2020 Suzuki Vitara Review: Redesign, New Engine
2020 Suzuki Vitara | For thirty years Suzuki Vitara is synonymous with compact SUV in Japanese sauce. Before this segment existed, as we know it today, the Japanese began to launch fads that would have been schooling from there for about twenty years. Just in the year of the anniversary, which has just passed, the new model has arrived, the 2020 Suzuki Vitara, renewed at key points to keep up with the times, which wants to confirm the 3.65 million units sold worldwide.
The car is based on the fourth generation launched in 2015. It is, therefore, a restyling that introduces, and this is one of the big news, the 1.0 Boosterjet already in vogue on Swift and other models of the brand.
2020 Suzuki Vitara Redesign – a bit Changes
Stylistically, the 2020 Suzuki Vitara features an updated front with chrome accents in the five-slot mask; a further chromed element in the lower part of the grille gives the front a touch of elegance and, thanks to the new skid plate placed in the lower part of the bumper, also a dynamic appearance. Behind the debut are the new rear light units with a 3D design that incorporate three elegant rows of LEDs, to give the model a distinctly luminous signature.
2020 Suzuki Vitara Interior
Inside the Vitara updates the materials, using new soft-touch inserts, with the presence of silver-colored elements on the dashboard, on the doors and on the central console. Too bad for the upper plank plastic and doors that are always a bit ‘too rigid.
The central armrest, with a practical storage compartment, is now standard on the entire range. The interiors are based on a characteristic instrument panel and a U-shaped finish around the gear lever. The materials of the dashboard and doors are made of rigid plastic, but well assembled, some soft touch plastic would have made the environment more refined, but less functional, as Japanese tradition. The circular air vents and the analog clock, with Japanese ideograms on request, make the environment less serious. Definitely dated and hidden from view the square buttons on the left side of the steering wheel, as well as the inconvenient “pins” of the trip computer setting to press with the palm of the hand inside the steering wheel rim.
The infotainment system consists of a 7 “Touch-screen similar to a tablet. The device is equipped with a radio, navigator (directional) and Mirror Link that allows you to use your smartphone applications directly on the car’s screen, while the instrument panel overcomes partly the graphics a bit ‘dated, thanks to the MY DRIVE system, with 4.2-inch color LCD placed between the indicators.
The space on board is generous, considering the contained dimensions of the vehicle (4.17 max 1.77 m), and for a step contained at the levels of a point 2.5 m. In two on the back sofa you are comfortable, but also in three, for short trips, it is not impossible to live together. On the other hand, the judging position is comfortable and the steering wheel adjustments are large, which moves 36mm forward and 40 vertically, the only drawback is the slightly profiled seats that do not hold the body in the corners. The raised driving position allows you to feel immediately at ease and visibility is excellent, not penalized by the slender front uprights.
Generous the trunk, which has a capacity of 375 liters with the rear seat in a vertical position, or 1120 with the sofa completely folded.
2020 Suzuki Vitara Engine Specs: 1.4 Boosterjet with low consumption
In addition to the 1.0 three-cylinder 112-horsepower Boosterjet, for the 2020 Suzuki Vitara, the 1.4 140-liter Boosterjet we tested remains a confirmation. Both engines are approved according to the new Euro 6d-temp standard and tested according to the new and more stringent WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure) test standards.
The 1.4 BOOSTERJET Turbo is the result of a totally new design, with 140 hp, 220 Nm of maximum torque, allows performance of all respect: 200 km / h top speed and a shot capable of 0 to 100 km / h in 10, 2 seconds. In fact, the new engine is lively and ready from low revs.
The customer can choose, according to their driving preferences, between manual transmission(5 gears in conjunction with 1.0 Boosterjet, 6 gears for the 1.4) or 6-speed automatic with steering wheel controls (available for both engines). We have tried the 6 manual reports, from the relatively precise grafts, but from the long run.
