Added: 15th of October 2016
Generally a good practical car for all round all year urban and rural use. Comfortable for main road and motorway driving, also fine on minor roads and off road. Big enough to be useful, whilst short and slim enough for parking and narrow roads. Routine maintenance and repairs can be expensive on an older vehicle, but breakdowns are rare or non existent. From the drivers point of view, the Grand Vitara seats and suspension are not as good as the earlier Vitara, but passengers prefer them. More load space would be useful, but that would mean a larger vehicle, and the relatively compact footprint is an advantage. Access to load space is excellent, whether for shopping or heavier loads. It's a very robust vehicle on poorly maintained lanes and farm tracks, four wheel drive is useful with bad weather or rough ground, and the wheelbase high enough to deal with most bumps, rocks, and minor flood water. The moderately high wheelbase is also helpful with lower spine problems and related strain injuries, the Vitaras are very easy to get in or out, compared with lower vehicles. This model has several useful stowage spaces for jack , tools or whatever. The electronics are not up to date of course, but the provision of 12v power outlets enables ad hoc updates. Fuel consumption is similar to my earlier cars, probably more than a lot of modern cars, but a car that will get me there in comfort without getting stuck is more useful than one that saves a bit on fuel costs.