we expect them to be met – and for those customers to be as contented as we were welcoming a seasoned nameplate back to the fold.