2017 Suzuki Vitara S Turbo 2WD Quick Review

THE latest-generation Suzuki Vitara was introduced in 2015 as a stylishsmall SUV to take a fresh fight to the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Mitsubishi ASX and the Nissan Qashqai. We’re looking here at the front-driving $28,990 S Turbo variant that saves $4000 by not ticking the box for Suzuki’s on-demand all-wheel-drive system.

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The Suzuki Vitara S Turbo uses a fuel-efficient 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission to drag four people around in decent comfort – five at a pinch. On paper it’s the sweet spot in the Vitara range with a punchy engine (the other choices are a non-turbo 1.6 petrol and a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel), and if you never plan on going beyond the bitumen you won’t miss the all-wheel-drive gubbins. We’re seeing it wearing different paint to the car that was launched here midway through last year.


  • Decent performance. Turbocharging the 1.4-litre engine lifts performance to 103kW, or about the same as a bigger 1.8-litre engined Toyota Corolla while its maximum torque, all 220Nm of it, kicks in from a low 1500rpm meaning the Vitara S Turbo accelerates briskly from the traffic lights. Read more...

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14 Feb 2017

By Barry Park