The latest Suzuki Grand Vitara performs respectably on-road and off, and is adequately equipped, especially given the price tag. But engine refinement is poor (the later 2.4-litre engine is more relaxed in this regard) and more thought could have been given to its design, specification and equipment availability to make it more appealing.

It was a sensible choice at the time of its launch but more recent rivals have since given it a harder time. The Grand Vitara is a far better car than the one it replaced, but it has also been an opportunity missed.

It was a sensible choice at the time of its launch but more recent rivals have since given it a harder time