Review: Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (2001 – 2005)
Seven seats and a decent V6 petrol engine. Good off-road and easy to manoeuvre in town.
Not a great drive on the road. Rearmost seats children and midgets only.
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Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (2001 – 2005): At A Glance
Big 7-seater version of Suzuki Vitara offering better ride quality than its shorter bretheren.
Surprisingly, this was apparently the 'basis' for the massively modified Suzuk XL7 in which Nobuhiro Tajima made a record breaking run on the 2007 Pikes Peak hillclimb of just over 10 minutes. He made a subsequenbt record breaking run 2011 in a specialist 910PS car badged as a Suzuki SX4, but actually nothing remotely like an SX4. That is the current overall record of 9 minutes 51.278 seconds, 10 seconds under his 2007 time in the XL7.
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