2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara Review
Owner review by: James
Model: Grand Vitara
Spec level: 4X4
Engine capacity: 2.4-litre
Fuel type: Petrol
Owned: 4 years
Uses: Family car | Work | Second car
PROS: Quality | Reliability | Seats
CONS: Cargo space | Fuel economy | Practicality
Would you buy this car again? NO
What car would you buy? JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
Well, I think it’s a real shame that Suzuki has moved from the real 4WD Suzuki GV to the all-new AWD cheaper, smaller, city car version.
I bought my Grand Vitara back in 2012, just after the final styling update came out in dealers. It’s the 4X4 model, which means it has a genuine low-range transfer case.
I’ve always wondered about the Grand Vitaras as I’ve seen them crossing the Simpson Desert and seen more than a few getting about the outback.
As I expected it is a beautifully built car and it’s solid as. The interior is very comfortable, with the seating being a standout and the way everything falls to hand around the driver is impressive. I can spend all day at the wheel and not feel tired.
The dealer service has been great with two front suspension issues being fixed immediately. One was an undersized swaybar mounting bush and the other was an issue with bushes in a front lower control arm. Aside from that the GV has been trouble free and has recently clocked over 40,000kms.
The down sides are fuel consumption and boot space. Being a four-speed auto, the GV will only manage around 10 l/100km around town although this will drop to 8.4l/100km out on the highway.
I’ve found you can jam a lot in the boot, more than you’d think, but it’s still too small for anyone with one or more young kids, like me. Getting the pram and all of the gear for a trip to fit is a challenge.