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Suzuki Vitara SUV 1993‑2000(3 reviews)
It does exactly what it says on the tin...
MikeArsgood | 25th February '13
I found my wife a lovely 1998 Vitara automatic on ebay for a bargain price....such good value, it felt a little like theft! Low mileage, full service history and a rare model to boot, being a short wheelbase but fitted with the 2litre 24v V6. The guy we bought it from said only about 5 were ever imported here.
Anyway, to cut to what you want to know, we're delighted with this car! It looks great (people seem to look at it with fond familiarity), it gives surprisingly good MPG, pulls really well, feels safe, and you just get the feeling that whatever you asked of it, it would be in your corner. We live on a hill and have recently been caught out by the snow, but now we're almost looking forward to the next snowfall!
Speaking as we find, if all Vitaras are like our cheap little bargain then I can highly recommend one...and I get the feeling that tidy original ones are going to become collectable in time.
Best budget 4x4 on the market.
ChrisG | 4th March '11
For the money, you really cannot go wrong with the Vitara.
With the horrendous winter weather seemingly never ending,
this wee car has literally got me through everything.
Larger, twice the size (and twice the cost) 4x4 vehicles have struggled to keep traction on the same level.
The styling may look dated, but dont let this put you off.
Running cost wise, the car is fairly decent, the lightness being a major factor..
- Excellent in the snow / Off road
- comfortable to drive
- good on fuel for a 4x4
- rear folding seats allow good usable boot space
- manual diff lock can be a bit of a pain.
- standard speakers sound isn't great
- more powerful, "torquier" engines would be beneficial
All in all,
for those of you looking to conquer the winter weather, but on a budget, you'll be hard pressed to find a better alternative.
Small but practical
JTMalmesbury | 13th January '11
it would be easy to laugh at these 4x4 and often people do'- its a 'hairdressers car' however, when the weather means fording rivers and ploughing through snow, the laughing stops.
it is not the quickest, in fact it won't even pass a petrol station with out needing a stop. that said, it's not the worse giving about 30mpg
great driving position, reliable and adaptable with folding rear seats.
a little prone to rust
otherwise fun and practical
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