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Car had developed some problems, but seem to improve on first service.
I currently own a 2021 Vitara Turbo Allgrip, I have owned it for 9 months and has done 11000km on the odometer. Since hitting 2000km on the odometer it has developed a vibration throughout the floorboard and steering wheel. The engine feels like it came from a 20 year old car, the gearbox has a delay when changing gears.
I took it to 2 Suzuki dealers and they both gave me 2 different excuses. One dealer told me there was nothing wrong and there is no vibration at all, then proceeded to do a wheel balance. The dealer then charged me a $195 diag...nosis drive fee, which should of been covered under warranty and the dealer refused to refund the fee. The same dealer then told me to take it back to the original place of purchase as it could be a 'buy back situation' after the vibrations got worse. I took it back to the original dealer and I was told by the original dealer 'it was just engine feedback'. They then proceeded to reset the gearbox so it can 're-learn', It has been an on-going back and forth with the dealers and Suzuki Australia. It has been 6 months since the problem arised, I had to take numerous days off work to drop the car off at the dealers, and pick it up again. UPDATE 16.05.22 I took the car to a 3rd dealer for the car's first service, the service department said they could not recreate the problems. Although they did state the car has a CVT gearbox, which is not mentioned anywhere on any brochure or media.
Purchased in July 2021 for $43,000.
Perfect compact SUV
Truly underrated car, the quality is excellent, drive and handling is perfect much better than the CVT engine. The 1.6l Hungary made engine is smooth as butter,
Best value for money in the segment. Design could have been Better but Vitara being a legacy brand it's understandable.
Purchased in January 2022 for $29,500.
Bought new in 2018 from Peter Davey Suzuki
Ray the salesman was very helpful and easy to deal with
Dealer services fixed price and always have had great service from dealer
Battery overcharging issue after 2 years and dealer advised and replaced battery no hassles
car performs well and is very reliable and great value for money
have just replaced the original tyres with Michelin Primacy 4 and they are much quieter than the original Continental tyres about the same replacement cost also
Apple car play works well and waze is great on the screen w...
Purchased in September 2018.
I have had this car for 6 months and I love it! It runs so well and is such a nice car to drive but I do have some cons: it doesn’t have the option to automatically lock the doors when you start driving. The radio screen has restarted itself a few times and it doesn’t have a lot of power when taking off all minor issues though.
Overall I would definitely recommend this car to small families.
Purchased in January 2021.
Perfect car for all adventures!
Reliable car - never had any problems with it since the day I bought it brand née 5 years ago.
Car is used daily and for the entire family including the dogs.
Car is serviced regularly every 3-6months as required. Had to change tyres once in its time and only ever had to replace battery once as well.
Only down side is the boot isn’t the biggest. So I do struggling to put two dogs there, with the kids in the car too. Usually the dogs can’t come when the kids are too. :(
Purchased in January 2016 at Suzuki Dealers for $30,000.
Love my Vitara - even better than I imagined!
I was eyeing off the Suzuki Vitara Turbo for a few years but was put off by the gaudy red interior details on the Turbo models, which thankfully, Suzuki removed in the 2019/20 versions of the Turbo model. It looks a whole lot better inside now - the leather seats and soft touch plastics are miles above the older versions.
So I bought a Dealer Demo to save some $$ and am extremely happy with my purchase. Let me tell you why..
I adore how zippy this car is. It really has some go in it, which is reassuring for merging and getting out of tight ...spots quickly. It's actually hard to believe it's an SUV, it handles just as well as my Mazda 3 SP25. The Vitara provides a smooth ride and has all the safety features you'd expect from a new car, but not over the top with bells and whistles - I find the alerts are not annoying, more like polite nudges. I love the blind spot monitoring lights on the side mirrors for easy merging and lane changes. It's comfortable, classy inside AND - a totaly unexpected bonus, very fuel efficient. I sometimes have to do a double take at the fuel gauge to make sure it's right. I haven't used the adaptive cruise control much as I just can't get used to it but it's a very cool feature nonetheless. It's true that the entertainment system does look dated, but if you plug your phone in, it doesn't matter as you won't see the interface. It can be slow to respond as well. The satnav is pretty poor but who uses in-car sat nav these days anyway? The stereo is great, very nice sound turned up on the highway for some fun cruising. In my opinion, this is the perfect (small) family car for long drives AND for zipping around the city. It feels safe, modern and fun to drive. And it looks classy as a Landrover without the insane price tag. If you buy new you'll get free roadside assist and 5 year capped servicing. This is not an ad - I just love my car and even though I bought with a bit of hesitancy, after driving it for six months, I have zero regrets. I wanted to share my opinion for anyone considering investing in this awesome car.
