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Suzuki Vitara SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

Fuel economy and other running costs are reasonable

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The entry-level SZ4 model has a reasonably competitive starting price but the mild-hybrid technology has pushed prices up by about £1,500 compared to the old non-hybrid car. Forecasts suggest the Vitara won’t keep its value particularly well, which may push up your monthly payments on PCP finance deals.

The Vitara's fuel consumption figures, though, are much better since the electrical assistance was added and the new full-hybrid powertrain is even more economical. It’s now competitive with fuel-sipping rivals, so it shouldn’t be too expensive to run.

Suzuki Vitara MPG & CO2

The mild-hybrid Vitara is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is said to return 49.7mpg in two-wheel drive models. With the new mild-hybrid tech, it returns about 6mpg more than the non-hybrid 1.4-litre engine that was previously offered. CO2 emissions of 128g/km give it an upper Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate for company-car drivers.

We wouldn’t recommend going for the four-wheel ALLGRIP drive model unless you really need it because it costs significantly more to buy, adding a premium of around £1,800 to the list price for the SX-T and SZ5 models. It also has an impact on efficiency, reducing fuel economy to around 45mpg while pushing up the CO2 emissions to 140g/km - which places it into a higher BiK banding than the front-wheel drive version.

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Suzuki also introduced a full-hybrid Vitara in 2022, combining a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a small electric motor and 0.84kWh battery. This charges while the car drives, so doesn’t require plugging in, but can only propel the car with the petrol motor switched off for short distances. It gives the Vitara a fuel-efficiency figure of up to 53mpg, with emissions from 121g/km. Upgrade to ALLGRIP four-wheel drive and efficiency drops to 48.4mpg and 132g/km, so we’d only recommend it if you live in an area with lots of slippery roads. 

As every Vitara has mild-hybrid or full-hybrid technology, they qualify for a small reduction in VED (road tax), after a CO2-weighted year-one payment that’s included in the on-the-road price.

Insurance group

The Vitara sits in group 21-22 depending on the trim level, and if you spec the ALLGRIP four-wheel drive it’s much more expensive to insure than several small SUV rivals. By comparison, several entry-level versions of the Vitara’s rivals sit in far lower groups, with the Nissan Juke starting in group 11 and the least powerful Renault Captur starting in group eight.

Warranty

As with the rest of its range, Suzuki offers a three-year/60,000-mile warranty on the Vitara. This was once considered the industry standard, but rivals like the Kia Stonic come with a longer cover period as standard.

Servicing

Suzuki says its cars should be serviced once a year or every 9,000 miles – whichever comes first. If you don’t drive many miles, this should mean the same annual trip to the dealership as most rivals, but if you drive a lot, the Vitara could prove more expensive than models with more miles between services. Suzuki offers a range of fixed-cost servicing packages across its cars, so the Vitara should also benefit from this.

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