You may have noticed the new Grand Vitara launching this autumn. Now, Suzuki adds a 1.9-litre Diesel to the line-up at under £17,000.
With a 129 horsepower engine from Renault, Suzuki promises ’reassuring performance in a variety of situations both on and off the beaten track’ - and we are inclined to believe them. The 1.9 DDiS engine returns a brisk 13.2 second 0-62 mph sprint, and chugs along 37 miles on a gallon of diesel - not bad, for a relatively large car.
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The 1.9 DDiS enjoys the same styling as its 5-door petrol counterpart - it also keeps an extensive extras package. That means standard climate control air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, an integrated radio/CD player with steering wheel mounted audio controls, tinted glass, tilt adjustable steering, reclining rear seats, heated and folding door mirrors, immobiliser, alloys and front fogs.
Longer and wider than its predecessor, the new Grand Vitara also has an extended wheelbase which means lots more room inside. The new 1.9 DDiS joins a line-up comprising the 1.6 litre VVT and VVT+ 3-door manual models and 2.0 litre 16v 5-door manual and automatic models, starting at £12,699 on-the-road.