Driven - Feb 2021

Is the brand new Suzuki Brezza the best you can get?

Suzuki have just launched their new Vitara Brezza into the South African market, it slots in comfortably between its peppy Ignis and 180mm longer Vitara peers. With a storied history, the brand can confidently claim the title of compact SUV pioneers with the introduction of the original Vitara over 3 decades ago. Although very much has changed with their segment contender over that time, Suzuki guarantees that their current compact SUV offering is an equally fun and affordable option for those with an insatiable taste for adventure while appearing to be great value for money. 

Suzuki is highly confident their new arrival offers the same abilities as its competition for a much more affordable price to the consumer. Both variants of the Vitara Brezza, the GL and GLX come standard with 16” wheels, while the GLX sports more stylish looking alloys, LED headlamps with DRL and LED fog lamps. It’s lightweight volume and dimensions make it easy to park and convenient to manoeuvre for urban applications while the Indian produced model is still somewhat capable in rugged terrains and gravel roads with its comfortable ground clearance and nimble stature. 

Consumers have their choice of six-single tone colours and three-two tone colours on the exterior while the interior includes standard equipment across the range such as climate control, a rear parking sensors and a touch screen 7” infotainment display which has connectivity to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 

A 1,5-litre naturally aspirated 4 cylinder from the brand is the only option available to the car, delivering a maximum of 77kW and 138Nm exclusively to the front wheels of both the GL and GLX variants. That is right, there are no options that power all four corners of the car, which make this a front wheel drive Suzuki SUV bearing the Vitara nomenclature. This has been done to appeal to their ever changing demographic of compact SUV consumers, while still keeping it an affordable choice. Both variants are available in either a 5-speed manual or a torque converting 4 speed automatic, which Suzuki claim is the smoothest match for the seasoned K15B motor. Although the power and torque output seems meagre, the gearing combined with a kerb weight of 1 110kg ultimately affords it with thrifty fuel economy at 6.2l/100km. 

If you are now wondering what Suzuki’s best selling global offering will cost, you may be pleasantly surprised to know that this is one of the more affordable options in the segment. Starting with the 5 speed manual GL at a meagre R244 900 and ending at the 4 speed automatic GLX AT further up the spectrum at R309 900, this is certainly good value for money considering what equipment is included. A 4 year/60 000km service plan and 5 year/200000km warranty come as standard too. 

If this price is still out of your budget for a compact SUV, Suzuki is running a competition where entrants stand a chance to win a Vitara Brezza for an entire year, more details for entry are available at Suzukiauto.co.za. 

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