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great car in winter
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.9 DDiS 5dr (Review date: 17th February '11)
this car has proven to be very very good in the snow and ice my wife has been driving to work very early in the mornings over the past two years of which turned out to be the worst on record she never missed a day or was late because of the weather now she does not want any other car
we use use the car to tow a coachman caravan this also is really enjoyable experience because of the torque and being diesel
we have not had any problems with the car and it is very good on fuel when towing and driving around town
if you are looking for a good 4x4 please look at someone else's this one is not for sale
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.6 VVT + 3dr (Review date: 30th January '11)
You pay's your money...........
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.0 16v 5dr Auto (Review date: 19th January '11)
My other half & I bought this car new on the back of a very good deal (almost 28% off list) being offered by our local Suzuki franchise. For the same sort of money other companies were offering 18 month to two year old examples of the other cars we had been considering (Nissan Qashqai, RAV4 and CR-V)...... so we thought it a bit of a no-brainer.
We like the amount of space and light inside the car and it's high driving position. We are all fairly tall and the seat adjustment accommodates us all while still leaving plenty of room in the back. The Grand Vitara also fits in well with our life style. There is plenty of room in the boot for a set of golf clubs (an important car criteria in our household) and it has never had a problem coping with the various very muddy car park's that my son's football team visit.
Reliability has been fine but it did develop a slight rattle coming from inside the dashboard - something which annoyingly the dealer has so far been unable to fix.
The downsides of the car are a slightly poor fuel consumption (25/26 mpg during the first 6000, mostly urban, miles) and a tendency for the gearbox to hold on for too long to the lower gears when driving in very hilly areas. The paint could also be a bit tougher. Some fine scratches have started to appear around the door handles and I am worried that in time they will detract from the very striking appearance of the car.
Of course we might also find that the other downside of getting a new Vitara at such a discounted price could be a lower re-sale value. But there you are ...............you make your choice - we're certainly keeping ours for some time to come.
Better than a Chelsea Tractor
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.0 16v 5dr Auto (Review date: 13th January '11)
I wanted a 4x4, as being vertically challenged(short) I prefer the higher driving position. However. I did not want anything enormous, as I live in a village with narrow roads, and there are many spots where there are blind bends and/or only room for one medium sized car to pass. Oh the chaos I have seen when there is someone in a chelsea tractor who can't reverse. And in case you think that is a sexist remark aimed at the ladies, in the words of David Walliams, I'm a lady.
The Grand Vitara is perfect for me. Smaller than a Honda CR-V which is one of the other cars I considered. I find it easy to park, easy to drive. Occasionally opening the rear door is a problem if someone has parked too close. It is a bit heavy on fuel, but as I do less than 5000 miles pa, not an issue for me. And it was worth its weight in gold in the snow.
Grand Vitara XEC value for money
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.0 16v X-EC 5dr (Review date: 6th January '11)
This is my second Grand Vitara bought from new,The car is a
good all round vehicle,visibility driving position,and comfort
are all excellent,The boot is easy to load and takes my two golden
retrievers on long distances with no problems,Reliability has
been excellent and apart from services has only been to the
dealer for two factory recalls,Economy is good,the only poor
part of the car is the radio where reception is not good,also
found it superb in snow and ice would definitely buy another
Grand by Name
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.9 DDiS 3dr (Review date: 31st December '10)
We bought the Grand Vitara in a bit of a rush,as we had bought a caravan and only had a Ka to tow it with!! but thats another story.
The car tows perfectly,as it is as wide as the caravan the rear veiw is great, fuel consumption is ok, and the comfort factor is satisfactory.
The down side is it is a 3 door, so the boot space is very small, but it also makes it very easy for my wife (all 5 foot 1 inch of her) to drive and park.
Although I think we have bought the right car for us, I think most people would prefer the 5 door model, mainly because of the extra boot space.
Suzuki Grand Vitara 2006 Auto
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.0 16v 5dr Auto (Review date: 6th December '10)
Permanent 4x4 + easy lock-diff + Lo-range
Pulling-power (only today have pulled 3 cars out of snow ;-)
Dealer Service (Blackshaw's of Alnwick)
4x4 height/style without negative overtones - folk let you out ;-)
Hybrid ladder+monocoque chassis - best of both worlds for off/on-road performance
Comfort / cubby-holes / boot+folding-seats
Petrol a bit £££ ? (but it is permanent 4x4 and 2L)
Feels a bit underpowered on inclines sometimes
No locknuts ? (bought afterwards)
Maybe perceived as a 'girly' car? Until you keep driving where others keep slipping/sliding ;-)
Could do with cruise
Last year basically had a Kia Sorento 3.5v6 Auto (fitted new tyres) that often couldn't even reverse up a slight snow-slope unto our yard as it decided which wheel needed grip. In the 'Suzy, stick it in 4H-lock and I kept reversing in/out in current snow/ice till I just got bored.... ;-)
Find a good lo-mileage example with FSH & you have all the 4x4 you need for this weather....
2006 Grand Vitara 5 Door Automatic
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.0 16v 5dr Auto (Review date: 30th November '10)
The Grand Vitara is a bit greedy on fuel and off course at over £400 the road tax is a total rip off.
We bought it brand new in 2006 and apart from new front discs ( under warranty ) the car has only needed routine servicing.
It's a great car, comfy and looks good in black. Genourous room for four adults and 2 large dogs. 3 people on sitting on the real seat is a bit of a squeeze.
The 4 wheel drive combined with the auto gearbox is totally efficient. Deep snow and mud are no problem to this car. It comes as standard with quality Bridgestone tyres that have good roadholding in wet or dry conditions.
The Suzuki main dealer Arch Suzuki in Airdrie has given us first class service throughout our ownership of the Vitara. Better customer service than we received from the Mercedes main dealer where we bought our new CLK Convertible.
All things taken into account the car was a good buy at just over £17000 with a few extras added in. A little bit of " wood " trim would go a long way in enhancing the appearance of the dasboard. That's something that Suzuki shoould thing of supplying as a acessory. They are available on the open market although they are not genuine Suzuki parts.
In conclusion I would recommend a Suzuki Grand Vitara to anyone.