The Suzuki Grand Vitara has long been known for its exceptional off-road capabilities and rugged design. With its latest model, Suzuki has taken the Grand Vitara to new heights, offering a range of exciting features and improvements that are sure to impress adventurers, as well as keep it up to date to compete with the rest of the Compact/cross over SUV
In this review article, we will delve into the details of the new Grand Vitara, exploring its updated exterior styling, refined interior, advanced technology, and enhanced performance.
Engine: 1.5L 4-cylinder N/A petrol
Transmission: 4-speed Automatic, FWD
Torque: 138 Nm
Fuel consumption:6L/100km (claimed)
Price: R359 900
The fresh arrival has undergone a complete rejuvenation. The chassis is wider and longer. The new exterior design exudes a bolder and chic aura, far surpassing its predecessor.
The front end flaunts newly incorporated LED headlights and DRLs, accompanied by a sleek black radiator grille enveloped in a charming chrome accent. Mirroring the front’s transformation, the rear lights have also been revamped, now showcasing an LED taillights bar gracefully positioned along the center of the tailgate.
I must admit, I am particularly a fan of this new design, especially when admiring it from the rear.
The GL model with its sleek painted alloy wheels. But if you’re willing to invest a little bit more, indulge in the fully loaded GLX model. It boasts polished two-tone wheels, a sunroof, and more.
GL model you get painted alloy wheels, which looks a bit dull, but if you just add a little bit more cash you can get yourself the fully kitted GLX model that comes with polished two-tone wheels, sunroof, and more…
Interior and Practicality
Step inside the cabin and you’ll find a refreshed interior complete with a new dashboard design. Although the controls may feel familiar, The build and finish quality have been significantly improved, a testament to Suzuki’s reputation for durability. The seats are now even more comfortable, with thick side bolstering that adds to the enjoyment of long drives.
Although Suzuki overlooked adding USB-C ports in the Vitara, rejoice in the fact that it now comes equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. there are ample storage bins throughout the cabin that will definitely be convenient for long journeys.
While the Vitara may have overlooked USB-C ports, it more than makes up for it with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Effortlessly access these features from the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. And for the flagship All-Grip Hybrid model, wireless charging is also included.
When it comes to practicality, the Suzuki Grand Vitara surpasses its predecessor, the Vitara Breza. With a wider and longer body, there is now more legroom and shoulder room to comfortably accommodate three adults. The slight decrease in boot space from 318L to 310L isn’t visually noticeable, and folding the rear seats into a 60:40 split configuration provides an expansive 1147L of luggage space.
Performance and Drive
How does it Drive?
Beneath the car’s hood lies the reliable K15B 1.5L four-cylinder engine, boasting 77kW of power and 138Nm of torque. This engine is matched with a 4-speed Automatic transmission, although it can be a bit finicky when it comes to gear selection, particularly at lower speeds in urban areas. However, once you hit the highway, the revving eases off significantly, settling around 3200 rpm.
If you’re someone who shares my dislike for the transmission’s behavior, it might be worth considering the 5-speed manual option, which offers more control. Additionally, the newest iteration of the Suzuki Grand Vitara is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission exclusively in the flagship all-grip Hybrid version.
On the road, the Grand Vitara provides a smooth and effortless driving experience, thanks to its well-calibrated suspension. The vehicle maintains composure, even on uneven surfaces. The light steering also contributes to its overall smoothness, particularly when navigating narrow streets in urban areas.
Although Suzuki claims a fuel consumption of 6L/100km, our testing revealed a slightly higher average of 7.1L, surpassing the claimed figure.
So, should you purchase one?
Without a doubt, yes. While I personally have reservations about the 4-speed automatic transmission, as I mentioned earlier, it is still a dependable option if you don’t stress over minor occasional shifts or indecisiveness. If you’re not comfortable with manual transmission or your budget doesn’t allow for the flagship model with the 6-speed automatic, I say go for it.
To conclude, the Suzuki Grand Vitara offers exceptional value for your money. It has a well-established reputation for longevity, with many owners reporting decades of reliable use. Additionally, Suzuki boasts an extensive and trustworthy support network, ensuring assistance is readily available should you encounter any issues with your vehicle.
Competitively priced, this Suzuki Grand Vitara GL Auto will set you back R359 900, this price comes. it comes bundled with a 5-year / 200 000 km promotional warranty and a 6-year / 90 000 km service plan with 15 000 km intervals.
while the rest of the range is priced as follows
|Grand Vitara 1.5 GL 5MT||R339 900|
|Grand Vitara 1.5 GLX 5MT||R397 900|
|Grand Vitara 1.5 GLX 4AT||R417 900|
|Grand Vitara 1.5 GLX 6AT Hybrid AllGrip||R529 900|