Known as the Urban, the Suzuki Grand Vitara is a mid-range SUV that meets the Australian market’s constant demand for a two-wheel drive version of the vehicle. As value for money it is difficult to beat with plenty of high-tech crammed into its spacious cabin and controls.
If the touch screen that comes standard with the Grand Vitara becomes difficult to operate when conditions become bumpy, there is a voice control option to compensate and it packs an impressive infotainment platter. A 4-speaker audio system with a dash-mounted CD player, Bluetooth connectivity and auxiliary input are part of the deal. A Garmin satellite navigation system with spoken-word guidance is just one feature of the driver assistance available.
Rear parking sensors, power door mirrors, halogen headlights, stability and traction control, anti-skid braking and a reverse camera provide plenty of help in driving, as well as being great safety features. Front, side and curtain airbags offer further passenger safety, while climate control provides more comfort.
The Suzuki Grand Vitara 2-wheel drive still resembles its 4-wheel drive predecessor in styling although the grille and bumper have been reworked. Power that comes from a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine resides in the rear 17-inch alloy wheels and transmission is available as a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. Although not the ultimate in luxury, this vehicle offers far more than its price category may suggest. It is certain to satisfy those who have waited a long time for Suzuki to produce a 2-wheel drive Grand Vitara.