Used Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 1998 - 2005 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: What is it like?

1998 - 2005 review
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 (98 - 05)
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 (98 - 05)
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 (98 - 05)
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What's the used Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 like?

The Grand Vitara is a hard-working, hard-wearing 4x4 that's more capable than most when the going gets tough. It also has a low-ratio gearbox as standard, which helps give it superb control off-road, especially for climbing and descending steep hills.

The Suzuki is less impressive on the road, where it can't match many of its contemporaries. Your passengers will complain about the unsettled, bouncy ride, and raised manhole covers send vibrations through the cabin. In corners, it runs out of grip quickly, and you don't have to be pressing on too hard before the tyres start squealing.

Inside, those in the front have sufficient space, and longer-wheelbase models seat two rear passengers in comfort, although it's a bit tight for three. Short-wheelbase versions, however, can make back seat passengers feel hemmed in, but the boot is deep, once you've lifted your stuff over the highish load lip.