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Bodystyle, dimensions and technical details

Launched in 2005, this Suzuki Grand Vitara is some way from the current state of SUV visual art although it's a great deal crisper-looking than the frumpy device which preceded it (and arguably rather more characterful than Toyota's woeful facelift of the rival RAV4).

It's a clean, slightly muscular, almost handsome design which draws few gasps of excitement but equally little derision. We like it. It’s a recognisable and confident update of the vehicle it replaces, which had been on sale since 1998 and was in dire need of pensioning off.

Suzuki has set out to lose the farm-machinery air and create a more complete vehicle

That car’s engineering was of the off-road old-school. It had a separate ladder chassis and body, a low-ratio transfer ’box and an agricultural feel.

With this new model, Suzuki has set out to lose the farm-machinery air and create a more complete vehicle, with more car-like on-road composure and refinement, while retaining the old car’s off-road credibility. That's why, in line with all its rivals, it has been given a monococque construction.