The much-loved Vitara family from Suzuki was extended in early February 2021 when their recent release hit South African shores. The Vitara Brezza has entered the compact SUV segment and has ticked all the right boxes — size, visual, practicality, capability and, most notably in this day and age, affordability.
At a glance
The Vitara Brezza is easy on the eye. It has a modern design that encapsulates the essence of the Vitara brand. In fact, the few days that had me behind the wheel I noted quite a few head turns from passersby.
The GL and GLX models come standard with electric windows, auto climate control, electric side mirrors, rear parking sensors coupled with a reverse camera and a multifunction steering wheel. Even more impressive is that both models come with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment centre. Suzuki needs acknowledgement for this, as you very rarely get spoilt with all the bells and whistles on entry-level models. The GLX sports a few extras, like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry with push-button start, cruise control and my absolute favourite, a front centre armrest. I’m all about the armrest.
Colour me in
To add even more fun to the Brezza experience, you have six colour options to choose from: Premium Silver, Granite Grey, Pearl Arctic White, Autumn Orange, Sizzling Red and Torque Blue. The GLX adds a two-tone colour scheme: Granite Grey with an Autumn Orange roof, Sizzling Red with a Midnight Black roof and Torque Blue with a Midnight Black roof. It really does keep getting ‘Brezza’.
There are two Vitara Brezza models in the range: the entry-level GL and the range-topping flagship model GLX. Both are powered by the naturally-aspirated 1.5l four-cylinder petrol engine. It produces 77kW and 138Nm of torque. You can opt for either the five-speed manual transmission or the unusual, but highly effective four-speed auto transmission. The fuel economy on the Vitara Brezza is another great selling point for the Suzuki brand. With a claimed 6.2l/100 km, it’s just as good as, and in some cases better, than most other options in the compact SUV segment.
Money, money, money
Suzuki is coming in hot and heavy with the Vitara Brezza’s price tag. You’ll have to look long and hard to find another reputable brand packing a nifty compact SUV that’s more than capable of any challenge at this price.