Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara enters the hotly contested mid-size SUV space to rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun, MG Astor and the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder. We drove every single variant of the Grand Vitara for this review to tell you how they perform.
By Dhruv Saxena: Maruti Suzuki currently dominates the Indian car market and has been doing so for years, accounting for the lion’s share of the total passenger vehicle sales. Break those figures down into body styles, however, and you’ll notice the same dominance isn’t reflected in its share in the SUV space. While the Brezza has been doing strong numbers since its arrival, its elder sibling, the S-Cross hasn’t quite emulated the same level of success.
Maruti Suzuki is finally getting serious about the lucrative mid-size SUV space and has joined hands with fellow Japanese car maker Toyota to take the fight to segment leaders Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos as well as the Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun and MG Astor. We got a chance to drive both the mild hybrid and strong hybrid variants of the Grand Vitara as well as test the AWD variant off the road.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
The Grand Vitara and Toyota’s Hyryder might be very closely related, but Maruti Suzuki has done a fine job of giving its SUV its own identity, especially when it comes to front-end styling. A flat upright bonnet coupled with a large grille with tasteful use of chrome and neatly executed split headlamps give the Grand Vitara a contemporary yet imposing look which is further amplified by the strong shoulder line. The LED DRLs up top also double up as turn indicators, while the main headlamps feature LED projectors. It gets 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels housed in squared-off wheel arches along with, once again, tasteful application of chrome along the window line and on the D-pillar. The rear gets very attractive LED stop lamps that extend almost across the length of the boot while the reverse lamp and indicators are mounted below on the bumper. Visually, aside from telltale badging, the differences between the mild hybrid and strong hybrid variants are limited to the way the chrome bits, wheel arches and silver bumper inserts have been finished.
The 1.5 mild hybrid variants get a black-brown interior theme.
The similarities between the Toyota Hyryder and Maruti Suzuki’s version are far more apparent once you step inside the cabin of the Grand Vitara. The layout, switchgear, steering wheel, essentially every component is shared by the two SUVs. There’s a healthy list of features on offer including a 9-inch touchscreen for the infotainment functions, identical to the one we’ve seen in the Baleno and Brezza, which supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Grand Vitara also gets automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, electrically adjustable ORVMs, TPMS and 360-degree camera view to name a few. Certain features like ventilated front seats, a head-up display, and wireless smartphone charging are reserved for the strong hybrid variant only. While it also gets a fully digital instrument cluster, the mild hybrid variant makes do with analogue dials flanking an MID.
The strong hybrid variant gets an all-black interior colour scheme with faux wood or copper coloured inserts.
The mild hybrid and strong hybrid variants of the Grand Vitara get a slightly different colour scheme within the cabin. While the mild hybrid variant gets a black-brown colour theme, the strong hybrid variant gets an all-black treatment with contrast stitching and faux wood or copper colour inserts. The seat upholstery is different as well. There are a few things that Maruti could have done to make the cabin feel a bit more premium though and at par with some of Grand Vitara’s key rivals. While the front seats are very comfortable, they can’t be electrically adjusted. The quality of plastics, specifically that of bits like the AC vents and certain switchgear could have been better too. Seat ventilation, although quite effective, is pretty noisy, especially when set to maximum.
Digi-analogue instrument cluster of the mild hybrid variant (top) vs the full-digital setup of the strong hybrid variant (bottom).
The rear seat of the Grand Vitara boasts generous leg room and knee room with good under-thigh support and recline function helps further bolster the comfort quotient. Headroom is just about adequate, though. There are rear AC vents on offer, a rear centre armrest and USB charging ports. Plus, all three occupants get adjustable headrests and three-point seat belts, a positive addition from the perspective of the safety of occupants within the cabin which is enhanced further by the presence of six airbags and disc brakes all around. Besides amplifying the feeling of space within the cabin, the panoramic sunroof in the Grand Vitara, both panes slide open, something that’s unique to a car in this segment.
