New Suzuki Offers Maximum Muscle with Minimum Consumption
The current JB Series Grand Vitara came fresh of the boat in Australia back in September 2005 and signaled a change for the Japanese brand’s compact SUV with a move to a modern monocoque chassis with fully independent suspension.
目前巴顿系列的Grand Vitara了新鲜的船在澳大利亚早在2005年9月，并暗示改变对日本品牌的紧凑型SUV ，以转移到一个现代化的单体底盘，完全独立悬挂系统。
Previous Grand Vitara’s got by with an old-school separate chassis and a live rear axle.
As compact SUV’s have had to become multi-talented, easy to drive on the road day to day yet still able to handle the dreamt about off the beaten track holiday, the change was necessary for Suzuki to keep the Grand Vitara on buyers shopping lists.
It appears to have worked as the current shape Grand Vitara is twice as popular with Australians compared to the previous model.
However three years is a long time even in the car world so Suzuki have recently updated the compact SUV with a mid lifecycle facelift.
Look past the new headlight lenses as the big news with the update is under the bonnet.
Gone are the previous petrol models, the 2.0L 4 cylinder petrol engine has been replaced with an all new 2.4L 4 cylinder that we’re testing in luxury ‘Prestige’ trim. The power and torque figures have jumped from the 103 kW and 183 Nm to a more meaty 122 kW and 225 Nm.
已经一去不复返了以前的汽油型号， 2.0升4缸汽油发动机已取代了所有新的2.4L 4缸，我们正在测试的豪华'威望'修剪。功率和扭矩数字已增长了103千瓦和183 nm到更肉122千瓦和225牛米。
For those craving more, V6 lovers can smile with the 135 kW and 250 Nm 2.7L making way for a new 165 kW and 285 Nm 3.2L.
对于那些渴望更多， V6发动机爱好者可以微笑的135千瓦和250海里2.7L决策开辟一条新的165千瓦和285牛米3.2L 。
Like the outgoing models the 4 cylinder continues with a 4 speed auto and the V6 with a 5 speed auto.
The sole DDiS turbo Diesel variant that launched in February 2008 continues with a 5 speed manual.
Design and Engineering
The Grand Vitara can rightfully claim to be a true off-roader unlike the majority of compact SUV’s.
大维特拉可以理所当然地声称自己是一个真正的越野车不同的是多数紧凑型SUV的。 Switch from variable 4WD to constant 4WD and then to low range 4WD lock for when the off-road track turns malicious.
However with optional 18” alloy wheels with relatively low profile tyres the updated Grand Vitara aims to be competitive on road as well.
然而购18 “铝合金轮毂与轮胎相对低姿态的最新的Grand Vitara旨在保持竞争力的道路以及。
As with any well designed SUV the inside of the Grand Vitara has an abundance of incoming natural light with its deep windows and commanding front seating position compared to the traditional sedan.
Furthermore the rear seats are set higher than those in the front so everyone gets a good view out.
Headroom and legroom upfront is ample, however in the rear due to the sunroof, which comes standard on the premium grade, headroom space is at a premium.
The extra large exterior side mirrors are a necessity as the spare wheel is mounted on the rear tail gate, reducing the view rearwards when using the rear view mirror.
The front seats are firm yet are still comfortable on long trips with sufficient lateral support. The leather covered steering wheel is adjustable for height only yet it is easy to get a comfortable driving position.
The modern looking dials are clear and easy to read with the 2009 model year update seeing the LCD trip computer that displays average fuel economy and the outside temperature.
Fit and Finish is of a high quality with a splashing of aluminium look trim lifting the ambience of the dark and smart leather interior.
We’re not sure of the unusual ‘stone’ finish in place of the usual wood grain, however this is purely subjective.
The infotainment system is fully integrated and the climate control system has been updated with an unusual central circle LCD display.
The 6 stacker in dash CD player comes with MP3 support.
We’ve driven a lot of cars in our time and have never seen such a large ESP OFF button as the one in the Grand Vitara’s centre console.
The centre storage bin between the front seats is nice and deep but a bit short in length. Up front are the usual twin cup holders sitting at the base of the centre console.
Moving rearwards the second row bench seat has three adjustable headrests and has a 60/40 split fold.
The rear seats don’t fold fully flat however many compact SUV’s don’t have this valuable feature yet.
The bench seat does however feature a reclining backrest for those times when the kiddies or grandparents want a snooze.
