Used Suzuki Grand Vitara (1998 - 2005) Safety & Reliability

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



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    3 out of 5

Three-star Euro NCAP rating is below average, but all new cars have ABS with EBD and dual front airbags. ABS was optional on some models before this date. Immobiliser and central locking only. An alarm might be wise for urban dwellers.

3.5 out of 5


Built in Canada, but build quality is as good as Suzukis built in Japan. Suzuki has good reputation for reliability so problems, if any, should be minor.

Car check problem points


Check for off-roading damage.


Make sure there is a full service history.


Accessories should be fitted by a dealer or a specialist.