Grand Vitara features 360-degree camera view
Grand Vitara’s mild hybrid variant enlists the services of Maruti Suzuki’s 1.5-litre K15 four-cylinder petrol motor that is present in the Ertiga/XL6 and the Brezza as well. It can be had with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. With 103bhp and 136.8Nm on tap, performance, as expected, is far from exciting. That said, it will suit the needs of most urban commuters well enough as long as they’re taking it easy with a relaxed driving style. The automatic variant with its 6-speed ‘box feels more at ease while driving out on the highway keeping the engine ticking at around 2,000rpm at around 100kmph. The manual variant with its 5-speed transmission makes the engine feel a bit strained sitting at around 3,000rpm at similar speeds in fifth gear. An extra cog would certainly help its highway cruising abilities. The Grand Vitara 1.5 mild hybrid variant doesn’t like to be rushed, but honestly, how many are asking for that anyway?
Wireless phone charger, ventilated front seats and head-up display are reserved for the Grand Vitara strong hybrid variant only.
It’s the strong hybrid Grand Vitara that feels more sprightly and eager to gain speed and is definitely the more exciting of the two. With a combined system output of almost 116bhp, it is quicker and more fuel efficient on the whole with a claimed figure of 27.97kmpl versus the mild hybrid’s 20.58kmpl-21.11kmpl. It also offers multiple drive modes including Eco and Power which alter powertrain and steering behaviour exactly the way you’d expect them to. With transmission duties being handled by an e-CVT, the rubber band effect comes to the fore every time you get aggressive with the throttle.
The Grand Vitara features Suzuki's AllGrip all-wheel-drive tech.
The Grand Vitara’s ride quality feels very European in the sense that it is on the harsher side at low speeds, but improves significantly as speeds rise and the SUV feels very well tied down to the road at triple digit speeds. Consequently, it handles really well too letting you carry more speed through corners and feeling planted, more than some of its more comfort focussed rivals. Because of the added weight on the rear axle in the strong hybrid’s case owing to the battery pack placement, the two variants have slightly different suspension tune. Between the mild hybrid and strong hybrid, it’s the former that offers a more comfortable ride at both lower and higher speeds.
Thanks to the placement of the battery pack, the Grand Vitara strong hybrid (left) has 265 litres of space in the boot with the spare wheel mounted to the underside. The mild hybrid variant (right) has 373 litres of boot space and the spare wheel is placed in the boot.
Like we mentioned, we tried out the AWD variant as well, which is restricted to the 1.5 mild hybrid manual powertrain only, and the Grand Vitara’s off-road capability did impress us more than we thought it would. Suzuki’s AllGrip setup offers an auto mode that optimises traction based on the surface. There’s snow mode for low traction conditions like snow or slush and sport mode that promises optimal handling. Lock enables you to fix power distribution to 50-50 between the two axles. There’s also hill hold assist and hill descent control plus a generous ground clearance to help the Grand Vitara tackle off-road trails.
AWD option is restricted to the 1.5 mild hybrid manual variant of the Grand Vitara.
Maruti Suzuki has gotten most aspects very right with the Grand Vitara. It has plenty going for it including contemporary looks, long list of features, impressive handling, fuel-efficient engine options including a strong hybrid powertrain that is certainly one of its biggest USPs and let's not discount that peace of mind that comes with owning a Maruti Suzuki. We do wish, however, that the quality of plastics in the cabin was a tad better and even the 1.5 mild hybrid variants were also available with the bells and whistles restricted to the strong hybrid only. At an expected price of Rs 12 to 17 lakh for the mild hybrid variant and a sub Rs 20 lakh price tag for the top-end strong hybrid, we see no reason why it won’t take away a substantial chunk of buyers from established rivals finally making Maruti Suzuki a force to reckon with in the mid-size SUV space.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Specifications
- LxWxH - 4,345x1,795x1,645mm
- Wheelbase - 2,600mm
- Turning radius - 5.4m
- Fuel tank - 45 litres
- Wheel & tyre size - 215/60 R17 alloys
- Engine - 1.5-litre 4-cyl naturally aspirated petrol
- Transmission - 5-speed MT/6-speed AT
- Power - 103bhp@6,000rpm
- Torque - 136.8Nm@4,400rpm
- Fuel efficiency - 21.1kmpl/20.58kmpl
- Kerb weight - 1,150-1,185kg/1,185-1,270kg
- Layout - FWD or AWD/FWD
- Boot space - 373 litres
- Engine - 1.5-litre 3-cyl petrol hybrid
- Transmission - e-CVT
- Power (combined) - 115.56bhp
- Power & torque (engine) - 92.45bhp@5,500rpm & 122Nm@4,400-4,800rpm
- Power & torque (electric motor) - 80.2bhp (59kW) & 141Nm
- Fuel efficiency - 27.97kmpl
- Kerb weight - 1,290-1,295kg
- Layout - FWD
- Boot space - 265 litres
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Price (estimated)
- Grand Vitara Petrol Mild Hybrid - Rs 11 to 17 lakh
- Grand Viatar Petrol Strong Hybrid - Rs 16 to 19 lakh
Bookings for the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara are now open. Prices are expected to be announced in the last week of September 2022.
