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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
far louder at idle than any other engine
Car and Driver
seats feel like airliner surplus
city driving feels smoother and more car-like
the cabin is a smart blend of hard plastic surfaces and padded panels
The 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara feels smaller but better finished than many rivals.
Drivers sit high in the 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara, and they benefit from good forward and side visibility from the large, vertical windows. The Grand Vitara is pleasantly easy to drive, with precise, direct steering making it surprisingly maneuverable in tight urban traffic. It's easy to park, too, taking up only as much space as a compact car. The ride, while decent on smooth roads, can fall apart quickly when the pavement turns choppy. At speed, the handling and braking aren't as good as expected-partly because at 3,700 pounds, the 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara is one heavy compact SUV. And that same high seating position makes modest body roll seem more extreme during tight turns.
The front seats hold average-sized passengers comfortably, but taller occupants may find the seat cushions short. ConsumerGuide reports that the optional leather seats in the 2010 Suzuki "have an overly firm cushion and insufficient lumbar support," adding that the standard "cloth seats are softer but also need more lumbar support." Kelley Blue Book, however, 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." The rear seat, however, has surprisingly good legroom-for two only, due to the narrow cabin.
People buy crossovers to carry stuff, and the 2010 Grand Vitara's cargo space is a definite letdown. 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." ConsumerGuide feels that "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."
The cargo floor sits higher than expected, and because the tailgate opens to one side, it's challenging to access with one hand or when parked on slopes. It's also worth noting that the heavy tailgate flips out to the street, with its hinges on the right, rather than to the curb.
Car and Driver comments that the Suzuki 2010 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." And 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.
While the 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara has good fit and finish, its storage space and lack of refinement are lacking.