Suzuki Vitara S has been voted the winner of the Ultralight category at the Tow Car Awards 2016. The Suzuki Vitara S, introduced in January with a 1.4-liter Boosterjet, provides a more sporting and dynamic character to the Vitara line up. Available in diesel and petrol variants, the Suzuki Vitara S is light enough to be considered an ultralight tow car. For a car which barely weighs more than 1.2 tons, stability at speed .
The judges picked the Vitara S as winner due to its fairly light gross weight of 1.2 tons, the vehicle’s stability at speed and the Vitara S’ ability to pull a trailer up to speeds of 96 km/h (60mph) and well beyond without any waywardness.
The S is powered by a turbocharged petrol engine which performs well, pulling the trailer from 48 – 96 km/h (30-60mph) in 14.4 seconds. Turbocharging helps give more mid-range pull than from most petrols, making for an engine that’s surprisingly well suited to towing lightweight trailers and micro-caravans.
Dale Wyatt, Sales and Marketing Director, Suzuki GB said, “This is another fantastic accolade for us at Suzuki; our compact and lightweight SUV is proving to be really popular on the roads now with around 11,000 sold since launch last year.”
Vitara is available from 13,999 pounds for the 1.6-liter SZ4 model with manual transmission; the SZ5 model is available with either a 1.6-liter petrol or 1.6 diesel engine and offers AllGrip four wheel drive as an option. The 1.4-liter turbo-charged S model tested in the competition offers AllGrip as standard equipment.
Vitara is rated one of Europe‘s safest cars according to independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP, and received the maximum 5-star rating. Vitara was also the first compact SUV to earn five stars in the more rigorous 2015 Euro NCAP testing program which reinforces its exemplary safety.
Edited: Suzuki GB