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Grand vitara 2022 is a good beginning for all medal class family's and also good for pricing and i suggested to buy people who are planning to buy car under 10 lakes then coming to mileage in city 18kmpl mileage and highway 21kmpl mileage and it is very easy to maintain and maintenance is under 6000 per service… and ...Is Suzuki Grand Vitara a reliable car? ›
Based on the results reported in the model-specific JD Power consumer survey, it is safe to say that the Suzuki Grand Vitara is indeed a reliable vehicle. However, should you consider a used model, be sure to do a thorough inspection as the condition greatly depends on how the vehicle was used throughout its lifespan.What problems does a Suzuki Vitara have? ›
- DPF problems.
- Clutch problems.
- Air conditioning problems.
- Timing chain problems.
- Engine problems.
Maruti Grand Vitara (2009-2015)
Since it was an imported product which came through the CBU route, it came in with a very steep price tag and also suffered from poor fuel economy, both factors which are in contrast to the attributes of Maruti's cars. It was discontinued in India in 2015.
This is a comfortable car for a long drive with good features. The best car in India at this price with good mileage, cooling and a sunroof view in the front.Is Grand Vitara engine good? ›
The Grand Vitara, powered by Suzuki's 1.5 Dualjet, puts out 103hp – a fair amount. It is down on torque, however, when compared to rivals, and what torque there is, a maximum of 137Nm, only comes in fully at 4,400rpm. What skews performance even further is that it is clearly tuned for fuel efficiency.Are Suzuki Grand Vitaras good on fuel? ›
The Vitara is a relatively inexpensive car to run, and the mild-hybrid engine brings good fuel economy, with an official WLTP figure from 49.7mpg.Is Suzuki Grand Vitara fuel-efficient? ›
The new Grand Vitara is powered by a 1.5-litre engine along with strong and mild hybrid technology which produces 122Nm@4400-4800rpm. It comes in a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission and delivers 27.9 km per litre mileage for the hybrid model. It will be the most fuel-efficient SUV in India.Is Suzuki Vitara fuel-efficient? ›
The 2022 Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is the new flagship SUV in the company's portfolio. Also, with a claimed mileage of up to 27.97 kmpl, it is now the most fuel-efficient SUV in the country. The engine and transmission-wise mileage figures of the new Grand Vitara are mentioned below.Why did Suzuki Vitara fail? ›
Couldn't Justify the Price Tag | Suzuki Kizashi & Grand Vitara. The entire factors of failure narrow down to this. The cars were ridiculously overpriced for the Indian market and way more for a Maruti which had an image of making sub 10 lakhs cars.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the problem is caused by the leather seat upholstery, which can shrink over time because of exposure to high humidity and temperatures. As a result, Suzuki has recalled certain 2006 to 2013 Grand Vitara models.Is Suzuki Vitara a safe car? ›
NEW SUZUKI VITARA RECEIVES 5-STAR EURO NCAP OVERALL SAFETY RATING.
