By John Catral
The Grand Vitara is a hard-working, hard-wearing 4×4 that is more then capable when the going gets tough. It has a low-ratio gearbox as standard, which helps give it very good off-road control, especially when climbing and descending steep hills. On the road the Vitara does not perform so well, you get a bouncy ride and it does not grip well in the corners. However, this is typical of other off-road vehicles in its class.
Inside the long-wheelbase version you can comfortably fit 4 adults, there is space for a fifth, but for short journeys only. In the short-wheelbase version back seat passengers can feel cramped, especially on long journeys. The boot is large and will accommodate all 4 passengers luggage. There is a seven-seater version called the XL-7, which is a genuine 7 seater with plenty of space even in the 3rd row. Boot space of course suffers in this configuration.
The 1.6 or 2.0 petrol versions are a good choice if fuel economy worries you. However, if you can afford to run a V6 2.5 or 2.7 version do so, they perform the best of all. Fuel economy is not much worse than for the smaller models and the ride is much smoother. It is best to avoid the 2.0 diesels, because they are noisy and struggle on motorways or dual carriageways.
Insurance costs are similar to those of the competition. The 5-seater V6, 2.0 petrol and turbo-diesels are in insurance group 12. The 3-door 1.6 version, both soft-top and hard-top, are group 10. The cost of servicing can be high due mostly to the fact that the service has to be done every 6,000 miles. Fuel economy is not bad, the turbo-diesel does about 39 mpg, the 1.6 mpg does about 36mpg, the 2.0 does 30mpg and the V6 does around 27mpg.
Faulty switchgear and controls are a known issue on used Vitaras. Examine and test all knobs and switches to make sure everything that they control is working correctly. If you find a fault after you have brought the car, it can be very expensive to repair. As a rule Vitara engines are sound and reliable, but the car must have been well-maintained for this to be the case. Thoroughly check the bumpers, underside and suspension for damage sustained during off-road use. V6s and diesels versions were recently re-called due to a suspension issue. Make sure the used Vitara you choose had this potential fault fixed.
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