D’you know what the world needs now? Other than love, sweet love? Six reasons you should immediately and unequivocally buy the new Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
1. It’s made in India
Wait, what? Most people would chalk that up as a disadvantage but I have a different theory. The friendly and industrious Indian nation has been nailing cars together for a while now and they’re hungry for more. The quality and workmanship keeps improving while their automotive requirements are very similar to ours.
Indian-made vehicles offer great value and good ground clearance, two essential characteristic in Namibia / southern Africa. I haven’t been behind the wheel of every single one but the recent ones I’ve piloted also appeared to be comfortable, versatile and capable of taking quite a bit of abuse. Perfect for Nam.
2. It’s a normal 1 500
Of course everyone wants downsizing, clever turbochargers and highly efficient multi-clutch gearboxes but those all cost money. Like, proper money. In order to keep the price down, Suzuki opted for the trusty technology of a naturally-aspirated 1.5L petrol engine; which has two distinct advantages…
One, in my experience a 1500cc engine is one of the most lively and rev-hungry motors around, which means you can (and sometimes have to) rev it like a rental. Happiness. Secondly, I’m yet to hear of an n/a 1.5L engine seizing bearings, clogging injectors or leaving you with a humungous bill. They’re simpler and cheaper to run.
3. It’s a Suzuki
This is a bit of a given. If you, like most of us, don’t have the means to buy a brand-new luxury car, you’re shopping in a market segment full of humdrum hatches and e-hailing fodder. Not all of Suzuki’s products are firecrackers but I think this Japanese brand as a whole makes some of the funkiest cars.
Now add their very generous specifications (all Vitara Brezza models have ABS, airbags and a touch-screen media system), a great warranty and fairly decent dealer coverage to the mix… and you have another valid reason to consider this brand. For the record, Suzuki is represented in Gobabis, Ongwediva, Otji, Swakop, Walvis and Windhoek.
4. Its size
Compact SUV’s are all the rage because, umm, they fit quite neatly into our modern lifestyles. Most people need a bit of ground clearance but don’t want a Cruiser to visit the shops. You want to traverse a dirt road or plaaspad but don’t need diff locks. That’s why these 4m-long front-wheel-drive city slickers are so popular.
If you’re reading this from your garage with a tape measure in the other hand, here are the Vitara Brezza’s vital dimensions: 3 995mm length, 1 640mm height and 1 790mm width. 1 530mm front rack, 1 505 for the rear, 198mm of ground clearance, 5.2m turning radius, 328L luggage capacity and a 48L fuel tank.
5. It’s loaded
Right, these are some of the goodies you can expect in your new Suzuki Vitara Brezza: alarm and immobiliser, ABS brakes with EBD, two airbags, side impact bars, ISOFIX child seat anchor points, rear door child locks, remote central locking, climate control with pollen filter, power windows, power mirrors and power steering.
Whoa there, I’m not done yet. Touch-screen media system with Bluetooth and Apple / Android connectivity, multi-function steering wheel, front and rear 12V sockets, rear spoiler, skid plate garnish, rear parking sensors, reverse camera and a full size spaarwiel. Oh, by the way, that’s the base model spec…
6. It’s attractive
OK, OK, I’ll admit it. That’s a subjective matter but if you think of its bug-eyed and wide-grilled rivals we’ve been tortured with recently, this compact Suzuki SUV is actually a decent-looking machine. You’ll have to pay up a bit for alloy wheels (or just buy them separately) and two-tone paint is reserved for the smarter GLX version.
Still, the colour choices are quite funky and Suzuki offers a whole horde of cosmetic and convenience add-ons for your new #VitaraBrezza. I did mention the kick-ass 5-year/200 000km warranty, right? You also get a decent (4 years or 60 000km) service plan and roadside assistance.