Fleet World Fleet: Suzuki Vitara 1.0 BoosterJet SZ-T ALLGRIP
In a strange way, the latest addition to the FW Fleet reminds me a little of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV that my colleague Alex Grant is currently the happy custodian of.
Why? Well it’s not the drivetrain… our new Suzuki Vitara 1.0-litre BoosterJet, despite being sprightly and efficient (52mpg on test vs WLTP test figure of 39mpg), doesn’t have any electrified technology on-board. No, it’s in the feel of the car – a no-nonsense interior that is relatively basic and very functional – and the cutting-edge technology that has been integrated within these surroundings.
There’s little of the soft-touch plastics that SEAT’s rival Arona offering provides, for example, and the Vitara – in SZ-T ALLGRIP spec here – eschews things like keyless entry, electronic parking brake and automatic headlights. It does, however, have satellite navigation, a rear parking camera as standard and the ALLGRIP also gains a few extra safety features already standard on the range-topping SZ5: lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control and Dual Sensor Brake Support. The latter is effectively a collision warning system that has already proved its worth!
P11d/BiK: £20,799 (29%) MPG/CO2: 39.4mpg (WLTP) / 129g/km (NEDC Correlated) Test MPG: 52.3mpg