Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 – First Drive Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

2 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 – First Drive Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver


Suzuki Grand Vitara

If it fits, wear it.

Say you’re a mom who’s too stylish to drive a but you still need to haul the team. Where can you turn for the vehicle? Well, if you plan to any vehicles that cross path, you call GM or Ford, or Toyota, and ask for the Leviathan Department.

But if you an affordable, earth-friendly seven-seater, believes it has the answer in the XL-7 of its Grand Vitara line.

It makes a compelling argument. off, the rear-wheel-drive models at just over 20 grand, and versions of the four-wheel-drive XL-7 can be had for

Our test vehicle was a four-wheel-drive version and included ABS, a CD and a sunroof. That boosted the to $25,074. Until an XL-7 model appears, with seats in addition to everything noted, this is as loaded as get.

As a stretched compact SUV (it is inches longer than the Grand Vitara), the XL-7 a handy compromise between and bulk. It manages to seat while retaining much of the feel of a smaller vehicle.

Admittedly, space inside vast, but tech director transported six adults on an hour-long and observed that it can be done in comfort as long as the occupants in the middle seat share equitably with those seated in the last row.

He that the rear doors are large and that the easy-entry on either side of the middle row wide to access a path to the seats. The front-seat occupants to scoot forward a bit more is optimal for complete comfort to fit in, but the point is, it can be done.

Since SUVs are often as family vehicles, the XL-7 easily accommodate kids and gear without complaint. The inside are in keeping with its pricing and the ride is mostly smooth, although our car traversed bad breaks with a clang a trolley on a track crossing.

slightly soft rear damping makes the Suzuki its tail over large with only the driver the ride is better with passengers in tow. In either the stretched Suzuki steers particularly on freeways, where the driving position helps in strategic lane changes and the sure-footedness ensures their execution.

This 2.7-liter version of V-6 has a wide torque spread, good response at part so it doesn’t need to be thrashed to up with traffic. And there’s about the poise of the vehicle perhaps the relaxed engine that encourages surprisingly cruising speeds on the open

Our test car’s automatic shifted like butter at throttle and performed almost as when driven flat The engine is silky, too, and it the kind of sophisticated sounds expect from a modern four-cam V-6. There’s a little too much whir pulling away-probably just fan the starter emits a piercing on a quiet morning.

Despite the modest performance (0 to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds, the quarter-mile in 17.4 the XL-7 drives in a sportier than we’d thought And in spite of the ambitious stretch Suzuki undertook with vehicle-it’s 10.7 inches than the Ford Escape-the feels quite solid, no discernible frame-on-body flex or Which raises a point.

For those who care, the Suzuki is a vehicle. Four-wheel-drive models can of having a dual-range transfer These two features are of real if an owner should decide-after bored with the rigors of exploration-to do some rock

That’s not something you can do with an a Toyota RAV4, or a Honda Of course, you may not want to do that your XL-7, either, but it nice that you could?

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