Used Suzuki Grand Vitara (2005 - 2014) Safety & Reliability

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
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.

4 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Child Protection Rating

    3 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    3 out of 5

The Grand Vitara gained a four star rating from Euro NCAP for occupant safety - good for this type of car. Standard Suzuki Grand Vitara safety equipment is good with ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, dual front, side, and front and rear curtain airbags. All cars have remote central locking and an immobiliser. For 2009, the Grand Vitara also comes with indicator side repeaters mounted in the door mirrors and ESP stability control as standard.

4 out of 5


Like many Japanese manufacturers, Suzuki has a reputation for mechanical durability. Some past products have suffered from a slightly flimsy interior, but this is not the case on this car. Like the Swift, the Suzuki Grand Vitara reliability is strong because it has been designed and engineered for European buyers from the outset. That means a quality interior with a high-grade finish.

Time will tell if it proves to be reliable, but there is currently no cause for concern.

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