Consumptions were the real surprise of the test: we managed to travel in the mixed 14.5 km/l with a 2WD petrol SUV. Weighing the car on the scale we understand the reason for this efficiency: the engine of the Vitara is to move only 1,280 kg, which is a record for the category if we think that the SUV analogous “drag” at least an additional quintal. With “only” 47 liters of the tank, however, you travel less than 650 kilometers.
Among the winding streets, the 2020 Suzuki Vitara is proven agile, but not sporty, the roll is contained, but not absent, if you force the pace controls to tend to restrain instincts runners. Very quiet the 1.4 turbo petrol, which conveys some jerks of too much: on the highway, the interior comfort is level, with some rustle at high speed. At 130 km / h the engine runs at 3 thousand rpm, a value consistent with modern manual turbo petrol. The seats are comfortable, although, in the long run, they could tire, the appearance that is less convincing is the absorption of disconnections, especially on the rear, but overall the trips are still comfortable. The steering wheel at high speed is too direct: with the slightest movement you move in the lane, you need to pay attention.
In breaking the pitch is there and it feels, but it does not create worrisome reactions: the controls are ready to intervene in case of a skid and the stopping distance is reduced for the category.
2020 Suzuki Vitara Safety Features: ADAS
The 2020 Suzuki Vitara is the first Suzuki to mount semi-autonomous driving systems based on the Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS), which supports the Radar Brake Support (RBS). The budget confirms the Suzuki philosophy: to offer as standard on the segments that are common to the most sophisticated technologies that other car makers offer to pay or make available only on niche cars.
For this reason, the Suzuki Vitara brings with it new and advanced semi-autonomous driving systems that, like silent copilots, help us to avoid accidents in an increasing number of circumstances, thus giving more peace of mind in everyday life.
The Radar Brake Support (RBS), which uses high-frequency radar waves, has been partly replaced by the system based on DSBS. The new system uses a monocular camera and a laser-based radar system in a combined manner, which adds the pedestrian recognition function to the emergency braking system and provides ample efficiency and range.
All these devices, together with the Adaptive Cruise Control, are standard for all models, even those we tested, with the only exception of the 2 versions COOL 2WD manual and automatic.
The versions with automatic transmission with Adaptive Cruise Control are also equipped with a “Stop & Go” function , which allows the Suzuki Vitara not only to automatically maintain the safe distance from the vehicle in front but also, in the event of a queue, to take the car to the complete stop and then resume the normal running independently
For the 4WD Allgrip Select versions, on-board SUV technology gives the driver the possibility to choose between four driving modes, to be selected according to the terrain to be tackled: Auto, Sport, Snow, and Lock. The control unit that manages the system adopts the ” feedforward ” predictive strategy, to distribute the driving torque between the wheels.
2020 Suzuki Vitara Prices and competitors
With the recent restyling there are three standard productions: the Cool base, the richest Top, and the Starview, or the Top with the addition of the glass roof.
As standard, on the entry level Cool, we find a very good endowment: automatic climate, 7 “touch screen, Bluetooth, MirroLink compatibility, rear camera, cruise control, heated seats, fog lights, privacy glasses, 7 airbags, central armrest with a compartment glove.
The Top and Starview versions add: LED low beam with automatic height adjustment, suede seats, light and rain sensors, keyless start, keyless entry, navigation card, front and rear parking sensors, central analog clock in the dashboard, rear view mirrors with electric folding. On Starview, in addition to the Top, the glass sunroof is standard.
The petrol engines are two 1.0 Boosterjet 112hp and 1.4 Boosterjet 140hp, both available 2WD or 4WD with the automatic option on the most powerful. Removed the only diesel from the list and for now, there are also bifuel engines.
The 2020 Suzuki Vitara can be ordered with list prices starting from $23645 for the 1.0 Boosterjet 2WD Cool MT. The model we tested 1.4 Boosterjet 2WD Top MT comes $ 27522.
The most aggressive competitors are the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Stonic, its close relative, the Renault Captur, the Citroen C3 Aircross, the Peugeot 2008, the Fiat 500X and the Jeep Renegade, the Ford Ecosport, the Mazda CX-3, the Nissan Juke, and the ‘ Opel Crossland X.