THE NEW SUZUKI VITARA OFFERS GREAT VALUE, LOADS OF KIT ALONG WITH A DECENT DRIVE

The new Suzuki Vitara is finally here, also it is expecting to  leave behind memories of the dated previous car with Range Rover Evoque inspired styling and a whole lot more sophisticated equipment. It's not quite up with the category best, although there's also more dynamic skill on offer.

The new Vitara shares its stage with the SX4 S-Cross, the other mid sized crossover in the range of Suzuki. Because of angular styling that is more robust and a raised ride height, the Vitara is the more overtly offroad looking version, but a boot that is smaller and also a 100mm shorter wheelbase mean it's more of a Nissan Juke opponent, while the S Cross takes on the Nissan Qashqai.

Suzuki has a very long history of constructing hard wearing, affordable small 4x4s, so it's no surprise the Vitara is offered in both front and four-wheel drive arrangements. There is a pick of a 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel engines, both of which feel sportier than you'd anticipate, as well as manual and automatic gearboxes.

A wide option of a contrasting roof, exterior paint plus an assortment of interior trim colours add a high level of personalisation, while safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, an automobile braking function and seven airbags as standard.

Our pick: Suzuki Vitara 1.6 VVT petrol ALLGRIP