Juliet reviews…the new Suzuki Vitara Brezza

The wait is finally over. South Africa is finally being graced by the company of the Suzuki Vitara Brezza. It is India’s most popular compact SUV and the fastest compact SUV to have reached over 500 000 sales in that country. Many have asked why not just call it the Brezza, why add the Vitara badge to the mix, and Suzuki says that it is because the Vitara has such a strong identity and such a legacy that they want the Brezza to ride on this. The Vitara first came to South Africa in the late eighties and then the Grand Vitara arrived when Suzuki Auto finally opened it doors in South Africa in 2008. The Grand Vitara remained a popular 4X4 until it was discontinued in 2019. The Vitara, however, which launched in 2015 and updated in 2019, is still going strong. It will share the spotlight with the new Vitara Brezza.

The Brezza, as mentioned, is a compact SUV, it makes it a rather great runaround. It has a ground clearance of 198 mm, which is slightly higher than its Vitara sibling. But, as much as it shares the same wheelbase, the Brezza is slightly shorter and wider.

There are two models to choose from, the GL and GLX. But both come standard with a seven-inch touch screen infotainment system which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as reverse camera. You can also expect Buetooth, an auxiliary input and USB port. Both models also boast a multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, electric windows all-round, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, rear parking sensors, remote central locking and a rear armrest with integrated cup holders. What more could you need? Well the GLX adds cruise control, a leather clad steering wheel, and an interior light package which allows you to adjust the mood lighting with five customisable colours. It also boasts a centre armrest for the front occupants and push-button start with keyless entry, not to mention a cooled glove box, height adjustable front seatbelts, an auto-dimming rear mirror, auto-folding side mirrors, automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 12V port in the luggage area and additional tweeters for more immersive sound from the infotainment system. It is a lot!

On the safety front, like on all Suzuki models, there is no discrimination when it comes to different models and the safety feature list.A BS brakes with emergency brake-force distribution and brake-assistance, airbags for the driver and front passenger, pre-tensioners and force limiters on all seatbelts and ISOFIX-mountings for child seats are all standard.

The Vitara Brezza is powered by a 1.5-litre engine with 77 kW and 148 Nm of torque. You can opt between a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. It is fantastically priced and is sold with a class-leading 4-year/60 000 km service plan and a 5-year or 200 000 km promotional mechanical warranty.

PRICING:

Vitara Brezza GL Manual      R244 900
Vitara Brezza GL Auto           R264 900
Vitara Brezza GLX Manual    R289 900
Vitara Brezza GLX Auto         R309 900

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