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Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4

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mikew.

Proper off-roader!

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.9 DDiS 5dr (Review date: 21st March '14)

5

I've only got this chunky beast last year and fell in love during the first off-road attempt, despite puncturing my tire that day...

The car feels powerful enough with decent mid-range pulling power and reasonably good ride on the road too. It's a very ergonomic design with brilliant functionality and robust feel to it. The only downside is limited storage space, but get a roof-box and you're fine.

Don't get me wrong, Grand Vitara is miles behind modern crossovers in refinement and long-distance comfort but it feel much more fun and definitely gives you a better chance of taking it where most of modern compact SUV wouldn't even dare.

As for the reliability...I suppose it's fine, considering my barbarian driving technique...but I did have oil leaking from the turbo and the usual DPF trouble. Other than than that the car feels unbreakable.

All in all, GV is great fun and stands out in the world full of cars that only pretend to be ready for real action packed driving.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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johnyg.

Active man's best friend!

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.9 DDiS 5dr (Review date: 17th March '14)

5

It's been almost a year since I got my hands on the 2007 GV and so far the car has not let me down even once, despite being quite seriously tested on a number of occasions. It's economy is just about right at 34 mpg, not too bad, considering that I mostly use with the roof-box on.

If you're looking for a pleasant on the eye and robust off-roader with a loud and not so frugal diesel engine and not a gentle funky SUV, Suzuki fits the bill. If you however fancy a quiet, smooth running and luxurious SUV, I suppose you should look further.

As for the maintenance costs and reliability, it suffers from the usual DPF problems and requires a regular run on a motorway to burn the soot, other than that, mine had a bit of on oil leak from the turbo, but nothing too worrying or difficult to fix. The French diesel engine is of simple construction and does what the job well.

It's a proper old school 4x4 that is fun to drive when used as an action oriented vehicle, as for the wife...she prefers her Mazda CX5. In my book Suzuki GV beats my ex RAV4 by miles so a 5/5.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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richard.k

Second Review

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.0 16v X-EC 5dr Auto (Review date: 22nd February '14)

3.8

This is my second review after now owning the car for nearly 4 1/2 years and 40,000 miles. Apart from an annual service this car has performed faultless, new tyres at 25,000 and a few wiper blades. It is so practical, only thing I have done for peace of mind is raise the rear diff breather as it is very low just above the diff and as I launch a boat the rear has to go into the water. We love this car and would love another but the 22-25 mpg and high tax puts me off getting another when a friend has a Kia Sportage and gets 40+mpg. Think it's the permanent 4x4 that kills the mpg. For what I would get part exchanging we have hung on to her longer than normal, I bought for £10500 at 18 months old and now 4.25 years later with the low mileage it books at around £5800 part exchange so at only just over £1000 a year depreciation it's amazing and that offsets the extra petrol we put in. There are better 4x4's out there but for a no nonsense do anything reliable car it takes some beating.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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leenorthants

my second review after several years of ownership

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.4 VVT SZ4 3dr (Review date: 4th February '14)

3.5

I wanted to do a second review of my Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4 litre SZ4 3 door, after nearly 3 years of ownership because so often people right a review after recently buying a vehicle and usually they are happy with it at first but perhaps never write again so here I go.

My Vitara has actually been a pleasure to own,Im not going to say that it is the perfect vehicle but for REALIABILITY I cannot find fault

In the 3 years that I have owned it is has cost me a annual service and M.O.T.The only extra expense has been to replace the wiper blades and after 36000 miles I replaced the factory fitted tyres with a new set of Continental tyres, there was still life in the original tyres but winter was coming

The engine does not use a drop of oil or water between services, nothing has fallen off or failed on the vehicle, in my original review I said the ride was rough on A and B roads and that is still the case but age has slightly improved the ride or maybe the new tyres are helping

The m.p.g. is still on average 27-32 miles per galleon but I did up to 38 m.p.g. on a long run up to Yorkshire once,not bad for a 4x4

When we have had snow and heavy rain this car is not slightly bothered by bad weather, just select the four wheel drive and off you go with a smug feeling as you pass other more expensive cars stuck in snow

So in conclusion to my review, if your looking for a genuine value for money vehicle that is Reliable then try one.

Just a footnote from myself the diesel engine is a Renault engine and I do not rate there engines at all,best avoided

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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lucyloo

Love It!!

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.6 VVT + 3dr (Review date: 6th December '13)

4.8

This litte 4x4 is fantastic! a very safe solid nippy drive & faultless in winter conditions! I even sailed past the other so called four wheel drives in the snow & ice who were stuck!

Mine hasn't given me a days trouble , it has flown its MOT's & is a joy to own.

Fuel isn't too bad either!

Be prepared to pay more on road tax but that's what you get when falling into the 4x4 bracket!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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deklyn

I bought a short wheel base 1.6 petrol SZ4 Vitara.

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.6 VVT SZ4 3dr (Review date: 23rd November '13)

3.5

I bought a short wheel base 1.6 petrol SZ4 Vitara 17,800 miles in June 2013.

The car was awesome to say the least, after only owning it a few days I bought a caravan (weighing in at 1,350kg) and I have never had a car that tows so smoothly, if a bit underpowered.

I have also towed double axle car trailers, and horse boxes with no complaints.

