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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Need a 4x4 with low load deck - any advice?

I have four Labradors and am looking to buy a four-wheel drive car with a low enough sill to easily lift the dogs in and not to damage joints when they jump out. My old Discovery is too high. Please can you recommend any that might be suitable?
The lowest load decks are those with side hinged rear doors: Suzuki Grand Vitara LWB, or Toyota RAV-4.
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