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New Suzuki Vitara S 1.4 Boosterjet turbo test drive...getting hooked

Chrissie Woodward makes the ‘mistake’ of test driving the Vitara S with Boosterjet 1.4 turbo petrol engine and 6 speed auto box
As a flagship model, the car comes with all the goodies, such as DAB radio, sat-nav, reversing camera, leather upholstery, as well as 17-inch black alloy wheels and silver door mirrors.

"All the goodies"

I have to admit that I’m in a bit of a quandary right now. As our regular readers will know I bought a new Suzuki Vitara S 1.6 petrol just before Christmas and I love it. Now I’ve made the ‘mistake’ of test driving the Vitara S with Boosterjet 1.4 turbo petrol engine and 6 speed auto box. I have to say I got well and truly hooked.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love my own Vitara, but the pull from the new 1.4 Boosterjet engine introduced just after I purchased my car is phenomenal for a vehicle in this class.

Performance, economy, and practicality as well as minimal running costs.

 

The only feature the test car didn’t have is a sunroof. But that is a small price to pay for the new engine. Side by side the two cars are, of course, similar; but it’s the performance of the 1.4 turbo charged Allgrip 6 speed auto that makes all the difference.

With its ultra-sporty looks, this baby achieves better acceleration than mine, with stronger power and torque, yet is equally as quiet at cruising speeds and it beats mine on CO2 emissions.

The control and handling of the new Allgrip is a step-up from mine. My Vitara is also the 2 wheel drive version, and that suits me just fine as the nearest I go to off-roading is the odd summer festival field carpark. This 4x4, however, sticks to the road like glue with virtually no roll, even round the tightest corners. I also had a play in sport mode which really helps this fiery red beauty fly.

As a flagship model, the car comes with all the goodies, such as DAB radio, sat-nav, reversing camera, leather upholstery, as well as 17-inch black alloy wheels and silver door mirrors.

As I said, my new Suzuki is great but the car with the new engine makes enough of a difference to justify me ‘changing up’ to the new model maybe within a year’s time. Either way I’m locked into this brand for a while.

So what’s the USP? Well, I traded ‘down’ from a big expensive Jaguar XK and maybe it’s realising I can have performance, economy, and practicality as well as minimal running costs.

I’m loving being in the Suzuki club, and I’m happy to share the excitement of my brief but great drive of this latest model with you.

- Chrissie Woodward

 

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