Squint - hard - and you might mistake the new Vitara for a Range Rover Evoque. That's because Suzuki's crossover has morphed from a cheap and cheerful off-roader into a primped, well-equipped vehicle that's top of its class. This has a lot to do with the low starting price.
Pick the mid-range petrol model and you'll have sat-nav, reverse parking camera and DAB digital radio for a pound under £16,000 - half the cost of the Evoque. It's comfortable - if not exciting - to the driver and there's plenty of space in the sturdily built cabin. Just accept that this is where the compromise with price is made. If you want off-road ability to match the rugged looks, four-wheel drive will take the Vitara's price to more than £20,000, but it's a proper system with a choice of modes to match the terrain - just like the Evoque.
'Article taken from the Sunday Times'