Suzuki Grand Vitara review (2005 onwards model) – MSN Cars UK

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Suzuki Grand Vitara

(2005 onwards model)

in 1989, if you wore white with jeans, you’d a Suzuki Vitara the coolest in the world. But times change. Paul Weller has dumped the socks and is now being played on the CD of a Freelander or RAV4.

1998’s Vitara replacement hardly had the to inspire the style council. But now back and ready to jam.

The model really is just And what a different beast it

At first it’s a game of the cue’; the three-door profile the RAV4, rear lights of the are Jeep Grand Cherokee Toyota Corolla Verso on the front grille is VW Touareg, B-pillar resembles the old Vauxhall and so on. But proportionally it’s appealing, a broad, wheel-at-each-corner stance if you cast your mind cues from the original emerge too.

Check out the shape of the headlights and the in the side of the bonnet. Three-door sit on a shorter wheelbase than but both share a 4×4-trademark spare wheel. Triangulated cover optional.

Taut settings and quick, eager mean it can be zapped through accurately and with confidence. is some roll there but dealt with quickly and enough to switch your to the response it offers to the steering. you turn, and it turns – the stodge and of the old model is gone, and even more modern 4x4s, able.

The above applies to the five-door for the shorter wheelbase three-door, that response to slight so keen is it to dive into Sporty, certainly, but maybe too for some.

The three-door’s ride is less composed. Both are by taught suspension settings filter harshness effectively, but fully settle on undulating roads. It’s not uncomfortable but can choppy at times.

The Grand Vitara cruises though, with correction-free a planted feel and low wind It’s the engines that the kerfuffle. Initially just two units are offered, a 106bhp and 140bhp 2.0-litre.

The former is buzzy at speed, with gearing creating a monotonous It’s even less when accelerating as the engine on a shrieking nature. Not ideal.

It has to be worked very hard despite your disinclination to rev it It struggles to counter the Grand 1500kg weight.

The 2.0-litre is relaxed and a little faster but is, if less smooth. There’s resonance at lower engine it pulses at tickover and is another one you rev for fun. Fuel economy in the low 30s for both, too. We’d wait for the forthcoming 36mpg, Renault-sourced 1.9-litre diesel – it will share the petrol awkward transmission.

Lethargically weighty, it’s notchy and transmits too much from the running gear. At the clutch is light – as are the brakes, Though they work enough, pedal feel is lacking.

Three-door models are cramped and claustrophobic in the hard-to-access Five-door models are better, comfortable levels of space; the flaw is a too-soft, unsupportive seat back. High-set seats combine with low to give a good view out – though it’s not as tall as the stance is lofty. The dash is and well-built, if plasticky, and the backlit are clear.

Equipment is excellent; all come climate control, CD player, windows and alloys, though control is optional. A full of accessories, including side and styling kits, will be as dealer-fit options. Overall, the solid feel that most. The stiff structure is on the road as there’s barely a from the trim even off-roading.

It feels built to last thus, a quality item.

Is it a It’s a huge improvement the old model, proving better to a degree. There remain with the engines but these may be when the diesel arrives, though the price premium is to be a stiff £2,000. Mind petrol cars have on their side; £12,699 for the is an absolute bargain, while the five-door is also keen.

By the Grand Vitara into the world for such old-world Suzuki may well realise its aim of up the sales charts.

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