|Adult occupant|| 89%||80%|
Third generation (JT; 2005)
|Third generation (JT)|
|Successor||Suzuki Across (Europe)|
We managed a top speed of 135 kmph with this version and it felt quite comfortable at this point.Is a Grand Vitara a real 4x4? ›
The Suzuki Vitara is a compact and inexpensive 4x4 that has been designed from the ground up to be an affordable, inexpensive and incredibly practical SUV that does what it's supposed to.Do Grand Vitaras have low range? ›
Each and every version of the Vitara, Grand or otherwise, could be had with low-range four-wheel drive, a full-frame chassis, and coil springs front and rear, and two-door models offered a soft convertible top.Which engine is used in Grand Vitara? ›
The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara only gets a 1.5L Hybrid engine, which is available with a 0-speed Automatic, 5-speed Manual and a 6-speed Automatic transmission. The Hybrid engine makes 116PS of power at 5500rpm and 122Nm of torque at 4800rpm. The ex-showroom prices of the 2022 Grand Vitara start from Rs.Is Grand Vitara a SUV? ›
Maruti Grand Vitara is a 5 seater SUV available in a price range of Rs. 10.45 - 19.65 Lakh*. It is available in 15 variants, 2 engine options that are BS6 compliant and 2 transmission options: Manual & Automatic. Other key specifications of the Grand Vitara include a kerb weight of 1290 - 1295 and boot space of Liters.Is the Vitara comfortable? ›
Nice and comfortable car, all features are amazing, the seats are very comfortable, and the suspension is very good.What is the difference between Suzuki Vitara and Grand Vitara? ›
With a length of 4345mm, a width of 1795mm, and a height of 1645mm, the Grand Vitara is longer, wider, and taller. Wheelbase, on the other hand, comes in at 2600mm which makes it 100mm more than the Vitara AllGrip.
The fuel tank capacity of Maruti Grand Vitara is 45 Liters.Who makes the Suzuki Vitara engine? ›
The vehicle was developed by Suzuki using the Global C platform shared with the SX4 S-Cross and the Vitara. The mild hybrid model, marketed as "Smart Hybrid" by Suzuki and "NeoDrive" by Toyota, uses Suzuki's 1.5-litre K15C four-cylinder engine and the Smart Hybrid system developed by Suzuki.How many Litres of fuel does a Suzuki Vitara have? ›
|Vitara||Vitara TURBO ALLGRIP|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (L)||47||47|
|Consumption* (L 100km) manual||5.8||-|
|Consumption* (L 100km) automatic||6.0||6.2|
The Grand Vitara is a vehicle that combines the capabilities of both Toyota and Suzuki. It's a rare vehicle that combines Suzuki's famous Global C platform, the AllGrip four-wheel drive, and a strong hybrid system found in the Hilux, Camry and Prius, and other Toyota technologies.Can Grand Vitara run on battery? ›
The advanced electric hybrid system from Maruti Suzuki is a full hybrid technology that can drive on battery power, alone and operate in fuel efficient, zero emissions mode.What is the mileage of Grand Vitara? ›
The Grand Vitara mileage is 19.38 to 27.97 kmpl. The Automatic Petrol variant has a mileage of 27.97 kmpl. The Manual Petrol variant has a mileage of 21.11 kmpl.Can Vitara go off road? ›
After coming out in 1988, the Vitara transformed into the redesigned Grand Vitara by the third generation in 2005. Though the compact SUV is capable of handling some light off-roading adventures thanks to standard features like stability and traction control, serious off-roaders might want to look elsewhere.How many airbags are in Vitara? ›
The top-end model Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Alpha Plus Dual Tone Intelligent Hybrid eCVT comes with 6 Airbags (Driver, Front Passenger, 2 Curtain, Driver Side, Front Passenger Side).What is the mileage of Grand Vitara 2022? ›
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 2022 Launch, Price, Features Explained | 27.97kmpl Mileage! CarWale.Where is Suzuki Grand Vitara made? ›
Suzuki unveils Grand Vitara – made by Toyota – in India.
