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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
rear seat is short on legroom
ample headroom and foot space
interior storage compartments are lacking
seats feel like airliner surplus
far louder at idle than any other engine
Car and Driver
Reviewers around the Web fault the 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara’s lack of refinement, along with its seating and space, though its fit and finish earn kudos.
ConsumerGuide reports that Suzuki 2008 "leather-upholstered seats have an overly firm cushion and insufficient lumbar support," adding that "cloth seats are softer but also need more lumbar support." Kelley Blue Book says "comfortable front seats provide good lateral support while the seatbacks of the 60/40-split rear bench offer adjustable reclining and room for two six-foot adults or three kids."
Cars.com observes that "modest cargo space behind the rear seat can be expanded from 23.4 to 50.2 cubic feet by folding down the split rear seat"; according to ConsumerGuide, "space is good behind the rear seat," but Edmunds contends that Suzuki Grand Vitara "interior storage compartments are lacking...luggage capacity is a meager 24.4 cubic feet with the rear seats up."
Inside the 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara, ConsumerGuide reports that "the cabin is a smart blend of hard plastic surfaces and padded panels; nothing looks or feels cheap." Motor Trend adds that the Suzuki Grand Vitara "fit and finish is solid, with no squeaks, rattles, or untoward panel gaps," but "the seats feel like airliner surplus in comfort and material quality."
Car and Driver comments that the Suzuki 2008 engine is "far louder at idle than any other engine here"; ConsumerGuide notes "moderate road, bump, and wind noise," which "increases markedly above 65 mph."
However, ride quality stands as a positive. Edmunds reports that "city driving feels smoother and more carlike compared to other body-on-frame truck-based SUVs.”
The 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara feels smaller but better finished than many rivals.