Used Suzuki Grand Vitara (1998 - 2005) Driving & Performance

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2014
The original Vitara kicked-off the lifestyle 4x4 sector in 1989. The larger Grand Vitara arrived in showrooms in 1998, with chunkier styling, a better interior, comfier ride and more safety kit.
2.5 out of 5


A 1.6 petrol is the smallest unit. It's quite perky and delivers adequate fuel consumption. The 2.0 suits the large body of the Grand Vitara better. The 2.5 V6 comes with automatic transmission as standard and is quite smooth. Five and seven-seat XL-7 models have a 170bhp 2.7 V6. 2.0 TD is of the old school of oil -burners - noisy, harsh and underpowered.

3.5 out of 5


Grand Vitara is one of a handful of lifestyle 4x4s that are good performers off-road. There's four-wheel-drive, good ground clearance and a low-ratio transfer gearbox. It's quite able on-road too, with minimal bodyroll and a compliant ride.