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So long Suzuki Vitara – Here are the crossovers you can buy instead

The Suzuki Vitara has officially been discontinued, bringing an end to the run of one of South Africa’s fan-favourite crossovers.

According to Brendon Carpenter, Brand Marketing Manager at Suzuki Auto South Africa, the Vitara was ultimately pulled from stores because the company’s compact SUV line-up is well covered by models such as the FronxGrand VitaraXL6, and Jimny 5-door.

Luckily, the popular segment is filled to the brim with various entries from a host of brands, meaning prospective car owners don’t have to look far to find a new set of wheels.

As a point of reference, prior to its cancellation, the Vitara sold for between R438,900 and R469,900, and was available with two different petrol engines – a 1.6-litre, naturally-aspirated unit, and a 1.4-litre, turbocharged option.

The 1.6-litre produced 86kW and 151Nm and connected to an all-wheel-drive layout, returning a fuel consumption of 6.2l/100km.

The turbo, on the other hand, was front-wheel-drive only, generated 103kW and 220Nm, and achieved an average of 5.9l/100km.

Customers also had a choice of two different gearboxes, either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

Since the crossover is one of the automaker’s more premium badges, its equipment list included 17-inch diamond-cut alloy rims, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a leather multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, suede and leather upholstery, electric side mirrors,  and a 7-inch media screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

It also came with assistance items such as hill assist, front and parking sensors, cruise control, a reverse camera, and a speed limiter.

Still plenty to choose from

Below is a list of the crossovers that you can buy for a similar price to the discontinued Suzuki Vitara in South Africa.

Click on the underlined prices for more information.

Haval Jolion 1.5T Luxury

  • Starting price – R429,650
  • Power – 105kW/210Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 7.5l/100km

Mitsubishi ASX 2.0 ES

  • Starting price – R429,990
  • Power – 110kW/197Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 7.9l/100km

BAIC Beijing X55 1.5T Dynamic

  • Starting price – R429,900
  • Power – 130kW/305Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 7.2l/100km

Honda Elevate 1.5 Elegance

  • Starting price – R429,900
  • Power – 89kW/145Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.1l/100km

Opel Crossland 1.2T Edition

  • Starting price – R429,900
  • Power – 81kW/205Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.2l/100km

Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2T Feel

  • Starting price – R433,900
  • Power – 81kW/205Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.5l/100km

Mazda CX-3 2.0 Dynamic

  • Starting price – R442,800
  • Power – 115kW/206Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.6l/100km

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro 1.5T Distinction

  • Starting price – R442,900
  • Power – 108kW/210Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.8l/100km

Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 XS

  • Starting price – R443,900
  • Power – 103kW/172Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.8l/100km

Omoda C5 1.5T 230T Tech

  • Starting price – R447,900
  • Power – 115kW/230Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.9l/100km

Proton X50 1.5T Standard

  • Starting price – R449,900
  • Power – 110kW/226Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.5l/100km

VW T-Cross 1.0TSI Comfortline

  • Starting price – R458,900
  • Power – 85kW/200Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 5.3l/100km

Renault Duster 1.5dCi Zen 4WD

  • Starting price – R465,999
  • Power – 80kW/260Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 5.2l/100km

Hyundai Creta 1.5 Premium

  • Starting price – R469,500
  • Power – 84kW/144Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.5l/100km

Peugeot 2008 1.2T Active

  • Starting price – R469,900
  • Power – 96kW/230Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.5l/100km

Kia Seltos 1.6 EX

  • Starting price – R472,995
  • Power – 90kW/151Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.9l/100km

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