While Suzuki isn't as well-known for its outboard motors, people who own one and use them regularly have only good things to say about these motors. Suzuki has been increasing in popularity because they produce high-quality, reliable engines at an affordable price.Where is Vitara made? ›
The Suzuki Vitara is made in Hungary by Magyar Suzuki. You won't be able to buy a Suzuki Vitara in North America, though, as Suzuki pulled out of U.S. and Canadian markets in 2012 due to poor sales, a limited lineup, tough competition, and an unwieldy exchange rate.What does Grand Vitara mean? ›
Grand - “Great" Vitara - "way of life”Is a Suzuki Grand Vitara a 4x4 or an AWD? ›
Maruti has announced that its upcoming Creta-rivalling mid-size SUV based on the Toyota Hyryder will be called Grand Vitara and will come with an AWD configuration.Is Grand Vitara 2008 a good car? ›
Despite a less-than-impressive standard V6 engine, the 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara remains a viable choice for those in the market for a small crossover SUV, thanks to abundant standard features, above-average off-road ability and a price point below its top-of-the-line competitors.Is Grand Vitara 5 star? ›
Based on the previous-gen Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Urban Cruiser has a four-star rating for adult protection, with 13.52 points out of a maximum 17. For child protection, it scored a three-star rating securing 36.68 points out of 49.Are Suzuki cars worth buying? ›
Suzuki is celebrating some great news from the results of the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. Following reports from over 16,300 readers about their car ownership experience for vehicles up to five years old, Suzuki ranked joint third out of the 30 car brands measured with a score of 97.1% reliability.Which is the safest car of Maruti Suzuki? ›
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The safest Maruti in India, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has a 4-star global NCAP rating among its strongest attractions.What does Vitara mean? ›
In Japan the Vitara is sold as the Escudo, while in North America the first generation was known as the Sidekick. The choice of the name ”Vitara” was inspired by the English word “vital,” as in “vitality.”Is the Grand Vitara coming back? ›
The 2022 Grand Vitara will be offered in six variants. There will be Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha, Zeta+ and Alpha+. The Smart Hybrid will be offered on Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha whereas the Intelligent Electric Hybrid will be offered on Zeta+ and Alpha+.
Maruti Grand Vitara price starts at ₹ 10.45 Lakh and goes upto ₹ 19.65 Lakh (Avg. ex-showroom). Grand Vitara comes in 15 variants. Grand Vitara model price in mild hybrid(electric + petrol) is ₹ 10.45 Lakh.Is Grand Vitara a turbo? ›
None of the 15 versions of Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara has turbocharged engine option.How many cc is a Grand Vitara? ›
The Maruti Grand Vitara has 2 Petrol Engine on offer. The Petrol engine is 1462 cc and 1490 cc . It is available with Manual & Automatic transmission. Depending upon the variant and fuel type the Grand Vitara has a mileage of 19.38 to 27.97 kmpl .Does Grand Vitara have sunroof? ›
The sunroof option is available in selected models of Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara - Alpha Smart Hybrid, Alpha Dual Tone Smart Hybrid, Alpha Smart Hybrid AT, Alpha Smart Hybrid AllGrip, Alpha Dual Tone Smart Hybrid AllGrip, Alpha Dual Tone Smart Hybrid AT, Zeta Plus Intelligent Hybrid eCVT, Zeta Plus Dual Tone ...When was the last Suzuki Grand Vitara made? ›
1999–2013 Grand Vitara.Are Grand Vitaras good on fuel? ›
The Vitara is a relatively inexpensive car to run, and the mild-hybrid engine brings good fuel economy, with an official WLTP figure from 49.7mpg.Do Suzuki Vitaras hold their value? ›
The Vitara isn't known for holding its value well compared with key rivals, which is good news if you're buying used.Is Suzuki Grand Vitara fuel efficient? ›
The new Grand Vitara is powered by a 1.5-litre engine along with strong and mild hybrid technology which produces 122Nm@4400-4800rpm. It comes in a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission and delivers 27.9 km per litre mileage for the hybrid model. It will be the most fuel-efficient SUV in India.Why was Grand Vitara discontinued? ›
Imported as a completely built-up (CBU) unit, the Grand Vitara XL-7 didn't find buyers. In four years, the carmaker could sell only 335 units. In 2007, the carmaker launched the new-generation of the SUV, this time called the Grand Vitara. But it could sell only 1,291 units and discontinued it in 2013.Is Grand Vitara permanent 4x4? ›
And of course unlike systems that operate in two-wheel drive and then rely on differences in front and rear wheel speeds to automatically engage four-wheel drive via a centre clutch arrangement, there is no delay in the Grand Vitara's system; four-wheel drive is doing its work all the time.
Maruti Grand Vitara is a 5 seater SUV available in a price range of Rs. 10.45 - 19.65 Lakh*. It is available in 15 variants, 2 engine options that are BS6 compliant and 2 transmission options: Manual & Automatic.