4. SUZUKI GRAND VITARA SPORT

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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.

Price: $30,990

Eng/trans: 2.4L petrol/six-speed auto

Power/torque: 122kW/225Nm

Tow­ing max braked/Tongue max: 1700kg/150kg

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