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As capable off road, as it is on road

By AdFeatures  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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The Suzuki Grand Vitara DDiS is currently showing its rivals – such as the Jeep Patriot and the Toyota RAV4 – how it’s done.

Not only is the Grand Vitara great value for money, but it’s well built, is capable of both on and off-roading (the low-range gearbox and 4 wheel drive help with this, especially on tough terrain), and has an impressive diesel option; the 1.9 litre DDiS turbodiesel engine (with 127bhp) is very impressive, being more economical than its petrol alternatives and enabling a nice, smooth ride (the diesel returns 41.5 mpg).

Safety-wise, the Grand Vitara has a 4 star Euro NCAP rating due to its anti-lock brakes with brake force distribution and the fact it has plenty of airbags. Other practicalities of the car include a large boot (which is easy to load) and extra storage space under the floor of the boot.

Perhaps the biggest point to be made about the Suzuki Grand Vitara is its value for money; the cost of this car (around £23,875 OTR price for the DDiS diesel option) does well against its rivals, and includes power steering, automatic air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels and much more as standard.

So how about its Toyota and Jeep equivalents?

The Toyota RAV4, while similar in many ways, isn’t quite as convenient and practical as the Grand Vitara; the side-hinged rear door can seem clunky and tiresome, putting some potential Toyota owners off. The road noise has also been referred to as one of the RAV4’s problems, and the manual gearbox can be awkward to use. It also doesn’t handle quite as well; the steering is nowhere near as precise as that of the Grand Vitara, and the Toyota RAV4 has been described as ‘cumbersome’ by many a reviewer.

The Jeep Patriot, meanwhile, doesn’t compare with the Grand Vitara on many levels, the most important subject being that of safety. This is mainly because it hasn’t been crash tested by the Euro NCAP, meaning the safety and reliability of the car is hard to judge. It’s also less suited to off-road driving, which is often a deal-breaker with people looking to buy this type of vehicle. Like the Toyota RAV4, the steering isn’t very precise and the road and engine noise can often get in the way of a relaxing drive. On a purely superficial level, the plastic in the cabin of the Jeep has been called cheap-looking (again putting some drivers off), and also concerning the interior, a small disadvantage is the lack of legroom in the rear middle seat due to the floor being raised. Resale values of the Jeep Patriot are another one of its biggest cons compared to its opponents.

If you’re looking for new or used Suzuki cars, Tracks – who have showrooms in Exeter and Taunton – can help you with all your needs; let them tell you about the different Suzuki models, including new and used Suzuki Vitara vehicles. All new cars bought from Tracks (both Exeter and Taunton) come with a lifetime 100,000 mile warranty.

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