Suzuki Grand Vitara review review (2013 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Suzuki Grand Vitara

review (2013 onwards)

Not the most sophisticated on-road but the Suzuki Grand Vitara is a off-roader that comes at a price.

What: Suzuki Vitara 2013 three- and

First impressions of the Suzuki Vitara

It’s only a minor facelift for the 2013 year Suzuki Grand , but it’s so long since written about this followed compact SUV that we we’d catch up with the old

The Grand Vitara has been in its present guise since – meaning next year mark the eight anniversary of the third generation. With the Vitara making its debut in 2013 also represents the quarter century.

The return of the full-size spare wheel

Available in three- and five-door it remains a decidedly old school proposition. Although it now features the modern ‘monocoque’ style of this still incorporates a ladder frame chassis, and only available with drive.

Even Suzuki is to the changes here as “minor”. At the the bumper, grille and foglights been tweaked, there are new accents for the five-door version, and new 17- and alloy wheel designs.

more significantly, the top spec SZ5 now includes satellite navigation as – the first time any such integrated unit has been on a Suzuki in the UK, excepting some special editions.

Most however, are more likely to at the return of the bootlid-mounted full-size wheel. Suzuki has listened to feedback and elected to reintroduce in place of a puncture repair A long-standing part of the Grand chunky appeal, this is an physical feature.



To try this version of the Grand Vitara, has flown us out to Croatia – giving us the to test it both on-road and up tackling rocky passes as as the local equivalent of ‘smooth’

The three-door short wheelbase is available with a choice of 1.6-litre or 166hp 2.4-litre while the lover-wheelbase five-door comes as 2.4 petrol or 129hp DDiS turbodiesel; we drove the which tops the range.

not especially quick – 0-62mph is at 13.2 seconds – but it the job done with a fair of efficiency, given the fixed drive. Unfortunately, it’s noisy, and as a turbodiesel we were by its limited mid-range response, leaves it feeling rather much of the time.

This means you’ll yourself fussing with the manual gearbox rather than you might expect. is a little on the heavy side, and could do with a sixth cog to aid A four-speed auto is optional, but on the already thirsty 2.4.

and handling

The Grand Vitara independent suspension, which in comparison to the axles on the Suzuki Jimny sounds reasonably sophisticated. But in true off-road capability, has sacrificed some of the on-road you get with less rough and competitors.

As a result, the Grand never really settles you’re just driving – with a constant jiggling and that quickly becomes The steering is light but numb, and plenty of rocking and rolling the corners. You don’t so much in your enthusiasm as park it


Take to the hills of the highway, and it begins to make sense. A rotary control on the dashboard gives you four-wheel lock and four-wheel drive low modes, and although the Grand lacks any kind of electronic descent or terrain adaptive it feels nimble and secure.

said, Suzuki’s claims the off-road challenge our route were someone undermined by the school coach that us up the mountain for quite a distance. must at times in Croatia, it


The only real inside the 2013 Suzuki Vitara is the introduction of the fitted navigation system. This comes on range-topping SZ5 variants, and it looked smart, all the launch were in German, and we couldn’t use it due to the lack of Croatian mapping.

The rest of the cabin is neatly out, and feels tough to withstand plenty of abuse. not a great deal in the way of soft anything – including the seats if honest – but considering the pricing it’s well

Economy and safety

The Grand was crash tested by Euro back in 2007, at which it received four stars. standards are now much more so we wouldn’t be confident it could that today. Still, control and six airbags are fitted as on every model.

Economy and are sadly unaltered for the petrol but Suzuki has been tinkering the diesel. A newly ratified CO2 means this drops a tax so you’ll now pay £195 a year of £215. Fuel consumption officially improves slightly to combined; expect mid-30s in life.

The MSN Cars verdict

As you were, While we’ve no doubt of existing fans will be by the return of the tailgate mounted wheel, there’s little that should or would on-road focused new buyers to the Vitara fold.

That if you are looking for a tough, relatively vehicle that’s genuinely off-road and doesn’t cost a this Suzuki is certainly a solution. Everyone else come back this next year – by which the thoroughly modern Suzuki crossover should be on sale .

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