For The Suzuki Grand Vitara is cheaper than many rivals, looks the part and possesses genuine off-road ability. All versions steer and handle well, and the cabin is solid and spacious.
Against The ride is too firm and there's too much engine noise. The petrol engines are weak, the gearshift is heavy and the Grand Vitara is comparatively expensive to run.
It's cheap, stylish and handles well, but the Suzuki Grand Vitara let down by below-par ride, refinement and performance.
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The Grand Vitara’s biggest advantage over rivals in the competitive compact 4x4 segment is that it can actually go off-road.
It certainly looks the part, too, with edgy styling and high ground clearance.
Three powertrains are available and include one diesel and a 2.4-litre petrol. None of them can claim dashing performance, but the 2.4 is gutsy and the 1.9-litre diesel offers plenty of pulling power.
The suspension is firmly sprung, which prevents body roll in bends. Unfortunately this also makes for an uncomfortably hard ride which only gets worse in the three-door.
The interior is functional rather than plush, but it is spacious and stylish and the materials have a hard-wearing feel about them.
Keep an eye out for 0% finance offers that Suzuki have on the Grand Vitara from time to time.
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