A 1.6-litre engine powers the cheapest versions, giving adequate performance and economy, however the 2.0-litre does a better job. The 2.5 V6 gives smooth power through a standard automatic gearbox, while one better is the seven-seater XL with a 2.7 V6, 170bhp and 170lb ft of pulling muscle.
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 ride & handling
The Grand Vitara is highly capable <\n>off-road thanks to four-wheel drive and a low-ratio transfer ’box, which allow it to cross very tough terrain. Back on the road it’s best around town, soaking up most bumps without a problem, though five-door models are smoother than three-doors and soft-tops. There’s some lean in corners, but it’s not alarming.
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 refinement
The 1.6 and 2.0 petrol engines become noisy above 50mph or when pushed. The 2.0 turbodiesel is just noisy all the time and needs revving to keep pace with motorway traffic. The smooth and hushed 2.5 V6 is best. All cars have a notchy five-speed ’box except the 2.5 V6, which has a four-speed auto.