Priced from $35,990, the Vitara RT-X Diesel is the flagship model in the range and develops 88kW and 320Nm for a combined-cycle fuel consumption figure of just 4.9L/100km.
Standard features comprise a dual panoramic sunroof, Apple Carplay, 17-inch polished alloy wheels, LED headlights and leather/suede seats. Additionally, the Vitara RT-X Diesel includes privacy glass, a knee airbag for the driver and satellite navigation.
It also boasts the lowest fuel consumption in the range, with Suzuki claiming an average thirst of 4.9 l/100km – almost a full litre less than the substantially lighter naturally-aspirated petrol 1.6 Vitara RT-S manual.
Power comes in at 88kW while peak torque is a fat 320Nm from 1750rpm, which gives the RT-X diesel 100Nm more than the already-tractable Vitara S Turbo.
If you want to head offroad then you should definitely opt for an all-drive SUV, but even so be aware that it won’t be as capable as a 4WD with higher clearance and usually low range. If you want a capable small 4WD at a budget price then the Suzuki Grand Vitara is hard to beat. Still, if your two-wheel-drive SUV happens to be a Vitara then you can do what Suzuki does best, and give some rough terrain a try!