In fact, it’s only its excellent scores in the value for money section that have seen it sit so high on the list, because everything else falls away. In particular, don’t expect too much in the way of performance from the 1.6-litre engine for that money or get too excited about the way Vitara behaves on the road. This is an honest trier, little more. There’s a sense of back to the future here as Suzuki built its reputation on a fleet of small SUVs. But it needs more than reputation to compete with the best here.