The Grand Vitara was exceptionally easy to drive, with good all round visibility.
Ease of Use
The Grand Vitara was exceptionally easy to drive, with good all round visibility. The controls were all ergonomically laid out and not long after taking delivery of our test vehicle driving the Suzuki felt like second nature. The vehicle we tested was equipped with parking sensors which made parking more reassuring for such a large vehicle. The audio controls on the steering wheel made it easier to adjust without taking your hand off the wheel. We particularly liked the large wing mirrors which enabled very clear side visibility, particularly important in a high sided vehicle.
Safety and Security
The Grand Vitara is equipped with driver and front passenger airbags, child proof rear door locks, height adjustable seat head restraints, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, side impact protection beams, collapsible steering column, high mounted stop lamp, headlamp levelling device, height adjustable front seatbelt anchorages, immobiliser, steering lock, visible V.I.N., the ABS brakes are enhanced with EBD. The only things missing are an alarm and side airbags.
Comfort and Refinement
The Grand Vitara cabin is exceptionally spacious with excellent head room although the front passenger foot well was intruded into (we assume by the A/C unit), reducing leg room. Air conditioning is now standard on all 5 door models and is a very welcome addition, especially with the amount of glass in the Vitara. The seats were firm but comfortable even on long journeys. The electrically adjustable door mirrors were particularly useful when we changed drivers although we found the seat adjustment controls awkward to operate with the driver’s door closed as there was not much room for our hands. The driver’s seat is height adjustable which is helpful for the taller and shorter driver. Courtesy lights operate with the central locking giving you reassurance when returning to the car at night.
Grand Vitara Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Suzuki 2.0 litre 16v Petrol Engine|
|Body Type||5-Door (Four Wheel Drive)|
|Colour||Cassis red pearl/Silky silver metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13.4 seconds|
|Top Speed||93 mph|
|Fuel Type||Petrol - Unleaded|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||34.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||3|
|Warranty||3-year/60,000 mile vehicle warranty (whichever comes first)|
6-year perforation warranty
3-year 24 hour roadside assistance
|Price (when tested on the 22/07/03)||£ 15,938.00 (Including £950 automatic transmission option as tested)|