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Suzuki Grand Vitara Ltd Review

January 1st, by Darren Cottingham

It was in the paper that Australians are being to eat camel meat. From an 6000 that originally the north-south route through in the late 19th Century, and build Australia’s great the Ghan, the population has swelled to 700,000 and a million those sure like getting it in the stinking hot weather more us humans do.

And to a chorus of ‘speak for I proffer my next astute if each camel is holding an of 100 litres of water in its body known to drink up to 70 litres at a and that’s all stored in the blood, not the as some people believe), 100,000,000 litres of water around in belching, flatulating That sounds like a amount, and it is it’s 40 Olympic pools’ worth a small

Why am I telling you this? Suzuki a batch of us journalists out to Ayers and the surrounds to sample the new Grand in something a bit more challenging the traffic-calming chicanes of Grey It was a choking haze of red dust up by our convoy of Grand Vitaras concealed frequent salvos of place ruts in the arid

Add into the mix a landscape that vary significantly for several kilometres, spattered with mounds and prickly Spinifex it is anything but lush, the vegetation for life and sipping through a narrow straw.

Life’s in the outback, and therefore a good for the Grand Vitara. It is undoubtedly than the previous model the longer wheelbase version our current test car. I all the models on some moderately terrain.

Only once did it fail to get up a and that was on road tyres an angle that made me twice about attempting it.

But not the ruggedness that will to most Grand Vitara it’s the comfort levels, economy and safety. Fortunately have also been The new Vitara drives more a car not quite like a car, but not far This means it’s stable through the corners, and the wheelbase version doesn’t so much on bumpy roads.

The long wheelbase version our test car), is the one to go for, with the 2.4-litre VVT four-cylinder It’s gruntier than the car, shovelling 122kW of through all four wheels. new engine is mated to the four-speed gearbox from the previous The engine range is said by to be quieter than before, the V6 showing a 2dB reduction in volume.

Suzuki will tell you significant, but 3dB is considered the threshold at people notice a change in so it’s probably only over very long where noise fatigue become an issue.

Electronic control is standard, as is six airbags, disk brakes all round, and control. A useful function also makes the Grand a proper four-wheel drive) is the differential and low-range ratios so you can get axle deep in the sand. The V6 Ltd model also features a descent mode, which we put to use on a steep off-road track in the

Passengers are accommodated nicely. enough room for five without too much problem, and a boot which also a marsupial-like hidden pouch in the so that you can put items like a out of view.

This 2.4-litre Ltd gets leather trim, a mirror-mounted side indicators and a (plus subwoofer) sound In the hot desert sun, you’ll the climate control air conditioning. The display has been moved the centre console into the cluster – making it easier to an eye on instantaneous fuel consumption, fuel consumption, driving temperature, trip meters or speed – and freeing up some in the dash for a centre speaker

the long wheelbase model is over the rutted roads. At one on an unrestricted road, we were one hundred. Miles per hour. The Vitara felt almost Luke Skywalker’s Land in the arid Tatooine gliding over the corrugations.

Fortunately there were no Rats to worry about Wars in-joke), and we just had to pay for kangaroos, and the aforementioned camels.

that in my whole time and despite taking a helicopter and keeping my eyes metaphorically I did not see one camel. I consoled myself the fact that the Grand is an enjoyable drive, even on roads, and that despite my I wouldn’t get the hump.

Suzuki much initiated the compact SUV but it now has to contend with the likes of CR-V and Toyota’s RAV4, of which are excellent competitors. a slightly better price and a specification, Suzuki is proving it the value for money required in market.

Click through to the next to read the full specifications of the Grand Vitara range.

. $40,400 (2.4-litre Ltd)

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At this price, great value

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