2018 Suzuki Vitara Review; Best Suzuki SUV

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 - Suzuki

Compact Yes, but with everything you need: the 2018 Suzuki Vitara 1.6 DDiS 4WD DCT features all-wheel drive and automatic transmission with double clutch. Under the hood, there is the drive from 120 HP 1.6 turbodiesel Turin source promises very good fuel economy and performance. Let’s put it to the test.

2018 Suzuki Vitara Exterior Interior

Sizes are from B-SUV, with a length of 4.17 meters (13 less than the S-Cross with which it shares the platform) and with a roomy interior and comfortable. The 2018 Suzuki Vitara resumes the name of what was once a real success among the small SUV in the late 1980s and early 1990s it had a successful design and dimensions. Just as the new model, which is more devoted to asphalt than the 1988 frame with traverse and spars.

That the aesthetics of the new 2018 Suzuki Vitara-enhanced by the solid bi-body color-managed, as is shown by the numbers in a short time has become the bestseller of the Japanese brand. The attention to detail is also noticeable in the passenger compartment, where it resumes the tint of the bodywork on the dashboard.

The materials are stiff and strong, certainly not luxurious, but overall the result is pleasing to the eye, although with some detail a bit cheap. Meets graphics multimedia system with 7-inch capacitive touch screen, which premiered right on the Vitara and then spread on other models.

2018 Suzuki Vitara review and relase date usa

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The version with the DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission, available only in combination with the diesel version 1.6 DDiS 4WD All-wheel Grip, represents the top of the range Vitara. With a train of winter tires become unstoppable in the snow, thanks to 4WD driving Snow mode Allgrip. And the rapid automatic gearbox is good to counteract the stress from traffic.

Suzuki Vitara Engine

One of the strengths of the new 2018 Suzuki Vitara, shared by many models of Hamamatsu, lies in its lightness. The designers were very careful not to unnecessarily encumber the car (just 1,150 kg in petrol version diesel automatic 2WD & 4WD 1,370 in this version), obviously unstintingly on using reinforced steel for passive safety (the new 2018 Vitara 5 stars from Euro NCAP conquered). The result? Handling of first-rate, brilliant recovery and commendable handling in curves.

The 1.6 DDiS engine from 120 HP and 320 Nm is always ready, has a good shot at the bottom and a nice progression. With the help of the fast automatic double-clutch, then just push the gas pedal to regain speed at any occasion: danger in overtaking never misses an opportunity, and in sequential mode with paddle behind the wheel is fun. Only note, a bit of noise at high rpm. It sometimes happens that the change wait a bit before moving on to the next relationship: you miss a Eco mode.

Although, in fact, are never high. Indeed, impresses how easy it is to tap the 20 km/l with a SUV 4WD and automatic transmission without too much attention to driving style. Merits of the lightness of the car but also the efficiency of the engine and gearbox. The fact is that consumption is comparable to that of a subcompact.

Four driving modes of the 4WD system All Grip: Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock. In Auto mode, set by default, traction remains to the front wheels in normal driving conditions so as to make travel more efficient, but when needed (when there is no adherence) transfers torque to the rear wheels. In Sport mode, the engine has a ready answer. In the Snow-covered road conditions are optimal traction, while the Lock mode gives more help in difficult conditions by providing more torque to the rear wheels at speeds below 60 km/h.

2018 Suzuki Vitara Price

With its list price euro 29,100, 2018 Suzuki Vitara 1.6 DDiS 4WD DCT V-Top is the most expensive of the range. A fair price considering the content and the standard of fitting out V-Top, which provides for the automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, the 7-inch touch screen with GPS navigation and rear view camera, the electronic key, the heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking system (Radar Brake System) and 17-inch alloy wheels.

To tell the truth even entrance stands offer a satisfactory standard, and if enough traction 2WD and don’t want at all costs an automatic transmission you can take home the Vitara 1.6 DDiS 120 HP with a price of 22,700 euros.

Among the competitors of 2018 Suzuki Vitara there are Fiat 500 x and Jeep Renegade, both born on the same basis, available with AWD and 9-speed automatic transmission. Even the original Nissan Juke can be seen as an alternative to the Vitara, but is smaller and the passenger compartment is smaller. Also, the 4WD is only available in the petrol version from 190 HP, while the 1.5 dCi 110 HP there is only the front wheel. Smaller Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008, both available only 2WD.


To those looking for a compact yet roomy SUV with all-wheel drive and the automatic transmission. The finishes are not his forte, but recovers with a best-in-class handling and with very low consumption.

Not for off-road, as almost all compact SUV (Jeep Renegade Trailhawk segment is undoubtedly the most suitable) but the 4WD system All Grip with different driving modes enhances its capacity on slimy, so how can you enhance their road skills in Sport mode. Very good also the space in the cockpit and the luggage compartment.

Pros of New Suzuki Vitara

-Good performance, in this case, go hand in hand with very low consumption
-Dynamics and the dual-clutch gearbox make it one of the most fun compact SUV driving

New Suzuki Vitara Cons

-Interior with a touch of color, but with rigid plastics and some detail a little cheap
-At high rpm the motor up a little

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