Suzuki's Vitara has been voted the overall winner at the 2016 Honest John Awards held in London.
Since its launch just 12 months ago, the Vitara has proved popular and was voted as the top choice by readers of honestjohn.co.uk
It was also voted as the most popular crossover, again by the regular readers of the website which has more than 4,400 owner reviews posted and 2.27 million visitors to its new car reviews pages (measured between April 2015 and April 2016 ).
Suzuki introduced the 1.4-litre Boosterjet S model in January 2016 which provides a more sporting and dynamic character to the Vitara line up. It was this new model that further increased the high popularity of Vitara among their readers. Additionally, the informative and light hearted Vitara video made by honestjohn.co.uk last year is their most popular review to date, having been viewed more than 250,000 times.
Commenting on the awards, Daniel Harrison, editor of honestjohn.co.uk, said: “Our readers tell us that they want cars that are practical, well built and honest when it comes to fuel consumption.
"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 engine earlier this 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.”
The Vitara is also rated one of Europe‘s safest cars according to independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP, and received the maximum 5-star rating. Vitara was also the first compact SUV to earn five stars in the more rigorous 2015 Euro NCAP testing programme, which reinforces the exemplary level of safety of the model.