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Suzuki Grand Vitara 5dr (2005–2014)

Last updated 17 May 2017

Good looking, on road handling much better than previous version, comparatively cheap, impressive off road.
A bit crude compared to the more expensive opposition. No spare wheel on back from July 2010 to December 2012. Production ended June 2014.
Updated 9 July 2016

2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara (no mention petrol or diesel) used 5 litres of oil between 79,000 miles and 84,000 miles. Reason could be failure of rear crankshaft main seal.

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Launched in 2005, the Grand Vitara had a mild facelift in 2008 (it wasn't showing any wrinkles). The front end is slightly different, door mirrors now incorporate side indicators, and there are some extra touches of ‘quality' inside, such as grey wood inlays to the dash.

The size (and price) of it makes it directly competitive to the Hyundai Tucson and KIA Sportage, something the old Grand Vitara wasn't because of its old-tech live-axle running gear. And, unlike its shorter sister, there is a petrol automatic version available.

Suzuki Grand Vitara LWB 2006 Road Test

Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4 2008 Road Test and Video


Owners' reviews

Does what it says on the tin
Comfortable, reliable, good spec
Does what it says on the tin
Expensive to run, crude and unreliable.
Superb value and so so capable, niggling issues have appeared with mileage blunting the ownership experience.
A great all round vehicle with a smooth quiet ride and pleasant environment in the cabin

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