Purchased in February 2021 at Suzuki Dealers for $28,000.
Best car we’ve owned
We have the 2018 turbo model and we’re not at 50,000km and haven’t spent a cent on it other than serving and tyres. It’s light, well equiped and punchy with the turbo. We tow a trailer with it and you can’t even tell it’s there even on hills. Love this car, we will drive it till it dies and then buy another one.
Purchased in November 2018 for $27,000.
The perfect combo of looks, performance and price
Was looking for a small SUV that didn't look or feel like a small SUV. After watching hours and hours of video reviews I landed my heart on the Vitara with its modest price, off-roading heritage and rugged good looks. Many call it a mini Range Rover and they're not wrong because the shape and external styling is very similar. It just so happened that the following week I saw an S Turbo in just the right colour (the safari with a black roof) and it was love at first sight. Forget what they say about cheap interior because once you are inside and...up close, it is the last thing you will notice. One thing that is a common thread amongst reviews is that it is fun to drive and boy does this car put a smile on your face everytime you hop on the driver's seat. With its miniature weight and powerful turbo engine it handles like a hot hatch. What not a lot of reviewers talk about is that the Vitara is actually classified as a semi-automatic which means you can put it into manual mode and use the paddle shifters to change gears. This is where the performance of the Turbo engine really shines. A funny thing that happened was I actually thought the car stalled because the engine was so quiet when I came to a stop! The USB port though was a little glitchy but it might be due to the constant pulling and tugging causing the connection to come loose, but that's an easy fix. Overall extreme pleased with my purchase.
Ticks all the boxes
AFTER 5 months we could not be more pleased with this car. Extremely comfortable and overall excellent performance. Top fuel economy and very well designed which makes parking easy.
We investigated numerous types of SUVs and Vitara Turbo came up as the best. Looks, comfort and reliability. What made it even better was the knowledge of the salesman at Col Crawford Brookvale, Klaye. He wasn’t usual pushy car salesman but was there to answer our questions and more. Nothing was a trouble for him and this makes all the difference when spending ...a lot of money on a new vehicle. When we picked the vehicle up he went to great lengths to explain clearly all aspects of the vehicle and made it clear that he was there if we needed more assistance after we collected it.
Purchased in February 2021 at Crawford Productions for $31.
Great small tow vehicle.
Bought as main car for city driving, towing small boat (350kg) and odd long hauls.
Lightly loaded on open road it has plenty of power for overtaking, a bit to much sometimes. With boat in tow and weeks dive gear for two it is effortless towing on open road, rarely goes above 3000rpm even on big hills. Still plenty of power for sensible overtaking with boat in tow. Active cruise control makes for relaxed driving.
Sports modes is ideal for windy hilly roads, holds gears between corners and tends to stay in power band. Far better handling on tigh...
Purchased in January 2021.
Great car but known Android Auto fault not made public
I use my vitara daily and it is a great, compact car that is easy to drive, park and manoeuvre in heavy traffic and out in the country. Being a music freak, the main selling point was the Android Auto/ Apple iPhone functionality but when I purchased the car there was no mention of the known fault that prevents some iPhones and Androids from connecting/ working. I have escalated this through the dealership to Suzuki QLD and have been advised by them that this is a know issue and I just have to wait until their tech people come up with an update to fix the problem. Would have thought Suzuki would have some duty of care to disclose this but other than this issue I love my vitara and hope that they have this fault fixed ASAP.
Purchased in July 2019.
Amazing car, with a serve of faults
This car is my everyday driver.
I use it for work (aged care community care worker) and personal.
