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Detailed review of 2022 Suzuki Vitara, advantages, disadvantages and prices

Suzuki announced the return of the Vitara, after a short hiatus for this SUV. The Escado name is limited to the Japanese market, while the European market bears the name 2022 Suzuki Vitara, and the two cars benefit from the all-new hybrid powertrain, and have been partially redesigned to be able to face the competition.

2022 Suzuki Vitara
2022 Suzuki Vitara

The Vitara has been on the world’s roads since 1988, and it was one of the first cars to take the form of a crossover.

The current fourth generation 2022 Suzuki Vitara (3rd generation Escudo) has been around since 2014, and it has received several updates. Including the improvement of the face in 2018, and the engines were replaced by modern ones with a turbocharger, and in 2020, the 48-volt moderate hybrid technology was added to it, and finally, the 140-volt full hybrid technology was added to it in 2022.

Suzuki Vitara 2022 & Off-Road

To ensure that the 2022 Suzuki Vitara is more competitive than the previous 2015 version, it has taken the influence to make it into the soft-road vehicle list, along with the 2022 Suzuki Vitara Off-Road features,

The Vitara is built on the Suzuki off-road platform. Front-wheel drive is standard, and there’s an option for all-wheel drive, and you can choose from four driving modes, including Snow, Sport, Auto and Lock modes, depending on the terrain you’re crossing, whether on or off-road.

The Suzuki Vitara’s all-wheel drive system – which bears the “AllGrip” badge – is heavier than the two-wheel drive system, and as a result, the speed is reduced. But it does add more grip in slippery conditions as well as the ability to tackle muddy country roads if you need to. But don’t treat it like a Jimny or an off-road Jeep Renegade.

Design of the Suzuki Vitara 2022

Things are sporty up front, a few chrome trims add a bit of liveliness to the Suzuki’s headlights, and a pair of inverted fog lamps make it look cheerful. Goes on the old Vitara design streak,

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The design of the 2022 Suzuki Vitara gave the Suzuki imprint, such as the bold 5-element grille, and the powerful front bumper with elegant chrome accents to give a stylish and modern look to the 2022 Suzuki Vitara. As for the exterior design, as we expected, the overall body design did not come with anything new.

Engine Options in the 2022 Suzuki Vitara

The Suzuki Vitara was launched in 2015 with a selection of petrol and diesel engines, all of them have been dropped, and you can only get a 1.4 engine with a turbo and a 48v plug-in hybrid system. The power of the new engine was reduced to 127 horsepower.

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The 2022 Suzuki Vitara now houses a 1.4-liter petrol engine that produces 127 horsepower, uses mild hybrid technology and, in fact, you won’t even notice the extra assist, which doesn’t mean it’s slow. Or get into a country road.

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If you’re after maximum efficiency, a conventional Hybrid Vitara can run for short periods at low speed on electricity alone. With 113 horsepower produced by the electric motor, yes the engine isn’t quite as powerful as the Toyota Yaris Cross, but it does accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 9.5 seconds, and the 2022 Suzuki Vitara is slightly faster than its competitors.

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Driving and performance impressions of the 2022 Suzuki Vitara

The 2022 Suzuki Vitara has what makes it a well-driving car, often defying the standards of its class, not to mention its price tag. It is a car that belongs to the light weight cars, it weighs no more than 1200 kg, and it performs its tasks with simplicity that makes it likable.

The 2022 Suzuki Vitara definitely suffers from a lack of development compared to some competitors; Its driving is a bit harsh. The rear suspension is also stiff. Other than that, the drive felt more fun than I expected, a feeling that is mirrored by the 1.4-liter petrol engine and manual gearbox. Yes, it may not be the most accurate gearbox ever, but it fits a Vitara.

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The new light hybrid system is well integrated as well. Primarily facilitating city start/stop procedures, it provides a torque boost before the turbo starts at 2,000 rpm. Suzuki claims 49.7 mpg in the WLTP test.

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Just an important note, when you select 4WD, the acceleration time from 0 to 62 mph increases from 9.5 to 10.2 seconds, it will also reduce fuel efficiency to 45.4 mpg and increase emissions to 140 g/km. Away from the official numbers, our test car showed 43 mpg, and our test car had all-wheel drive, which is an average of a combination of city and highway miles.

The automatic manual gearbox on the Vitara Hybrid doesn’t have the vibrations that these types of gearboxes are famous for, but it does provide very slow gear changes when accelerating hard, and you feel the gear shift in it, which means there is very little hesitation in shifting gears, but you can change gears yourself Using the paddles on the steering wheel, but that goes against the purpose of having an automatic transmission, of course.

Suspension and Driving Comfort for Suzuki Vitara 2022

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You’ll find that riding in the Vitara is consistent; While large bumps or potholes send a faint rumble inland. However, if ride comfort is your top priority, there are better small SUVs out there and we suggest taking a look at the Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Roc.

