2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara | new car review

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 by









The Grand Vitara is a from that, like the rest of the Japanese manufacturer’s range, aims to offer a value for money alternative to the more mainstream brands.

The latest model arrived in the Middle East at the end of 2008 and aims to take on the likes of the Honda CR-V and Mitsubishi Outlander. It’s available in both three and five-door variants and with three different engines.

The Grand Vitara purports to be ready, with four-wheel drive and features like hill-descent control, differential locks and a low ratio mode (on selected models) for the really serious dune-bashers.

The entry-level Grand Vitara is the three-door only JX trim, which is available with either a 1.6-litre engine or a 2.4-litre unit. The 1.6 makes a rather weedy 105bhp, while the 2.4 has a bit more grunt with its 165bhp and 225Nm of torque. The 1.6 rides on steel wheels and is only available with a five-speed manual gearbox and doesn’t have locking diffs or the low ratio gearbox, while the 2.4 has the option of a four-speed automatic transmission and comes with the necessary off-road tech.

The five-door JLX trim level is also available with a choice of two engines. The 2.4-litre option comes with 17-inch alloys and a keyless entry and start smart key, as well as rear electric windows and a full spare wheel cover.

The top-level Grand Vitara JLX comes with a 3.2-litre V6 engine producing 230bhp and is only available with a five-speed automatic gearbox. Features include a sunroof, leather seats, cruise control and ESP.

Standard safety features on all models include ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution, which helps keep the car stable in the event of an emergency stop. ISOFIX child seat mountings and dual front airbags are also standard.

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