The Suzuki Vitara has space for four people and lots of useful smaller storage cubbies scattered around the cabin – the boot is a decent size but alternatives’ are even bigger
The Suzuki Vitara’s boxy body means you get plenty of headroom in the front and back. Both the driver and front-seat passenger seats come with height adjustment as standard but Suzuki doesn’t offer the Vitara with any adjustable lumbar support – long journeys may take their toll on your lower back as a result.
In the rear seats your passengers get a reasonable amount of leg and headroom, even if you’re six-foot tall. The rear doors open to nearly 90 degrees and the raised seat bases make it easy to jump in the back without stooping. Just be careful not to bang your knee on the protruding door frame – it hurts.
The Suzuki Vitara is better for carrying three abreast than the tighter Peugeot 2008 and Honda HR-V, but a slight lump in the Suzuki’s floor eats into foot room. The rear seats aren’t quite as supportive as those in the Peugeot and Honda, but the large side windows and panoramic sunroof (available on SZ5 and S models) make the Suzuki Vitara’s cabin feel lighter and airier.
Fitting a child seat is a slightly mixed bag. The rear doors open nearly perpendicularly to the body, but the openings themselves are quite small. Thankfully, the seat bases are fairly high and the tall roof means you won’t have to bend down uncomfortably to fit the seat base. The Isofix anchor points are clearly marked, too, and do without the easy-to-lose plastics caps you get in some SUVs.
The Suzuki Vitara comes with absolutely huge door bins – they’re bigger than what you’ll find in either the Peugeot 2008 or Honda HR-V. The cupholder behind the central armrest can easily cope with a one-litre bottle, too, but the glovebox is rather small. Thankfully, it’s much larger than the minuscule offering you’ll find in a Peugeot 2008.
Pop your smartphone in the handy tray in the centre console and you won’t have far to thread a cable to reach the 12V plug and USB socket just ahead of the gear lever.
The Suzuki’s boxy shape might have been designed using Lego but at least it gives it a practical interior
The Suzuki Vitara’s 375-litre boot is a little smaller than the 410-litre Peugeot 2008 and significantly less spacious than the roomy 589-litre Honda HR-V. There’s no boot lip to speak of though and, once you’ve folded the rear seats down in a 60:40 split, you’ll have access to 1,160 litres of room. Although the Suzuki has less space than the Peugeot’s 1,400-litre boot or the Honda’s 1,627-litre load bay, the Vitara’s adjustable boot floor means it’s easy to slide in heavy or bulky items.
With the rear seats up and the parcel shelf in place there’s enough room to carry two large and two small suitcase. A set of golf clubs will easily slide in, as will a baby stroller and a couple of small bags, and there’s even a handy 12V socket so back-seat passengers can charge their phones, or so you can vacuum up any mess in the boot.
There’s plenty of room to store the parcel shelf under the boot floor and Suzuki Vitara comes with a handy storage tray instead of a spare wheel that’s perfect for hiding away a few valuables. Two useful cubbies either side of the boot opening, a set of tether points and handy hooks for your shopping all help stop smaller items from rolling about.