4. SUZUKI GRAND VITARA SPORT
The Grand Vitara is an old-timer, first arriving in 2005, but it has plenty going for it as a compact tow vehicle.
The Grand Vitara’s 2.4L is smooth and responsive and not only spins freely to its 6000rpm redline but also gives a good spread of torque in the mid-range. The four-speed auto doesn’t lack for smoothness but does lack ratios; its competitors all have six-speed units.
Ride quality is fussy and the Grand Vitara gets lean through corners but it settles once saddled with a load.
Offroad is where the Suzuki shines. Its good ground clearance and dual-range transmission pushes it a lot further offroad than other SUVs here.
The cabin is spacious but lacks some features – the steering is only tilt adjustment (no reach), and that passenger space doesn’t extend to the cargo area – it’s a quite tight 398L.
Eng/trans: 2.4L petrol/six-speed auto
Towing max braked/Tongue max: 1700kg/150kg