Have owned three Suzukis…a Swift GTI, Sierra, and a Vitara wagon. All were great in their own way, and bulletproof as all Suzukis are.
hence why VW want them on the menu, I’ve always liked the Vitara, unassuming, gets on with the job and doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not, like the RAV4 or CR/V
Hope Suzuki does not sell out to the VAG, they have done fine without them and really should not be need for them to sell off shares in the company.
Plus VW stopped them from using the GTi name on the Swift….hope they still hold a grudge on that!
Swift Sport is lame in name, cred and performance compared to its predecessor the Swift Gti!
Paul, You said that this is a direct competition for Outlander, Rav4, Forrester and X-trail. How about the Honda CR-V? I’m trying to convince my other half to switch over from CR-V to a proper 4WD (with low range gearing).
With the new Sorento with the 2.2L diesel is (on some models) around the same price… I think I’d take the Sorento.
Unfortunately the Sorrento is only a soft roader these days, I disagree with the Vitara actually being put up against anything other than the X-Trail as they are actually 4WD’s. If you want to pretend buy the soft roaders, but the X-Trail and the Vitara will leave the other for dust when the road stops and the fun begins…
Oh and you wouldn’t be silly enough to buy something like this unless you were looking at going off road would you??? ;p
I wasn’t really thinking in terms of off-road ability, more the amount of car for the money.
Yeah no, wasn’t having a shot at what you said, but more the fact that if you have a TRUE off road style vehicle then there will be short comming in its on road behaviour and some bits and pieces to keep the pricing at near levels as those with the lesser mechanical package (not talking quality there just componentry). I myself will put up with les vehicle for the dollar if the vehicle suits my needs better…
That is the true beauty of the Vitara, it has earnt it’s stripes in the bush.
why do ppl continually class X-Trail as a 4WD, its NOT, it has no low gearing, unlike Suzuki.
X-Trails delivers torque to rear wheels if it detects slippage or 50-50 torque to all wheels in 4WD mode, but it is 4WD SUV, read soft-roader,only those vehicles with low range gears are truly 4WD.
Only low rangeing gear vehicles should be compared to each other and not with soft roaders, there is no comparison.
X-trail actually is 4WD because it has differential lock-up…and this is very usefull on snow and on slippery grounds…
NOT REALLY. ITS TO SOFT U HIT A BUMP AND THE ALIGNMENT IS OUT
When the going gets tough the 4wd goes back to front wd. The trail is a soft roader suv. GVT IS KING.
if not for my missus i would have taken this instead of the jeep cherokee, jeep’s not bad though had it for a year now, all good except it’s a heavy drinker (average of upper 12s/km)and my wife really liked it and is the one using it most of the time, i still want this vitara though
I’m glad to hear Paul’s comment about the engine not in the Vitara. This is often missed out by some motoring journalists. And somehow, even before I read that part, I knew that a 3.2-litre, 165kW V6 would sound good. Something to do with the great sounding 3.2-litre Golf R32 probably.
I really always though of Suzuki as low quality but since reading about this car and the Swift im very impressed. Might be considering the Swift for my little performance baragain.
I bought the 2.4L GV several months back and have been a satisfied customer. This vehicle has 2.4L VVTI engine with ESC,2 front, side and curtain airbags, EBD, ABS & full time 4×4. Interior is spartan but decent quality. My reservations – unsettled ride over uneven roads and the antiquated 4 speed tranny. All said, IMHO it does outdo Honda CRV ($40,000), Toyota CRV ($36,000)& Nissan XTrail ($36,000) as it is fully loaded for $32,000 auto drive-away plus it came with a 5year warranty.
I mean Toyota RAV…
The Grand Vitara continues its life as a good, honest small FWD unit. You get what you pay for and if you plan to go on the beach or off the road and you don’t have heaps of stuff its very practical. Its not a wanabee FWD so that is the big difference between it and the others. The excellent thing is Suz give you 3 engine choices that cover all the bases. Concur with Safteyfirst comments.
Its a RWD unit i belive, Engine is mounted North-South
No my friend, he meant Four Wheel Drive (FWD) not Front Wheel Drive. Yes, the engine is transversely mounted. Unusual for a Jap but common with Audi, BMW and Merc.
U mean longitudinal. Transverse is west east
It would be even better if they updated the old Renault diesel motor and had an auto option in the diesel spec
This car is way better than the Mitsi Outlander
This thing is great off-road, but is a plonker on-road and the V6 drinks like there’s no tomorrow. No thanks.
Had my reservations at first but took the plunge and bought the V6.
Gotta say I love it! Smooth, quiet and nimble. That engine is a sweet, sweet pearl. Only thing I don’t like is the barn style rear door (shoulda been a lift up hatch). But that’s my only niggle. That and the fact that you can’t lock the tranny in second (woulda been very useful). Overall – I’m impressed. These things are like limo’s compared to the tinny little rattlers I remember from the 80′s. I’m looking forward to the next model upgrade.
Always thought Suzuki’s build quality was poor until I went to the showroom. I’d say it’s at par with the rest of the Japanese crop. I’m looking forward to seeing the Kirashi.
I have been driving a 3.2 prestige for the last few months, and love it!!!
as a long time subaru fan, I am very surprised how competitive against the forester the vitara is, My wife actually thinks this drives better than the new XT auto premium forester, as far as the engine/gearbox goes I would have to agree, much smoother combo than the old 4speed in the forester..Yes the xt would be quicker, but the vitara is a much more refined package..
p.s, have been averaging between 10.2 and 10.5 l/100km quiet easily, so yes it is easy to match or better the sticker consumption in this car..not bad for a V6 4wd with plenty of power..
Those interior pics at the top of this page…..
