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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
the cabin is a smart blend of hard plastic surfaces and padded panels”
city driving feels smoother and more carlike”
far louder at idle than any other engine
Car and Driver
seats feel like airliner surplus
The 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara feels smaller but better finished than many rivals.
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." ConsumerGuide reports that Suzuki 2009 "leather-upholstered seats have an overly firm cushion and insufficient lumbar support," adding that "cloth seats are softer but also need more lumbar support."
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." According to ConsumerGuide, "space is good behind the rear seat.” 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."
Motor Trend says the "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" on the Suzuki Grand Vitara.
ConsumerGuide notes "moderate road, bump, and wind noise," which "increases markedly above 65 mph." Car and Driver comments that the Suzuki 2009 engine is "far louder at idle than any other engine here.” 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.”
Fit and finish earn kudos for the 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara, but the lack of refinement leaves a lot to be desired.