The rear cargo compartment is of a decent size and there is a small under floor compartment to place small items that you don’t wish to be visible from prying eyes looking in. The rear cargo door opens sideways with the assistance of a gas strut, the spare wheel located on the outside of the door adds significant weight resulting in difficulty opening the rear if the vehicle is parked on an angle.
The new petrol 2.4L engine upgrade has improved acceleration, with the 0-100 km/h sprint now taking 11.7 seconds, down from 12.5.
新的2.4L汽油发动机加速升级改进，并0-100 km / h加速冲刺现在正在一十一点七秒，从5月12日。
On the road the Grand Vitara feels adequately powered compared to competing compact SUVs, however the performance is nothing to write home about if you compare it to a similar sized passenger car.
The auto transmission is only a four speed and whilst we had no complaints with it, the 5 speed auto which is standard in the V6 model would slightly improve in gear acceleration and of course fuel economy.
Interior engine noise is relatively quiet at cruising speeds with only the usual thrum from the tyres and the wind hitting the large exterior mirrors at speed.
The brake pedal has a slightly delayed feel, a trait which is also common to many competitors in this segment.
Ride and Handling
The Suzuki Grand Vitara is an easy vehicle to drive, by no means is it an agricultural 4x4.
The ride is firm yet still comfortable, and when the going gets rough off-road the term firm becomes even more appropriate.
If you happen to enter a corner with too much speed you are reminded all too quickly that this isn’ta low riding passenger car.
The high ride necessary to head off-road, soft long travel suspension and a kerb weight of 1640kg results in excessive body roll.
Compared to traditional old school 4x4’s with a separate chassis the handling is very good, it’s just that the Grand Vitara also competes in a class, compact SUV, that includes crossovers such as the Volkswagen Tiguan and the upcoming Ford Kuga, which behave far better on road as they are based of their respective passenger cars, the VW Golf and Ford Focus. However head off road and the advantage swings back in favour of the Grand Vitara.
与传统的老学校四驱车的同一个单独的底盘的处理非常好，这只是该公司的Grand Vitara也是一类，紧凑型SUV ，包括分频器，如大众Tiguan和即将推出的福特Kuga ，这表现远远好于道，因为它们是根据各自的轿车，大众高尔夫和福特福克斯。然而头越野和优势波动回到赞成的Grand Vitara 。
Standard 17” alloys on gold car and optional 18” alloys on black car
标准的17 “黄金合金汽车和可选18 ”合金黑车
Off the beaten track the combination of 200mm of ground clearance and the easy access of the dual-range 4WD transmission with the 4-mode switch in the centre console means that 4WD lock and low range is only a twist of the knob away. Whilst the optional 18” alloys look very smart, the standard 17” wheels are a smarter choice if you’re thinking of ever heading off road, which surely you would in this SUV.
独辟蹊径的结合200的离地间隙和方便的双程四轮传动与4模式开关在中控台意味着四驱车锁和低范围只是扭动旋钮了。虽然可选18 “合金看起来非常聪明，标准17 ”轮是一个明智的选择，如果您正在考虑的时候标题越野，这肯定会在这车。
Buying and owning
The 5-door Prestige variant on test comes complete with leather trim, sunroof, mirror-mounted side indicators, ESP, six SRS airbags, cruise-control, premium 7-speaker (plus subwoofer) sound system and 17-inch alloy wheels.
It ticks the boxes on the safety front with the acronyms ABS, EBD, BAS, standard alongside stability control and traction control.
At $36,990 the Grand Vitara 2.4L Prestige is well equipped and offers good value for money compared to similar priced compact SUVs. The combined fuel consumption of 9.9L per 100km is about right for an SUV of this size and weight, with our time behind the wheel seeing an average of 10.4L per 100km.
在三点六九九万美元的的Grand Vitara 2.4L信誉良好的装备和提供了良好的物有所值类似的价格相比，紧凑型越野车。综合燃料消耗百公里的9.9L左右的SUV的权利这个尺寸和重量，与我们这个时代的背后车轮看到平均10.4L百公里。
If you plan on heading off the main roads, the Grand Vitara is a smart choice as it will probably take you further than its competing compact soft roaders.
However, if you’re a city slicker bear in mind there are other choices that are better suited to on-road driving.
但是，如果你是一个城市雨衣铭记，还有其他的选择，更适合于驾驶。 However for a combination of both on and true off-road ability the Grand Vitara is impressive and gets the nod of approval from us.然而对两者的结合上和真正的越野能力的令人印象深刻的Grand Vitara并得到批准点头我们。
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 评分： 3.5出5
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