Does anyone know anything about that dash mounted sat-nav? Like, is it factory or after-market? And what happens to the sound system?
I havn’t had to pimp my Suzi much because she looked bling-licious right off the showroom floor, but I do like the clean lines of that dash unit. (I gotta gets me one!) Agree with OSU811 – fuel usage not as bad as people say (it’s only a small V6 after all). The earlier 2.7 ltr donks were notoriously thirsty but the 3.2 ltr is a whole new ballgame(ya gotta feel sorry for anyone who bought one of those 2.7′s just before the 3.2′s hit the showroom!). If fuel consumption bothers anyone then they oughta go for the diesel, but I’ve driven both and it’s like jumping out of a Porsche and into a Kombi – rough as. Now, if they could only increase the capacity of the diesel by a coupla’ hundred cc’s and offer it in the Prestige level and slap an autobox behind it, well, I just might consider it next time… Hell, why didn’t I just buy a Tiguan or a Freelander – oh, that’s right, they cost a freakin’ fortune!
Just bought a 2010 GV Prestige and would also like to know what upgrade there is to the sound/nav system.
Nice review. I am considering to get GV Prestige soon. Does it make any sense to get a full 4×4 with automatic transmission?
Yes yes yes, its 2010,and the best Suzuki can come with is a 1.9 ltr diesel engine,its about time Suzuki joined the rest of the real world.
Because of its low torque, it can only tow under 1500kg,not for getting its 85kg down-ball load,which isn’t exactly %10 of its tow rate, what a waste of a fine machine. With its 4WD capacity and a 2.0 ltr engine it would double its sales, the only other company with low-gear is Challenger.
NO THE 1.9 D IS A 2000KG TOW WITH 200 KILO BALL WEIGHT,
ASLO U CAN INCREASE THE PAYLOAD BY CHANGING THE BACK SPRINGS.
Just ordered the Prestige V6 with the sat nav/rear camera/DVD and Bluetooth in one unit(like the picture I guess). Think it is an after market addition but the dealer priced it… cost is around $3,000 but well worth it I think… Shouldn’t be called ‘Prestige’ without it.
Is the vitara a genuine 4wd as in driving in the gulf country?
Great car .I have a 2009 2.4 Ltr grand Vitara .I love it it has all the features standard you could ever want.My only small gripe is that it uses about 14 Ltrs per 100 of petrol around town although it is great on a long trip around 28/29 MPG.The other thing which can be a pain is the side opening rear door apart from that buy one you will love it .I have not had one mechanical problem to report not even a rattle.I had the Serria back in the 80s it was a great 4X4 never missed a beat. My new car is like a limo in comparison..Also great on the beach the low range works a treat…
I love 4wd car, It can take me to off road ,flooding road or road with mud. It ver excite to drive 4wd but I must be pay more to maintainance my car. Last my 4wd car is Suzuki Grand vitara, my first car is Suzuki samurai. Suzuki is very classic for me their car is so cute and less maintainance, But some time it to small for my luggage. However suzuki is brand in my heart forever.
Stick with the jeep the v6 is at app 12.5lt/100 k town,
10.5lt/100 on the open road all sensible driving. And that’s if you make it. mine has done 15,600k it has left me 4 times on the side of the road, when it rains it stops
with elec problems, and suzuki cannot fix it. The suspension sounds like it falling of lucky the car is setting on it. The sales person cannot look at me as he is so embarest, he was a friend.
At 9000k the steering rack was replace now it just lock at full lock
left or right year stick with the jeep. we should swope wife’s mine wonted the vitara. NOW HAVING SIAD THAT I STILL LOVE IT AND IF IT WAS MANUAL IT WOULD BE EXELLENT
We bought a Suzuki Grand Vitara mid 2009 It is a 2.4 Prestige.I agree with a previous comment that line this car up against the Rav/Forester/Honda/and Outlander.There is absolutely no comparison with value for money.I was going to look at the 6 cylinder at the time but we were so impressed with the performance of the 2.4 (only the 2 of us and 2 dogs) we didnot venture further.I love the side opening door especially with our spaniels loaded.We did have a ding in the rear after only 6 months (16 year old P plate driver) but the car has never missed a beat.I just wish Suzuki would come out with a new shape as in a couple of years i will be looking to upgrade to something else.Like the Toyota prada but don’t know if i want to pay the money!
Having just spent 4 months touring with a 16ft caravan, all I can say is my V6 vitara is awsome. It is a great comfortable tow wagon. My only dislike is the inability to be able to select 2nd gear in the five spead auto box. My only other gripe is a $566.00 service fee to do a 45000 klm service at Garry Crick Service centre, the Suzuki dealer at Maroochydore.
$566 , that good for a 4WD My new Citoen copst me 750 to change the oil the other day, I protestsed…. so without a comment they just took $350 of that price…….It didnt make me feel any more valued…never again.
I have just purchased a 2011 3 door Auto and I’m VERY disappointed with the fuel economy. I did 200′ks yesterday mostly country driving and went through half a tank, I would have expected better from a car of this size. I previously owned a Mazda Tribute V6 3ltr and there isn’t much difference in fuel usage. Guess I’m stuck with it for now
09 Vitara diesel ,have 46000 kms up, No serious off road yet , ESP light stays on, dealer says its high pressure in the master cylinder after performing scanning and diagnosis, needs new master cylinder and module , $4000 plus fitting, as its out of warranty, Suzuki Qld will not assist. Seems pretty lousy, considering all the talk the company does about exceptional reliability. I’m very disappointed they didn’t even offer to meet us half way with this problem. Have been talking with lots of other people who have not had this sort of problem with their brands of 4wd vehicle. Have any other Vitara owners out there had this or a similar problem?