From Towcar Awards 2008
List price: £16,515 (when tested)
85% Match: 1415kg
Max towing weight: 2000kg
Towball limit: 75kg
THE BEST THING about the Grand Vitara is the price. For £16,000, this is a lot of car for the money, with enough interior space for a family of five.
Without a caravan behind it, the Suzuki handles well enough but, as a towcar, it’s some way short of the best. In the lane-change test the car was pushed around by the van. The ATC unit recorded a high peak reading of over 0.9G. The driving judges noticed it was slow to settle down after even small steering inputs.
Against the stopwatch, the Suzuki covered 30-60mph in a respectable 21.5 seconds, and was happy to hold the legal limit in top gear. However, the noisy engine would be irritating on a long drive.
A big boot, a well-written manual and a 12V socket in the boot won practicality points.
Buying & owning: 3/5
A solid performer at the price, if a bit noisier than we’d like.
Braking 30-0mph 13.26m
|85% KW||1415 kg|
|Towball Limit||75 kg|
|Maximum Towing Limit||2000 kg|