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by Brett Davis

Overlander magazine’s recent annual award ceremony has just given the Suzuki Grand Vitara DDiS turbo-diesel the award for the Best Small Wagon for the third consecutive year.

The Grand Vitara was noted for its great overall performance in both diesel and petrol forms. The magazine said that if there were two separate awards for a petrol and diesel small wagon, the Grand Vitara would have been awarded both.

The magazine was quoted as saying,

“The Grand Vitara DDiS is one of those vehicles that just does everything well. There’s no point in saying that the secret of the DDiS’s success is this or that; because it has so many ‘secrets’ that make it the great vehicle it is. This engine is willing and strong from very low engine speeds and makes light work of just about any driving situation. All the while the diesel is easy on fuel and well capable of fuel numbers in the 8 litres/100km range.”

The Suzuki Grand Vitara done well considering the abundance of capable rivals. These include the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Nissan X-Trail, Mitsubishi Outlander, Jeep Patriot and the Hyundai ix35, although some of these ‘off-roaders’ are less capable than others when the going gets dirty.

The Suzuki Grand Vitara DDiS price starts at $35,990 putting it at about average with the rival prices. The DDiS engine is a 1.9-litre turbo-diesel four cylinder model that outputs 95kW and 300Nm of torque.




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