The handling and stability of the Suzuki Vitara 2022

Take a twisty road and take the Vitara into the corners. It’s stable and well enough, but the steering let you down a bit, it’s too light and doesn’t feel connected to the front wheels. It’s better suited for city driving, helping you maneuver in parking spaces and around narrow lanes with ease.

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The hybrid version of the 2022 Suzuki Vitara is only 40kg heavier than the light hybrid, and the extra weight doesn’t make much difference to how the car handles. Even with AllGrip all-wheel drive, but my opinion is that no version of the Suzuki Vitara is as fun to drive as the Puma or the T-Cross.

Noise and vibration for Suzuki Vitara 2022

The 1.4-liter Vitara’s engine is smooth enough even when it’s working hard, but it sounds noisy during moderate acceleration (it’s definitely noisier than the Seat Arona and T-Cross). All Suzuki Vitara models suffer from wind interference and road noise as well, especially at high speeds.

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In the hybrid segment of the Suzuki Vitara there is a built-in 48-volt starter generator, which provides a powerful boost of electrical energy. It restarts after the Suzuki Vitara stops at traffic lights, and restarts quietly with very little vibration.

Interior Design For Suzuki Vitara 2022

The steering wheel and gear stick in the Suzuki Vitara’s cabin may not look particularly inspiring or sophisticated, but they all work with precision.

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Personally, we love the cute dashboard, the air-conditioning knobs and the mechanical handbrake, and I like the CD player. But I found the Suzuki’s 7-inch infotainment screen to be slow and run with some pretty old graphics, too.

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There’s plenty of cheap, rough plastic, but the Suzuki Vitara’s cab is impressively functional. The cabin is larger than a Nissan Juke, the 375-liter luggage compartment is useful, and the panoramic sunroof on the higher-spec versions will keep the little ones in the back happy. But the tilted roof affects the headroom for adults.

Driving position and dashboard for Suzuki Vitara 2022

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It is easy to find a suitable driving position in the Suzuki Vitara because the driver’s seat and steering wheel can be moved up and down as well as forward and backward. The seat is also quite comfortable, offering more lateral support to fit the body when cornering, but there is no adjustable lumbar support and no electric seat adjustment.

Vision and sensors for the Suzuki Vitara 2022

It’s easy to see out of the Vitara, thanks to the high driving position and slim front window pillars that do little to interrupt visibility at roundabouts and junctions. I also found that the rear pillars are thin, and the rear windshield reveals where the blind spot would normally be.

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You also get a rearview camera as standard equipment, which helps make parking simple. And to make parking even easier, choose the SZ5 trim and you will also get front and rear parking sensors.

Navigation, information and entertainment systems for the Suzuki Vitara 2022

In addition, all 2022 Suzuki Vitara models get a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, USB port, and smartphone connectivity, allowing you to link your smartphone to the screen using Apple Play and Android Auto. The SZ5 features a satellite navigation system. built-in.

Suzuki Vitara 2022 Reliability

Suzuki as a brand takes an impressive third place in reliability research, ahead of Volkswagen in 20th or Ford in 27th.

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The Suzuki Vitara itself has also done reasonably well in the small SUV segment in our surveys.

Maintenance costs and warranty for Suzuki Vitara 2022

As with many of its competitors, the Vitara comes with a three-year or 60,000-mile standard warranty, while the chassis has a 12-year warranty and this reduces any rust concerns.

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Operating expenses and prices for the 2022 Suzuki Vitara

The 2022 Suzuki Vitara starts at the same price as our favorite Ford Puma, and slightly more than the Volkswagen T-Cross, perhaps justifying that all base 2022 Suzuki Vitaras offer plenty of equipment, especially in terms of safety.

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The Suzuki Vitara is a relatively inexpensive car to run, and the lightweight hybrid engine delivers fuel economy with an official average figure of 49.7 mpg. It outperforms its competitors in operating costs. As for the effect of the four-wheel drive system, it does not lead to a significant reduction in fuel economy.

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Safety and security tests for the Suzuki Vitara 2022

The 2022 Suzuki Vitara was awarded five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests in 2015, but we didn’t get new testing data for the 2022 Suzuki Vitara, so it’s hard to compare it to more recent competitors who have proven themselves in tests under the latest and most stringent testing regime.

Safety and Security Features of the Suzuki Vitari 2022

The Suzuki Vitara gets plenty of safety technology as standard, including Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) – a safety system we consider vital. All models get Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Security experts at Thatcham Research gave the 2022 Suzuki Vitara four stars out of five for its theft resistance but only three stars for its intrusion resistance.

Suzuki Vitara 2022 features

  • The cheaper versions are excellent value for money
  • Mild Hybrid Engine Provides Decent Performance
  • The car comes with a spacious and practical interior

Disadvantages of Suzuki Vitara 2022

  • Interior quality is lower than competitors
  • Resale values ​​are not great
  • The panoramic roof seriously limits headroom, especially in the rear seats

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