And the winner of the Honest John car of the year 2016 is... the Suzuki Vitara. Since its launch in the UK, the Vitara has been extremely popular, also wining the Honest John most popular crossover award for 2016. Honestjohn.co.uk has more has more that 2.27 million visitors to its new car review pages (measured between April 2015 to April 2016).

The 1.4 Boosterjet S Vitara was introduced in January 2016. This model helped increase the already high popularity of the Vitara amongst honestjohn.co.uk readers. The light hearted review video is also their most popular review to data, having been viewed over 250,000 times.

Editor Daniel Harrison commented on the awards by saying: "Our readers tell us that they want cars that are practical, well built and honest when it comes to fuel consumption. The Vitara offers all of that with a dash of style and sense of occasion." It’s no surprise that it’s been such a hit on the site. The addition of the state-of-the-art Boosterjet petrol late last year was the icing on the cake and another reason for us to recommend what is a great all-rounder. This has been the most popular car of the past 12 months with our users and, from the feedback we’ve had so far, it has every reason to be our Car of the Year.”

Sales & Marketing Director for Suzuki GB PLC, Dale Wyatt added: “This really is a fantastic achievement for us at Suzuki; our compact & lightweight SUV is proving to be really popular on the roads now with 10,000 sold since its launch last year. It’s great news that so many of our customers have voted for it on honestjohn.co.uk”.

He went on to say that their research shows that over 65% of prospective customers who test drove a Vitara would purchase one. These claims are reflected in the great comments left by Honest John users who said that “they had made the right decision.”

The Vitara is available from 13,995 for the 1.6 SZ4 model with manual transmission. The SZ5 model comes with either a 1.6 diesel or manual and ALLGRIP four wheel-drive as an option. The 1.4 turbo-charged S model comes with ALLGRIP as standard.

Rated as one of Europe’s safest cars according to results from Euro NCAP, & receiving a 5-star safety rating, the Vitara is also the first compact SUV to gain a 5-star rating in the more stringent Euro NCAP tests. These ratings reinforce the exemplary level of safety the Vitara has achieved.

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