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Suzuki Grand Vitara

Having ceased production in the UK in 2005, the Suzuki Grand Vitara is still a worthy seven-seater to take into account when you are looking for a larger car. The Suzuki brand is most notable for its high-revving motorcycles but it does have some very capable road cars, too.

Suzuki Grand Vitara

Suzuki Grand Vitara pictured above.

Aimed at Families

The Vitara has been a hit since the early 90s with surfers, thanks to the open-roof of early cars, and it was one of the first SUVs to hit the roads. Since early 2000, the Vitara was aimed at families rather than surf-dudes and that brought about the introduction of the XL-7. With seven seat vehicles being thin on the ground back then, yet again Suzuki were pushing the boundaries of what the market demanded and it's taken a good 10 years for other manufacturers to cotton onto the fact.

Purchase Price

The XL-7 was built until 2005, but it still has modern looks and many functional features that make it a contender today. Eight years ago the list price for an XL-7 was around £20,000 whilst now a second hand used model can cost as little as £2,000!!

Largest Engine

The 7-seat Suzuki comes with the largest and most powerful of engines, the 2.7-litre V6. It's one of the old-school diesels so it can be a little noisy and thrashy, but it's certainly effective. The Vitara is one of the most versatile of off-roaders. It has good ground clearance but it handles well, and has good damping, which makes the ride compliant.

Suzuki Grand Vitara rear seats

Suzuki Grand Vitara rear seats pictured above.


The Vitara XL-7 is equipped with twin airbags for the front passengers and anti-lock brakes, with electronic brake force distribution. It hits 103mph and reaches the 0-60mph benchmark figure in 10.2 seconds, making it a worthy on-road car too. The CO2 emissions are fairly high, at 285g/km CO2 for the V6, but if you consistently drive around with seven people on board, it can offset the emissions to a lowly 40g/km per person, which doesn't seem so bad.


Inside, the Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 there is 1,492-litres of space although the access is fairly narrow. There are many additional cubby-holes and storage spaces to take advantage of, though. There is air-conditioning, and upmarket materials are found on the dash and seating, and there is a four-speaker CD/radio system. It's certainly not something you would associate with being six or more years old.


The Vitara is well-equipped too, with power steering, remote-controlled central locking, electric windows and mirrors, as well as an adjustable steering wheel. Alloy wheels and a cool looking body kit make it an all-rounder, in terms of street-cred and keeping up with modern times. The optional roof bars means it’s able to carry 46kgs on the roof, and makes for more load lugging capacity for the seven-seater.


If you want to save yourself a few bob and don't mind a car that is a few years old, then the seven-seater Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 is a great choice.


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