Used Suzuki Grand Vitara (2005 - 2014) Comfort

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
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Whether you love them or loathe them, 'soft-roaders' are here to stay and it's Suzuki who's partly responsible for them. It launched one of the first - the Suzuki Grand Vitara - back in 1988 and set the soft-roader trend that other manufacturers followed.

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

The new model is longer and wider than before and as a result the interior is much roomier making for improved Suzuki Grand Vitara comfort levels. Both the three-door and five-door versions have plenty of headroom, but while rear legroom is good on the five-door, the space in the rear of the three-door is acceptable only for children. The seats in the rear of the shorter car+ lack side support and aren't suitable for longer trips.

Road and wind noise are kept to acceptable levels, but engine noise can be intrusive, especially under heavy acceleration. Changes for 2009 models include improved noise suppression, so the Grand Vitara is much quieter on the road.

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

The wide opening tailgate and high roof means that large and awkwardly-shaped objects are swallowed easily, although loading can be quite tricky as it's quite high off the floor. The load area on the five-door is good, while the boot space offered by the three-door is acceptable for a couple, rather than a family. The seats tumble and fold, which gives even the three-door near van-like practicality if needed.

Both have a hidden storage bin under the boot floor (see boot/load space in the gallery), which is useful for hiding valuables. Inside there's a large glovebox, centre storage bin and bottle holders in the door pockets.

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4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

Although the driver still benefits from a commanding driving position, it's lower than before, which gives it a feeling that's akin to a large family hatchback. It's comfortable, although the steering wheel adjusts for height only and not reach. There's good forward visibility and large wing mirrors, however the rear view can be a bit restricted in the five-door because of the large rear pillars.

The dashboard is attractive and clear with large, chunky buttons for the heating and stereo controls (there are also steering wheel-mounted stereo buttons). The instruments are easy to read and backlit even in daylight. A trip computer in the centre of the dash shows the time, current mpg consumption and the outside temperature.