2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara | new car review

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 by
2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 77,000 - 95,000
  • 4.57/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 4.57 stars
  • 7 Reviews

  • Grand Vitara
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  • Last modified: December 14, 2014
  • Exterior
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    User: 82%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
    User: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
    User: 79%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
    User: 74%
  • Performance
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    User: 83%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%
    User: 79%

Review Summary:

Much like an international criminal, the is a that has been around since 1988 and takes on different identities around the world. Formerly known as the Sidekick in the United States of America, it is now referred to as the Vitara in a few markets and the Grand Vitara in a few others, including our very own, United Arab Emirates.

Pros

The Suzuki Grand Vitara is cheaper and better looking than its rivals.

Cons

The interior is a bit shoddy for a car that almost tips into the AED 100,000 range.

Looks

Currently in its third generation, the Grand Vitara looks better than ever before. Flaunting a revised grille, bumper and headlamps, the 2015 model of the compact Japanese SUV showcases a handsome form. As far as the front end goes, there’s no differentiating between the three door and five door variants, but make your way to the rear and the different tail lamp clusters are a giveaway.

2014 Suzuki Grand Vitara front side

Feels

Following in the footsteps of its siblings, the Suzuki Grand Vitara houses circular A/C vents and a rather simple, plastic  laden dashboard. The 440mm length difference in the three door and five door model thankfully aren’t seen in the leg space department, but actually in boot space that reduces drastically from 1,386 litres in the five door variant, to 964 litres in three door guise. As far as equipment is concerned, the 2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara doesn’t disappoint with cruise control, automatic air conditioning and a CD tuner with MP3 capability and an AUX port.

2014 Suzuki Grand Vitara interior

Engineering

The Grand Vitara’s 4-mode 4×4 system transmits power to all four wheels at all times, ensuring positive traction regardless of road surface. A switch built into the centre console allows a quick and easy swap between 4H for most driving conditions, 4H Lock for serious off-roading, 4L Lock for extreme surface conditions.

2014 Suzuki Grand Vitara front

On offer

Just one engine is available in the Grand Vitara, a 2.4 litre 4 cylinder which whips out 167 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 227 Nm of torque at 3,800 RPM. Though there’s no choice when it comes to the engine, there is a choice with the transmission – a 5 speed manual or a 4 speed automatic; I guess it all boils down to whether you’ve got an active left leg, really.

2014 Suzuki Grand Vitara front - 2

Verdict

Priced just below the Toyota RAV4 and Mitsubishi Outlander, it is unlikely that price alone will be a sole factor in which people opt for one over the other. I for one, lean towards the 2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara, based on its looks and nothing else.

2014 Suzuki Grand Vitara rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Engine/ Cylinders2.4 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
167 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
227 Nm @ 3,800 RPM
Tranmission5 speed manual / 4 speed automatic
DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h12.0 secs
Top speed170 km/h
PriceAED 77,000 - 95,000

19 Responses to 2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara | new car review

  1. Angel Reply

    August 8, 2016 at 6:02 pm

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    • Rated 4 stars

    Excellent performance, great looks only the sound systen could be improved.

  2. Bertrand Reply

    March 11, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Hi,
    recently bought a suzuki grand vitara and the ride is atrocious! what can i do to improve it?

  3. Saju Joseph Reply

    January 15, 2016 at 9:50 pm

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    Interior is not very good. There is no additional facilities available including clock which was very important. Dubai showroom give cheep Chineese navigator system after charge me AED 2500 which is not fair because the actual price of this system is AED 700 in the market.There is no clock available in the car and fuel efficiency is below 9 KM/L in an average traffic in Dubai.
    How ever the engine is powerful.

  4. Dennis Reply

    October 4, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Anybody who owned 2015 model grand vitara here experienced engine belt snapped at 5 months or 7 thousand kms.??? I’m not expecting but it happened to me luckily I’m going to a parking slot when it happen.

  5. muhammad Farhan Ahmed Reply

    September 30, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I have 2006 model Escudo which is also called as grand vitara in some countries. The shape is still coming till 2014 with little facelift. My experience with this compact SUV is excellent. Previously also I held Grand vitara XL-7 since it was bigger engine (2.7 ltr V-6) therefore it has higher fuel intake however, this SUV is only 2.0 ltr therfore it consumes less fuel. Infact I dont check regualry but few times when I checked itcame out to be 9kms/ltr in city with AC.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      September 30, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Hi Farhan,

      Great having you on the site. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with this vehicle, I’m sure it will help a lot of our readers.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  6. Sunil Reply

    September 17, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Can I get the brochure download link for the Grand Vitra Online which is sold in oman , In Showroom its not available
    Thank you

  7. Raj Reply

    July 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm

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    • Rated 5 stars

    Bought this month & found there was 4WD warning message on the dash board on the very next day & hit the service station. It was found to be due to electronics fault in the fuel pump which got fixed and so far the experience has been excellent.Amazing ride quality & overall very happy with my first car.
    However, just wanted other users’ opinion on the mileage part which for me on the lower side (~8kmpl).

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      July 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Raj,

      Glad to hear your issue was sorted swiftly and competently. Good luck and enjoy your new ride!

      Regards,

      Zaran

  8. gt Reply

    July 12, 2015 at 7:50 am

    ok

  9. kkk Reply

    June 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    SZR showroom sales person claims the 2.4l vitara is very efficient at 12 km per litre of petrol. Any actual users can comment what their fuel consumption is? It’s time we be careful on fuel consumption – I hear there is perhaps a serious proposal to cut subsidies on petrol and soon it could cost like 3 Dhs a litre!

    • kkk Reply

      June 21, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Some feedback on the Grand vitara fuel consumption/ Economy, anyone? Gotta decide quickly between the GV and outlander

  10. Bijumon Reply

    April 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    May i know when the new model (i mean back door opening upwards and spare tyre kept in the boot) of Grand Vitara arriving in UAE? Please advise.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      April 26, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Hi Bijumon,

      Hope you’re well.

      Personally, we haven’t heard of any dates just yet, but according to sources at the Sheikh Zayed Road showroom, it is unlikely to come here before 2017.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  11. Sanjay bhojawala Reply

    March 8, 2015 at 11:57 am

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    • Rated 4 stars

    Value for money. I guess no other better 4wd at this price on this planet.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      March 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Sanjay,

      You’re absolutely right. For the money, the Grand Vitara is a stellar package.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  12. Orson Reply

    February 7, 2015 at 11:23 am

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    Great suv, can be a bit thirsty but is very reliable and has got amazing 4×4 capability.

  13. tom Reply

    December 13, 2014 at 11:27 am

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    suv road of/on

  14. a Reply

    December 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

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    • Rated 5 stars

    vitara is best

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