The Suzuki Vitara, currently the company’s most popular model in the range, has been updated for the 2019 model year with new engines and modest styling tweaks.

The existing 1.6-litre petrol engine is no more, replaced instead by a choice of two Boosterjet turbocharged petrol units.

A 111ps 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit is offered in the SZ4 and SZ-T models, with the option of AllGrip four-wheel-drive on the SZ-T manual.

Its 170Nm of torque is available from 2,000 rpm through to 3,500 rpm, although six-speed automatic models see that figure reduced slightly to 160Nm but across a broader 1,800-4,000 rpm spread.

Manual two-wheel-drive models are capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 11.5 seconds and on to a 111mph top speed.

A 1.4-litre four-cylinder unit with 140ps and 220Nm of torque is available on both SZ-T and SZ5 models, with the latter in both 2WD and AllGrip 4WD guises.

The 1.4 is two seconds faster to 62mph at 9.5 seconds and boasts a 124mph top speed.

From the outside, there’s a new design for the alloy wheels, a redesigned front grille and bumper, and the rear lights are more distinctive with LED illumination.

Inside, there’s a new soft-touch material for the upper dash panel, while the instrument cluster has a new design with a colour display between the two dials.

The seats wear a new trim design while a suede fabric is offered for the range-topping SZ5 model.

All models benefit from alloy wheels, cruise control and climate control, while the SZ-T grade brings larger wheels, rear privacy glass, contrast stitching and satellite navigation.

Top-spec SZ5 models include LED headlights, suede upholstery, keyless entry, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and a panoramic glass sunroof.

Two new colours – Solar Yellow Pearl and Ice Greyish Blue – join the now 11-strong shade chart.

The new Vitara is priced from £16,999 for the entry-level SZ4, with the mid-level SZ-T priced from £18,999.

The range-topping SZ5 is priced from £22,499, although AllGrip models start at £24,299.

2019 Suzuki Vitara Prices

ModelTransmissionOTR Price
1.0 BoosterJet SZ45 Speed Manual£16,999
1.0 BoosterJet SZ-T5 Speed Manual£18,999
1.0 BoosterJet SZ-T AT6 Speed Auto£20,349
1.0 BoosterJet SZ-T ALLGRIP5 Speed Manual 4×4£20,799
1.4 Boosterjet SZ-T6 Speed Manual£19,999
1.4 BoosterJet SZ56 Speed Manual£22,499
1.4 BoosterJet SZ5 AT6 Speed Auto£23,849
1.4 BoosterJet SZ5 ALLGRIP6 Speed Manual 4×4£24,299
1.4 BoosterJet SZ5 ALLGRIP AT6 Speed Auto 4×4£25,649

Alex

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