I get this car serviced whenever its required and is always checked regularly up kept, and my machanic is not mentioned any issues in the car, as yet.
Purchased in August 2018 at Tweed Heads Sharp Motor Group for $24,000.
Love this car
I drive my suzi in a variety of places daily; up and down a lot of hills, on open roads, on freeways and in the city and im in awe of how it handles it all comfortably and effortlessly. The turbo is punchy, responsive and immediate and she handles corners and inclines like a sports car, i love the feeling of space in the cabin, not lots of moulded plastic taking up airspace. The height of the car is perfect, easy to get in and out of and the seats are very comfy, even on long drives.The phone speaker is great quality and people are often surpr...ised when i tell them I'm in the car as there is very little vibration and back noise, ive had it now for 1 1/2 years and as silly as it sounds still get excited when i see the bright dual colour in the carpark , jump into the driver seat and zoom off
Purchased in April 2019 at Suzuki Dealers for $25,000.
Great small car
The Suzuli Turbo is our city commuter and gets used for some quick trips interstate. The motor is a gem - always punchy and very economical but needs 95 octane. Overtaking is easy - put your foot down and it flies. The 6 speed auto and paddles are good. Limited storage space but space enough to replace the spacesaver with a full size spare. No issues in 2 years.
Purchased in January 2018 at Suzuki in the City for $28,990.
Nice car but Suzuki can do better
I am satisfied with overall performance but it makes a weird noise when I release the brakes after putting it into D, got it checked with dealer but he says everything is fine, also I don't like the fact that Car's service was done at ford service centre (apparently Suzuki has given the service contract to ford or something).
Overall I like the car and features and car is a keeper but still I think Suzuki could do better.
Purchased in May 2019 at Suzuki Dealers.
Questions & Answers
Can Suzuki Vitara LY S Turbo 4WD handle beach driving or is it better to just stick with a Suzuki Grand Vitara? Won't be doing hectic rock hoping or anything but want something that can handle being taken off road. Want to make sure I invest in the right Suzuki.
Hey, I am wanting to know the exact same thing. Just wondering how you got on?
Hi, just purchased 2021 vitara it is so noisy sounds like exhaust in the car even when windows are up can someone please help. Is it normal would like to know before I go back to car dealer. Thankx
Could be the Continental tyres. They are very noisy. I replaced them with Michelin Primacy 4 and they are very good
Purchased vitara 2020 and showing over 15lts per 100 km on dash,have only done small trips of up to 70kms,is this normal?
No, it is way above normal. Get it back to your dealer , when he says give it time to settle ask for specific time required as with other vitaras he has sold. If he cant , hes lying. Fair trading will...help and dont hesitate to uae them. Dealers hate it because their lies are accountable.
I know and I'm sure you know, there are 3 reset modes you can choose from in the menu. I've found it sometimes takes a while for things to normalise and a manual reset is sometimes needed especially a...fter refuelling. I have also found the value can sometimes remain static for many kilometres when it is meant to be a live report (constantly updating). Once again a manual reset using the right hand side button (stick) can help this. 15 L/100 km is very high, I'm constantly achieving around 5.5. I once got 4.9 and mine has the 6 speed automatic.
My vitara still shows mph,which was confusing at first.did a big trip recently and now shows 17.50 kilometres per ltr.of fuel overall,which I am happy with now.Mine also 6 speed auto. Philip V.
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|Category||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6 L/100km||5.8 L/100km||5.9 L/100km||6.2 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||47 L||47 L||47 L||47 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.6L||4 Cylinder 1.6L||4 Cylinder 1.4L||4 cylinder 1.4L|
|Max Power||86kW @ 6000rpm||86kW @ 6000rpm||103kW @ 5500rpm||103kW @ 5500rpm|
|Max Torque||156Nm @ 4400rpm||156Nm @ 4400rpm||220Nm @ 1500-4000rpm||220Nm @ 1500-4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Hungary||Hungary||Hungary||Hungary|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,200 kg||1,200 kg||1,200 kg||1,200 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||400 kg||400 kg||400 kg||400 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||185 mm||185 mm||185 mm||185 mm|
|Release date||Jan 2019||Jan 2019||Jan 2019||Jan 2019|
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