2009 Suzuki XL7 | new car review

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 by

The XL7 is ’s mid-sized SUV, which seats seven and sports some sharp, unusual lines.

The first generation of the XL7 was essentially a stretched Grand Vitara, and utterly boring to look at, but Suzuki have, in the last few years, given their designers a good slap around and told them to come up with something more funky, which they duly have.
The XL7 is notable for its flexible seating arrangements – all the seats in the back fold down, as does the front passenger seat, which allows for some serious load-lugging if the passengers can be left at home.

Although the XL7 boasts all-wheel drive, this is no serious off-roader. There’s no low-range option on the five-speed automatic gearbox, and it’s definitely more suited to the road than the dunes. The electronic trickery in the all-wheel-drive system is set up to offer maximum grip and traction on the road – sensors detect if one wheel is losing grip and reroute power to the others to compensate.

2009 Suzuki XL7Just one version of the XL7 is available in the region. It boasts a 3.6-litre V6 engine, which musters up a decent 252bhp. The specification list includes 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and automatic headlights. There are also roof rails and dual chrome exhaust pipes at the back.

Inside, fabric seats are standard although leather is an option. There are two large leather storage areas – one in the centre console and one between the second row of seats, while there are also storage spaces in the door pocket and in an under-floor compartment in the boot. The boot has four hooks mounted in it for hanging belongings, and two for securing luggage.

2009 Suzuki XL7The XL7 sports a decent list of safety and security equipment. Both driver and front-seat passenger get airbags, and there are curtain airbags all the way down the side of the vehicle to the third row. Electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and electronic brake force distribution all help to keep the car under control and stable in the case of a skid, while a tyre-pressure monitoring system makes sure you know if you get a flat.


The XL7 is not nearly as popular as some of its rivals, such as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or Mitsubishi Pajero. But its decent specification and unusual looks may yet win it some fans.

2009 Suzuki XL7


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Price Range (AED) 116,000

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