Suzuki Grand Vitara 2017 Review
When you think about buying a new car at less than P 1.3-million, the obvious choice would be a compact sedan or hatchback. But for those who want something different, there's actually a compact crossover that fits your budget. The Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited Edition is the vehicle for those seeking a more adventurous lifestyle that doesn't break the bank.
The current Suzuki Grand Vitara has been in the market for some time. Yet, it never seems to age. With the exception of the rear-door mounted spare tire, the boxy and angular styling remain timeless.
Compared to the regular Grand Vitara, the Limited Edition adds a bit more visual flair. Exclusive to this model is the dark chrome front grille, silver roof rails, and at each corner, Dark Silver 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, it lives up to the promise of offering all the space you'll ever need. The dashboard design itself is simple and straightforward with the new champagne-silver accents setting it apart from the regular Grand Vitara. There's an equal emphasis on the "Sport" too. The instruments are nestled in three deep binnacles while the three-spoke steering wheel is covered in leather and the shifter having a gated pattern. Even the seats aren't covered in leather, but in a special sporty fabric material.
The "Utility" aspect of the Grand Vitara is showcased by its capability to load just about everything. The second row actually folds down and even tumbles up allowing it to fit several large boxes. There are also numerous storage compartments scattered around.
Another great news is that Suzuki has upgraded the Grand Vitara's infotainment system. Loading it with an Android-based touchscreen system with GPS it plays a wide variety of entertainment formats including video. This infotainment system also acts as the backup camera that helps in maneuvering in tight spaces.
Using a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine equipped with variable valve timing or VVT, the Grand Vitara serves up a commendable 168 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 227 Nm of torque at 3,800 rpm. It makes this 2WD compact crossover feel spritely, especially in urban traffic.
That said, the Grand Vitara's gearbox is a gear or two down the competition. With just 4 forward gears, there's always a slight delay whenever you demand an up- or downshift. A Power mode does help things a bit, but also at the expense of fuel economy.
That small chink aside, the Grand Vitara remains a capable and comfortable crossover whether it be tackling everyday Manila traffic or taking the twists and turns of Kennon Road on the way to Baguio.
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