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The all new, fourth generation Suzuki Vitara goes toe to toe against Subaru's facelifted XV in an all-wheel drive Japanese shootout.

18 Mar 2016

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Ever since its debut in 1988, the 'do-it-all and do-it-well' Suzuki Vitara has earned global recognition for its off-road capabilities while also doubling as a practical family mover.

In Singapore, the Vitara's popularity is proof that the Japanese automaker isn't just great at making sporty compact hatchbacks. And with the unveiling of the new fourth generation Vitara at this year's Singapore Motorshow, Suzuki has shown the world that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

This month, we pit the Suzuki Vitara 1.6 Panoramic Roof 4WD Premium against the pleasingly spruced up and equitably competent Subaru XV 1.6i-S to find out how these modern Japanese soft-roaders fare against each other.

The new Vitara bears a fresh yet distinctive Suzuki style



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At 4,450mm x 1,780mm x 1,615mm (L x W x H), the XV is the bulkier car, outsizing the 4,175mm x 1,775mm x 1,610mm (L x W x H) Vitara. But that doesn't mean that the Subaru rolls along like a hulking mass on four wheels.

Thanks to its sloping roofline and sleek sheet metal contours, the XV manages to hide its size without forsaking road presence.
This sporty-looking outfit is also supplemented with a pair of elongated headlamps, C-shaped lights and stylish rear combination lamps.

On the other end of the chess board, the Vitara's boxy mould may not be as racy but with a unique front clamshell bonnet, flared fenders with garnishes and thick C-pillars, fans of the Vitara will be happy to know that Suzuki hasn't completely rewritten the car's design language.

The Hamamatsu-based company has instead, done a great job of maintaining the Vitara's muscular stance while modernising its distinctive silhouette.

A more eye-catching set of 17-inch rims on the XV (left)
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

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4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC Horizontally opposed

Engine Cap

:

1600cc

Horsepower

:

84kW (112 bhp)

Torque

:

150 Nm

Transmission

:

Lineartronic CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

13.8sec

Top Speed

:

175km/h

Fuel consumption

:

15.9 km/L

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Price

: -

Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC with VVT

Engine Cap

:

1586cc

Horsepower

:

88kW (118 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

156 Nm / 4400 rpm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

13sec

Top Speed

:

180km/h

Fuel consumption

:

17.5 km/L

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