Suzuki Vitara RT-X diesel 2016 review | first drive

Suzuki has added a turbo-charged diesel engine to its stable of Vitara SUVs – an engine that delivers more than twice the torque of the entry-level Vitara - and sips distillate at a miserly 4.9 litres per 100km. It's an impressive addition as we found out on the Queensland launch of the vehicle between Cairns and Cooktown via the Daintree Forest in Far North Queensland.

Suzuki pioneered what we now know as compact SUVs – well before the segment was defined – way back in 1988 with the first Vitara. At a time when Japanese heavyweights, Nissan Patrol and Toyota LandCruiser, were still lumbering around on leaf springs the three-door Vitara offered coil springs all-round, power steering, a five speed transmission, 4WD on demand and a dual-range transfer case. Vitara was an instant hit and still commands a die-hard legion of fans.

The new diesel variant, known as the Vitara RT-x Turbo diesel, joins the entry-level 1.6-litre CL petrol 2WD Vitara released in August 2015 as well as Suzuki's first turbo-charged petrol engine in the 1.4-litre S Turbo RT-X petrol 2WD and AWD launched in March this year. Read more...

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14 Feb 2017

By Murray Hubbard