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 Post subject: Quick review: Vitara Turbo S
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:08 pm 
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A family member had being eyeing off the new Vitara since it was released last year, but a test drive of an RTX model was underwhelming. As we've come to expect from Suzuki over the last decade the let down was the underpowered engine. The lack of torque means that the motor requires a bootfull of revs, and that generates a terrible racket inside the cabin.

Encouraged by positive reviews of the recently released Turbo S, and the good EOFY deals currently being offered, a black on turquoise was picked out and the keys handed over. For anyone who might be in the market, here are my quick thoughts:

The big headline is the BoosterJet engine, which is bloody impressive. It isn't a powerhouse, but delivers torque so effortlessly and quietly that it feels much bigger than 1.4L. What's more amazing is that it runs 16PSI boost and still returns sub 7L/100km economy. Crazy.

The interior is great. Really comfy seats, well designed gauges, and a sporty steering wheel. All the controls are well laid out. The infotainment system is easy to use, and the voice recognition works nicely.

On the road it is nimble and handles corners more like a hot hatchback than an SUV. Not surprising given that the Vitara is built on the S-Cross chassis. Suspension is a bit rough, but might soften with a few more kms.

Of course it wouldn't be a Suzuki without some strange quirks. The most obvious is the patchwork paint - I love the black over colour body, but it is ruined by black wheels, silver mirrors, silver roof rails and chrome accents. Pick one colour and go with it! On the inside you get to choose the colour of your interior accents, however in the Turbo S you 're stuck with red stitching and red trim rings on the gauges, so if you choose certain colours for the accents they will clash horribly.
Although road noise is bearable, it could do with some extra insulation. The side mirrors fold in, but due to their shape you only gain about an inch on either side with them folded. There's wind noise generated by either the mirrors or front window frames, which I think is unacceptable on a $30k car. The seats lack electric controls, and there are no rear outlets for heating/cooling.

Overall these are small complaints that you forget about every time you hit the loud pedal. I am super impressed with the BoosterJet engine, and would easily recommend the Turbo S Vitara to anyone who wants a zippy small SUV. I'll be interested to test the new turbo diesel and see how that compares.

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 Post subject: Re: Quick review: Vitara Turbo S
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:16 pm 
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Pretty spot on with that review. Lack of ventilation in the back is a downer. We hated the tacky black wheels so we asked to swap them with the base model polished alloys. We love our vitara. Fuel efficient and still has some get up and go. I want to know who is supplying the diesel engine.

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 Post subject: Re: Quick review: Vitara Turbo S
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:45 pm 
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Im sorry but im not a fan. A bit dissapointed actually.

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 Post subject: Re: Quick review: Vitara Turbo S
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:10 pm 
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n0madic wrote:
Im sorry but im not a fan. A bit dissapointed actually.


No need to be sorry mate, everyone has an opinion. I'm curious though, are you disappointed because it's genuinely not good, or because it is a Vitara and not a proper 4WD?

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 Post subject: Re: Quick review: Vitara Turbo S
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I see them driving around here. Not sure if they're equipped with the boosterjet engine. I like the new vitara.

Sooo, the boosterjet engine in the new swift sport. Is it good to go?

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 Post subject: Re: Quick review: Vitara Turbo S
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instantshine wrote:
Sooo, the boosterjet engine in the new swift sport. Is it good to go?


It will happen. Also the new Baleno gets the 1L BoosterJet.


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 Post subject: Re: Quick review: Vitara Turbo S
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drumer_z wrote:
Pretty spot on with that review. Lack of ventilation in the back is a downer. We hated the tacky black wheels so we asked to swap them with the base model polished alloys. We love our vitara. Fuel efficient and still has some get up and go. I want to know who is supplying the diesel engine.

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doesnt do anything for me now, looks Korean buzzboxy

if they based it as a big brother of this model's DNA but larger flared wide body and jizz would be interested
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all that $$$$$$$$ suzuki wasted on a lame effort when they could have upscaled the latest Alto RS


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