Suzuki Grand Vitara Summit
Since Suzuki came back with force as a car manufacturer in South Africa a few years ago, I have been continuously impressed with their vehicles. When I got the very good looking Grand Vitara dropped off, I was once again expecting to be impressed. Visually, it’s a very good looking appealing car and everything is where it should be inside. It has a low range abled 4×4 system and it handles itself extremely well. All in all it seemed like the right car for Suzuki and a good option in the SUV market. Though at just under R370, 000.00 it is more expensive than I initially thought it would be – I thought this was the top of the range, if so, it prices itself with some stiff competition.
The problem with the 2, 4 litre motor is that it is quite heavy on fuel. This is expected on this type of vehicle, but even so, it was still heavy – especially when you don’t get enough grunt on the motor. It seemed very sluggish for its size motor. It’s effective but lacks that little bit more.
Interior wise it’s nicely spread out, the seating is extremely comfortable and driving the Suzuki is a relaxing experience. I like how the dash has been laid out and it has all the functionality and everything you would need. The more I drove the vehicle, the more I realised it isn’t a SUV as much as it is a Soccer Mom’s car. It does have all the 4×4 capabilities and it handles itself in this way extremely well. It sits high but you feel comfortable in both traffic and off road as well. The interior space is excellent and the boot space is significant. Back seats have a lot of space so will be perfect for kids and all their school cases.
I preferred the SX4 to the Grand Vitara and I think that was my biggest disappointment with the bigger SUV, but with that being said it is still a good SUV. It does what it does well and it looks really good doing it! Suzuki has come a long way in the last few years and this is another vehicle that pushes the brand further. I think it’s a brave car to put into the market with so many other good SUV’s in that category but Suzuki are growing and probably the entry level model will be more successful as it’s best value from the range.
This will be a good road trip vehicle, it has nice boot space and with low range 4×4 settings it can handle a lot of what the off beaten track will demand of it. The ample space means it will work nicely for the avid golfer, the soccer mom and the horse riding enthusiast.
- Subaru XV 2,0i-S – R335,000.00
- Renault Koleos 2,5 Dynamique 4 x 4 – R319,900.00
- Honda CR-V 2,4 i-VTEC Elegance – R399,900.00
- Nissan X-Trail 2,5 4×4 SE – R353,900.00
Specs Worth Noting:
- Price: R370,000.00
- Engine Size: 2,4 litre Petrol
- Diff Lock: Yes
- Low Range: No
- Full Time 4×4: Yes
- Gearbox: 5-Speed Manual
- Power Output: 122kW@6000rpm
- Torque: 225Nm@4000rpm
- Park Distance Control: No
- Brakes: ABS, EBD, ESP and BAS.