As the Vitara approaches its second birthday on sale in the UK, weíve managed to get behind the wheel of Suzukiís own homegrown twin-clutch automatic edition that joined the model range last year. Powered by the familiar 1.6-litre engine and paired to Allgrip four-wheel-drive, it costs an additional £1,350 versus the manual gearbox. For those that arenít familiar with the transmission, this six-speed automated manual gearbox incorporates two hydraulically controlled clutches that function in a similar way to a traditional torque-converter equipped automatic gearbox. The system reserves one clutch for operating first, third and fifth gears, while another operates second, fourth and sixth. The result is a slick operation that ensures that the next gear is always available, whether accelerating or slowing down. As a result of the weightier transmission, there is a penalty at the fuel pumps of 4.5mpg, while CO2 emissions are elevated by 7g/km, however, thatís a small price to pay for the added convenience the gearbox brings.
You can read the full report on this Suzuki Vitara in the February 2017 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue
Eager performance. Smooth gear changes. Attractive and easy to use infotainment system. Big door mirrors aid visibility. Plenty of legroom.
Stop-start system is too eager to switch off. Rattly engine. Doors need a good slam to close. Hard cabin plastics.