I took the car for a fairly long (23 miles with Yokohama Geolander tyres) off road journey. The lack of a low box and diff lock didn't really bother the drive, which had river crossings, wet grass, light mud, boulders, and peat bog. I wouldn't go anywhere near sand without diff lock.

The car drives well if a little "floaty" on the road with off-road tyres fitted. The #### ##### fold flat and even roll up leaving a big van like space, I have been able to fit a cooker and fridge unit side by side with room to spare.

Now here comes the BAD NEWS.

The car kept going flat after the first month, needing to be jump started every time.

The car was brought back to the garage I bought it from and nothing could be found. After 2 weeks of going back and forth fighting with the garage they caved in and it was found the battery was spent, however after the battery was replaced the car refused to start properly. A new starter was fitted. It was then found the alternator wasn't producing a charge, a new one was fitted. Last but not least a new ECU (cars computer) was needed. All of these things were fitted and covered under the warranty I got from the garage I bought the car from. I was told they had cost a fortune.

The car runs and drives well now, The only enhancement I fitted a reversing camera which made attaching trailers very very easy.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

2 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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newse1970

Disapointed Suzuki GV Owner

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.9 DDiS 5dr (Review date: 5th November '13)

2.3

I bought this car due to the space and practicality, which it excels at. We have new born twins and needed the room, we can fit the double buggy in the boot along with all the other paraphernalia which accompanies us.

However, reliability is an issue. Up to now I have had the whole of the turbo system replaced, had further oil leaks repaired, brakes have ceased, to list a few issues. Would not of expected this on such a low mileage car (39,000).

Fuel consumption is poor, road tax is high, however, insurance is reasonable

It is extremely noisy at any speed over 60mph.

The one good point, it is extremely good off the road as a 4x4.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

2 / 5
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tillyamber

Suzuki Grand Vitara - Always return to Suzuki

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.6 SZ4 3dr (Review date: 7th August '13)

4.3

I owned a '97 plate Vitara a few years ago and loved that car. It was always so reliable and I was very sad to let it go when driving for work meant buying something more suitable for motorway use. (used to get blown around)

Last month I pulled up on a forecourt of a petrol station and there was the new 13 plate grand vitara in white. Love at first sight. This car is a beauty! A proper stamp of a car. The reincarnated version of my old car.

I now own my new car and here are my opinions:

Tax - expensive

Insurance - Cheaper than my 2004 Toyota Yaris!

Fuel Costs - not as bad as I had imagined, I have changed from a diesel Yaris which is super economical but I am getting 37MPG driving sensibly which is more than Suzuki state for combined. Impressed with this

Driving position - perfect, you feel high up, can see so much of the road and height adjustable seat (5ft4 lady with little legs)

Driving - Great drive, soft clutch, good ergonomics. Huge mirrors make for a great drive especially on motorways. It is firm but its 4x4 its supposed to be firm!

Speed - Gets to 40 and 50 very quickly, sits at 70 nicely on the motorway but takes a bit to get to the speed.

Parking - easier than the Yaris! Its twice as big but the huge mirrors make this car a doddle to park

Extras - I had a Parrot Bluetooth system installed and it works a dream for calls and music from the IPhone and Blackberry.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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shamster

TRUE SUV

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.4 VVT SZ5 5dr (Review date: 14th July '13)

4.3

Hello all, I am the owner SGV since my car engine with a capacity of 2.4 SZ5 top range 5 door, car uses a year, workout short dystance so I decided to gasoline, moreover, i pay a week and 100 miles a week 20 the city 27mpg fuel, route 32-33mpg very well so far for me, a little about the car, as a new Im not recommended because it is not worth the 22 thousand pounds, but if you buy at the end of the year as I can save a few thousand,car is for four adults, the quality of materials is appropriate to the price or if we gave between 12-15 thousand a good buy, car has a few drawbacks namely; very weak paint susceptible to scratches, weak speakers, rear shelf jumps, sometimes creaking chair, but these are my feelings and they are acceptable to the price for the car which gave 13 thousand pounds, car is not as comfortable as the saloon on wheels 18 inch jumps, it looks nice but it's hard for me so I changed to 16 AT (235-70-16), a very big improvement, SGV is a very good car in the snow, when other cars as much extended bmw x5, lexus, toyota rav, you're going under A snow-covered hill and you laughing without turning 4l.Na ending and means I'm not a ##### of suzuki, the car I was looking for a cheap and new to 4x4, I found SGV, if you looking for trust car and dont see few cheap dents this is car for you

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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ksmot

Oil leaks and gerar box probs.

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.9 DDiS SZ5 5dr (Review date: 13th May '13)

3.5

I bought the SZ5 with all the extras and they are all fine. The warranty still had 4 months to run so when I saw oil on the drive I took it to the local Suzuki garage. They told me it was leaking from the front crank shaft seal and was a common fault. They fixed the leak in a couple of days under warranty. While it was in I told them that the gear change was difficult when the engine was cold. "They're all the same" they told me. "Notchy going from 2nd to 3rg gear?" asked the man in the garage. Yes I said. "They're all the same with the diesel engine" he told me. A few weeks after I got the car back I took it to a different garage for it's first MOT and it passed but with an advisory of a leak from the rear crankshaft seal. I took it back to the Suzuki garage and again it went in for the repair under warranty. This time it took 10 days to get it back. Each time it goes in for this job the engine has to be removed so if it happens again out of warranty it will be expensive.

I am getting rid of it and getting a VW as I have lost confidence in it.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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