Choosing a new car is about making all the right choices and ensuring your emotions do not rule over practicalities.
Take the opportunity to evaluate if the car is a great fit for you, as parents and if it’s safe for the kids too.
So, why would parents look to the Suzuki Vitara Brezza for solutions?
Considering the road traffic accident statistics for the country, any parent will do everything possible to maximise the safety of their children and from the entry-level derivative, the Suzuki Vitara Brezza offers outstanding levels of passenger safety.
In what has become the norm for all Suzuki models, there is no distinction between the safety equipment of different grades of the same Suzuki model. In the Vitara Brezza, passive safety systems include anti-lock (ABS) brakes with emergency brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake-assistance (BA), airbags for the driver and front passenger, pre-tensioners and force limiters on front seatbelts, and ISOFIX-mountings for child seats.
Passive safety, in turn, is taken care of by the award-winning Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) structure. This body structure was designed by Suzuki to be both incredibly strong and light and it has won industry acclaim for the effective dispersing of crash energy away from the occupants. The Vitara Brezza’s TECT-structure also includes side-impact beams in the doors for added protection.
All models also have a high-mounted LED stop lamp, a rear window-demister and a rear wiper with integrated washer as standard.
Lastly, vehicle security is cared for with the fitment of an alarm system and immobiliser on all models.
The Vitara Brezza has the same wheelbase as the flagship Vitara at 2 500mm, but it is shorter (by 180mm), wider (15mm) and rides higher off the ground (198mm vs 185mm) than its bigger sibling.
All of that translates to a luggage capacity of 328 litres – more than enough for the pram and baby kit or the rugby togs for the whole team.
The compact, yet spacious, nature of the Vitara Brezza also means it is easy to manoeuvre in shopping mall parking garages and other restricted spaces.
Thirsty kids after a day at school, playing sport or on that long haul to your holiday destination – no problem for the GLX version of the Vitara Brezza that features a cooled glovebox, drawing cold air from the automatic climate control system.
And, speaking of cool, the Vitara Brezza has such cool looks even the most judgemental of teenagers will be wowed into admiration.
Suzuki’s SUV design team has packaged the Vitara Brezza’s dimensions perfectly. From the front, they have designed a striking look by creating a near-solid chrome grille that stretches from end-to-end between the front lights and visually underlines the vehicle’s wide stance.
The front lights are finished with a chrome brow and LED daytime running lights, which are light guides on the GL and pure LEDs on the GLX to accompany the automatic projector main LED headlamps.
The Vitara Brezza in profile also shows off its floating roof design. All models, regardless of their colour, have a darkened A-pillar and a black insert on the C-pillar to create a visual break between the body and the roof. This is particularly striking when you opt for any of the two-tone colour options available to GLX owners.
The standard solid colours include Pearl Arctic White, Premium Silver, Granite Grey and a very striking Autumn Orange. Owners of the GL specification level can also choose Sizzling Red or Torque Blue.
For buyers who opt for the GLX, there is also a choice of three two-tone colour options. It includes Sizzling Red with a Midnight Black roof, Granite Grey with an Autumn Orange roof and Torque Blue with a Midnight Black roof.
Inside the Vitara Brezza is a large 7-inch touch screen infotainment system, which is standard across the range and which forms the centrepiece of the dashboard.
The system is fitted as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and it will display the image from the reverse camera, when engaged. Bluetooth, an auxiliary input and a USB port are also standard, while all models allow the driver hands-free control of the system and the phone interface from the steering wheel buttons or voice command system.
The infotainment system on the Vitara Brezza is the newest generation from the engineers at Suzuki. As such, it also displays vehicle information and alerts, including low fuel, door ajar alert and much more.
The Vitara brand name has been part of the Suzuki Auto stable in South Africa since 2008. The first compact SUV segment started in 1988, with the introduction of the original Vitara and more recently a later generation that was launched in 2015 and followed up by the newest version featuring Suzuki’s Boosterjet engine in 2019.
In the years following Suzuki Auto’s launch in South Africa in 2008, the company has steadily built up a reputation for providing cost-effective and safe small cars distributed through a nationwide dealer network.
The Vitara Brezza, which slots into the range above the Ignis and below the Vitara is the most popular compact SUV in India – where it is built – accounting for 23% of its segment share and 11% of all SUV sales, across all categories. To date, Suzuki has sold more than 600 000 Vitara Brezza models.