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Why Lease The Vitara?

Suzuki Vitara Review 2021

If you're looking for an affordable, practical SUV that's great to drive, the Suzuki Vitara might be the car for you. 

With its bold, unique styling and spacious interior, the Vitara is a popular choice with growing families, rivalling the Fiat 500X, Ford Puma, Renault Captur, Honda HR-V and the Volkswagen T-Cross in the competitive family car market. 

Our Suzuki Vitara review covers:

Suzuki Vitara Key Features

  • Off-road exterior style with sporty chrome front grille
  • Spacious interior with easy-to-use infotainment system
  • 375-litre boot, which expands to 710 litres with rear seats down
  • 1.4 Boosterjet Petrol Hybrid engine with 129hp
  • Five models available, including SZ4, SZ-T, SZ-T ALLGRIP, SZ5, SZ5 ALLGRIP

Design and Practicality

The Suzuki Vitara boasts a rugged off-road look compared to other compact SUVs like the Renault Captur and Fiat 500X. However, its clamshell bonnet and front wing vents look rather sporty, with chrome elements and angular LED headlights completing the Vitara's unique stance.


Inside the Vitara, it's easy for drivers and passengers to get comfortable, thanks to seat and steering wheel adjustments. The Vitara’s high-sided design offers lots of rear head and legroom, even for tall passengers, with more space in the back than in the Honda HR-V and Peugeot 2008. Its box-like body and large glass areas also make for good visibility when manoeuvring. 

At the rear, the Vitara’s boot can hold up to 375 litres of luggage with the rear seats in place and 710 litres with back seats down. Yet, while this is big for a small SUV, those after more space may be best with the larger Ford Puma or Skoda Kamiq

Interior and Trims

Unfortunately, the Vitara’s interior feels a little dull, with numerous hard plastics and brittle materials impacting overall cabin quality. It's no match to the Honda HR-V or Volkswagen T-Cross, but Suzuki’s infotainment system is simple and easy to use. 

Five trim levels are available, including SZ4, SZ-T, SZ-T ALLGRIP, SZ5, SZ5 ALLGRIP.

The entry-level SZ4 comes with DAB digital radio, cruise control, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and 16-inch alloy wheels as standard. SZ-T versions feature an easy-to-use infotainment system, sat-nav, a reversing camera and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The SZ-T ALLGRIP models boast the same tech and alloys as the regular SZ-T model but with the addition of automatic air-conditioning and LED headlights. ALLGRIP models also offer all-wheel drive for more traction in slippery conditions.

SZ5 models come with partial leather and suede trim, a panoramic sunroof, upgraded stereo, tinted rear windows and front and rear parking sensors.

The top-of-the-range SZ5 ALLGRIP variant has similar features to the SZ5 but adds Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility, LED headlights, heated leather seats and adaptive cruise control.

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, a 129hp 1.4 Boosterjet petrol hybrid engine is on offer, which cuts emissions of greenhouse gasses by an impressive 20%. The hybrid comes in manual and automatic variants, with the SZ-T ALLGRIP and SZ5 ALLGRIP models offering four-wheel-drive over standard front-wheel drive.


Out on the road, the Vitara’s elevated driving position and light steering make for an impressive driving experience, and the car is well-suited to driving around town. The Vitara is also quite nippy for a small SUV, beating its rivals such as the Volkswagen T-Cross and Ford Puma off the mark for acceleration.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Suzuki Vitara start from £23,040.13 OTR* or to lease from £219.61 per month.

Want to know more about leasing the Suzuki Vitara? As one of the UK's largest providers of car leasing, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has a great range of lease deals, including the full manufacturer's warranty (from date of registration), road tax, breakdown cover and free mainland GB delivery (exclusions apply). 

What's more, with fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and flexible mileage and contract terms, leasing a new Suzuki Vitara could be cheaper than buying outright with a bank loan or dealer finance.

*'On the road' price is correct at time of publication and typically includes one year’s road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Always check with the manufacturer.

Customer Reviews

Suzuki Vitara
Average Rating Based on 19 reviews
3.6 out of 5

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3.4 out of 5
David Suzuki Vitara 1.4 Boosterjet 48V Hybrid SZ-T

It’s road handling in the wet is not good. It has no reversing sensors and it has an annoying rattle on the dashboard.

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2.9 out of 5
Susan Suzuki Vitara 1.4 Boosterjet 48V Hybrid SZ4

Nice to drive but -: very small inside struggle to get 3 adults in the back seat, even 3 teenagers. 2 childrens car seats take up all the back seat as well so can't fit another adult or another small child in the middle. If 2 people sit in the back the sensor bleeps as if there is someone sitting in the middle with out a seat belt, we'll annoying. I'd say it's more of a 4 seat person car than 5. I have to slam the boot to make it shut constantly.

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4.9 out of 5
Karen Suzuki Vitara 1.4 Boosterjet SZ-T

A comfortable economical car which is both reliable and stylish. Comfortable on both long and short journeys. Extremely pleased with this car

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4.3 out of 5
Louise Suzuki Vitara 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T

Very smooth lease. Good value and car runs well.

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3.9 out of 5
Danielle Suzuki Vitara 1.0 Boosterjet SZ4

Cost a month I would say is a little over in comparison to my previous lease, which was a Renault Captur. I know I didn't have Sat Nav in this car, however for the price a month, I would have thought Sat Nav could be included. As a daily motorway driver it does use a lot of petrol. But overall, its a nice car. Thanks!

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3.7 out of 5
Daniel Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T

Would prefer automatic next time

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1.9 out of 5
Andrew Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T

It's awful. I can't wait to give it back. Its been back in the garage 4 times and there are still faults. Under powered and the maps are awful. They are 2 years out of date

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5.0 out of 5
Gareth Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T Auto

good all round car very happy and easy to drive.

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1.3 out of 5
Andrew Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T

Possibly the worst car I've ever driven, labelled as an SUV, when it is actually more like a mini inside. Suspension is terrible, handling is terrible. No power in the engine. One of the worst decisions I've made. You stitched me up as well by essentially tricking me into keeping the car beyond the cooling off period. Awful service, will never use you again.

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4.0 out of 5
Andrew Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T

Great car, lovely to drive, but lacks a few refinements.

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5.0 out of 5
Scott Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T

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1.7 out of 5
Angela Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T ALLGRIP

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2.7 out of 5
Tim Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T

It is a decent vehicle for the price. Would be looking to upgrade to something that is finished a little better. Drives well but underpowered

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3.9 out of 5
Stephanie Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T (Urban Pack)

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4.1 out of 5
Victoria Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T

Love the car in every way apart from the engine may be a little on the weak side as it sometimes struggles to pull its own weight uphill!! Not a major issue for me but may be for others who do more driving.

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