On a motorway trip the Suzuki Vitara returns a class competitive 27.4mpg, and our test car’s overall figure was a reasonable (for a petrol SUV) 25.0mpg. The diesel is more expensive to buy than the petrol, so it’s debatable whether it will save you money unless you cover big distances.
It's a quieter cruiser than the petrol version tested, although now that the latter's capacity has grown by 400cc it doesn't have to work quite so hard.
While the Grand Vitara does look like good value against the opposition, it is lacking in options availability. Want automatic headlights and wipers, high-intensity headlights or satellite navigation? Forget it. You can’t have heated windscreen washer nozzles, either, which is an oversight on a car which can be expected to be used in dirty conditions in all weathers.