If, like me, you’re of a certain age, you’ll probably remember being buzzed by a Suzuki Whizzkid. Despite having less than 50hp to play with, these little tykes had a habit of appearing in your rear-view mirror as if from nowhere before whirring past the instant a tiny gap appeared. As anyone who drove one knew, the secret to making progress was to maintain momentum at all costs. Clearly, someone at Suzuki has similarly fond memories, because the new Ignis feels like the Whizzkid’s spiritual successor.
When we reviewed the Suzuki Vitara last year, we felt it was somewhat lacking in the requisite ‘fun factor’ hinted at by the Vitara name. Much of the blame for that, we felt, lay with the rather leisurely range of engines, so when Suzuki announced the arrival of their new 1.4-litre turbocharged ‘Boosterjet’ unit, we wanted to take another crack at it.
Watch our video review of the new Suzuki Vitara S 1.4 Boosterjet.
Potentially answering our criticism that the current Vitara engine line-up isn't much fun is this, the new Vitara S. It uses a new 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with what Suzuki calls Boosterjet technology.
Watch our Suzuki Celerio Video Review.
Watch our Suzuki Vitara Video Review.
It could just be because I’m of a certain age, but to me, the name Vitara conjures up images of a wide-wheeled, short wheel-base, soft-top mini 4×4, normally found with an over-sized Rhino graphic plastered on the back. Perhaps it was wrong of me, then, to approach the new Vitara with the somewhat rose-tinted expectation that Suzuki had managed to tap into some of that original Vitara spirit...
Sounding for all the world like a lesser-known root vegetable or someone with a gluten intolerance, the Celerio is, in fact, Suzuki’s new global city car. The company knows a thing or two about building small cars - they've been at it longer than anyone else, after all - and the Celerio is the company’s attempt to appeal not just to emerging markets but also canny cost-conscious buyers across the globe. So does it drive like a wet salad? Read our review to find out...
Suzuki used the Geneva motor show to unveil two new concept vehicles - the iM-4 compact SUV, and the iK-2, a small hatchback.
The new Suzuki Vitara will be priced from £13,999 when it goes on sale this April, with a choice of 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engines, plus two- or four-wheel drive.
Suzuki's venerable Jimny, which has notched up 2.8 million sales across 188 markets since its introduction in 1998, has received a few tweaks for the 2015 model year.
More details of the forthcoming new Suzuki Vitara have been released, with the company confirming that the new Vitara would be powered by a choice of 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines.