Honda CRV VS Suzuki Grand Vitara

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Here's a comparison between the Honda CR-V and the Suzuki Grand Vitara. Both models are 2010 models. Although you know that the CRV is our favorite small SUV but you should also know that the Suzuki Grand Vitara also one of or favorites.

The Suzuki Grand Vitara in the current model reviewed here has been around since 2006. PL's had the previous model and Brad had the previous version to that and driven the latest model. I haven't so sort of impartial to the their comments!

The key reasons why we always give the Grand Vitara as go is that is has genuine off-road capability and reliability. Other than that it always looks good.

Suzuki Grand Vitara
Honda CRV

In terms of looks the Grand Vitara is easily identified as an early 2000 design. Unlike others in the class it has real 4wd and off-road ability. Sure in 2010 the current model has been around for a while but it is still quite a good looking car albeit conservative compared to the say the CRV or the Mazda CX-7.

The interior of the Grand Vitara represents an earlier conservative time yet it does not feel down market like a number of competitors. Sure there are hard plastics here and there but the combination of materials, color scheme and useful LCD display items on the dash does lift the visual appeal. Suzuki has a record of completely updating the interior design just after a model reaches its mid-life and all Suzuki models also have long life cycles 5-6 years compared to 3-4 year cycle for its competitors.

When the interiors are compared, the Honda still has the edge in terms of day to day usefulness and has some better interior materials but it is not that much different. That said the Grand Vitara's interior packaging is easily better than the Subaru Forester or X-Trail as examples.

Last known pricing (RRP)
NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

Honda CR-V
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD

Suzuki Grand Vitara
2010 $25,990 - 40,490 AUD




The mechanical aspect of the Grand Vitara is where there are significant differences from its competitors. The Grand Vitara has a stronger chassis and mechanicals with proper low range gearing along with mechanical centre and rear differentials locking mechanisms. It does not need electronic '4WD' modes as per it competitors because it has the real thing!

The petrol engine Grand Vitara drives like a real car, the 4 or V6 engine has low down power and there is enough refinement it feels like it will last forever. The steering and handling is honestly just as good as the competition having the same but different level road feel as the others but overall quite good. I think ride quality is pretty good too. It will probably be a better long distance tourer and also to go off road. It is relatively quiet on the road for the petrol version - better than RAV4 for example. 

The Grand Vitara can also be bought as a smaller 3 door version, the only one on the market. It comes with the 2.4 litre engine and it actually goes quite well compared to larger 5 door version. There is also the diesel engine version and the V6 version. The V6 engine is that best one to go for though.

The Suzuki Grand Vitara is a very decent small SUV if you want an off-road capable 4WD and on-road compromise. We've seen and been in places where you would never expect to go. The only problems with the Grand Vitara is with the matched price and the lack of swoopy exterior design. I think even more equipment or special editions will help since the Grand Vitara since it is just a good as the others around town and better off-road.

We still like it and is one of our top 3 favorite small SUVs in 2010. It's like a mini-Prado.

Honda CR-V Suzuki Grand Vitara (JB series)


IL 4 Cylinder (K24Z1)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
2.4 Litre (2354cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 5800RPM
Claimed 218Nm @ 4200RPM
IL 4 Cylinder (J24B)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
2.4 Litre (2393cc)
Claimed 122Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 225Nm @ 4000RPM

V6 (N32A)
V6 Cylinder petrol
3.2 Litre (3195cc)
Claimed 165Kw @ 6200RPM
Claimed 284Nm @ 3500RPM

IL 4 Cylinder (F9QB)
IL4 Cylinder Diesel
Direct Injection Common Rail Turbo
1.9 Litre (1870cc)
Claimed 95Kw @ 3750RPM
Claimed 300Nm @ 2000RPM

1580 - 1630Kg
Towing capacity up to 1500kg
1605 - 1620Kg
Towing capacity up to 1850-2000kg (V6)
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 58 litres
IL4 Petrol 10 Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
Up to 66 litres
IL4 Petrol 8.9Lts per 100km AVG (Manual)
IL4 Petrol 9.9Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
V6 Petrol 10.5Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
Other specifications  
6 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall height/Overall width 1680/1820
Overall length/Wheelbase 4565/2605
4WD system: On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
5 speed manual or 4 speed Auto
Overall height/Overall width 1695/1810
Overall length/Wheelbase 4470/2640
4WD system: AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
Tyre size: 225-65-17 or 225-60-18
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) 185mm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 29
Departure 27
Breakover 19
Ground clearance (unloaded) 200mm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
Performance Performance

Petrol (4 Cyl)
0-100Kph:10 secs

2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2010 $25,990 - 40,490 AUD (AWD models)
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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