Colourful trim options help brighten up the interior should you so wish but most of the materials have a hard, shiny finish, making them feel rather low-rent. You might also have one or two issues with the driving position and some drivers will wish that the seat went lower. That said, all-round visibility is clear, and most of the controls are simple to find and use, other than the fiddly touch-screen system found on higher trim levels.
The Vitara does a decent job in terms of practicality, but it’s nowhere near as roomy or as versatile as rivals like the Renault Captur
. There’s enough head- and legroom to house four tall adults comfortably, but the narrowness of the middle seat, and the cabin as a whole, means that a fifth should only come on board in emergencies. The boot is a competitive size by class standards and there’s a false floor that gives you a hidden storage compartment and helps level out the steps at either end of the load area when you drop the rear seats. However, the backrests lie at an angle, so the extended cargo bay isn’t completely flat.
On the road the steering is a little slow to turn and feels very light at the straight-ahead position, which puts a dent in the amount of fun you’ll have, but at least it’s quick to respond once you start to turn the wheel. Likewise, although the suspension suppresses the effects of bumps and potholes well enough at urban speeds, rivals like the Captur keep you more comfortable. The same is true at motorway speeds, where things can feel both floaty and unsettled in the Vitara.