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Boosterjet vooma for Suzuki Vitara and Swift Sport

THERE should be a saying that you are only as old as the car you drive makes you feel. That said, my week spent with the new turbo-boosted Suzuki Vitara and thereafter with a bright yellow Swift Sport gave me a spring in my step and made me feel young and carefree – ready to grab at any opportunity to take to the road.

Suzuki recently upped the stakes by equipping the new Vitara as well as the exciting new Swift Sport with its 1.4 litre BOOSTERJET engine – for more power and better fuel efficiency.


I liked the look and drive of the Vitara when first test-drove it a few years ago. The new Vitara model test driven for this week’s Express on Wheels was the 1.4 Turbo GLX with six-speed manual transmission.

The turbo version is also available with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting via steering-mounted paddles.

Both these models come in GLX specification. Standard features include Suzuki’s 7” touchscreen infotainment system with CarPlay and Android Auto.

The system includes an SD slot, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity for hands free dialling and voice control.

It also boasts a reverse camera, park distance control (both front and rear), automatic climate control, cruise control, multifunction steering wheel with controls for the audio and cruise control systems, a 4.2” multi-information full colour display in the instrument binnacle, electric windows and mirrors, automatic LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, automatic rain-sensing wipers and 17” alloy wheels.


In the Vitara, the Boosterjet engine delivers 103 kW available at 5 500 rpm and 220 Nm from 1 500.

Suzuki’s Boosterjet-engine technology combines a range of engineering advancements to offer an engine with a very strong and linear torque delivery and low fuel consumption. Its stated fuel consumption in a combined cycle is 5.8 litres for the manual model and 5.9 for the automatic version.


The Vitara has always impressed with its sporty look. The new model has a new trapezoidal lower front intake and a redesigned bonnet, among other features. Silver roof rails and chrome touches in the front adds to its sporty look. It is available in a choice of five solid colours and seven dual-tone combinations, where the body colour is contrasted by the choice of a black or white roof.

The cabin features good looking, modern styling. The seats are super comfy and offer a good looking combination of leather and suede materials accentuated with white stitching.

The interior is cleverly designed with good-sized and well laid-out storage places. The space in the front and back is plentiful and the boot is big enough for a family of four going on holiday for a week or two.


Active safety features include electronic stability control (ESP) with traction control, ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and a brake-assist system (BAS).

Passive safety features include seven airbags (dual front, front side, side curtain and driver knee airbags) on all models, as well as Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) body-design, which features side and cross-body impact zones, ultra-high strength steel and additional bracing for a body that is both highly rigid and impact absorbing.


I was able to spend a week with the turbo-boosted Vitara, with the six-speed manual gearbox, on the urban commute in Port Elizabeth.


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