2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara Reviews from UK and Ireland

2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara DDiS 1.9 turb diesel

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.9 turb diesel Manual
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles


Would never buy again from Suzuki


Having bought a Vitara in November 2009, it has been in the the workshop for 3 weeks out of the 3 months we have owned it.

The DPF = diesel particulate filter has been replaced, and then the light was back on within 2 weeks, so if you are thinking of buying one, make sure you don't do small journeys. We were not told this when the vehicle was purchased, and after a long battle, we now find ourselves having to sell this Vitara as it is completely useless for our needs, and the Suzuki agent is no longer, and we have no come back, as Suzuki tell us it's nothing to do with them, even though it says on the front of the manual "Suzuki caring for customers".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd March, 2010

11th Mar 2010, 11:08

Actually, if you buy any diesel engine car with a DPF-filter, you cannot just make short trips. From time to time it needs longer trips to "clean" itself, otherwise it stops working and needs to replace.

This goes for almost all cars with DPF.

15th Oct 2010, 04:07

Actually, we too bought a 1.9 DDIS Grand Vitara on an 07 plate in May of this year. It has since been in the garage for at least 6 weeks of that time, owing to problems with the DPF and the injection warning light, which causes a loss of power. The DPF has been replaced in August, and is currently in being replaced again, as it does not clear and regenerate itself properly on long journeys, nor when you drive it at "47 mph for 30 minutes" as the manual instructs. Suzuki technical are now involved. If it does not work this time, the dealership will be getting the keys back, and I shall be purchasing something else. All diesel cars have this DPF on, but causing far fewer problems than this pants Renault engine housed inside the Suzuki!!

2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara New 2.0 vvt

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 vvt Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance700 miles
Previous carSeat Leon


Excellent all round!


Nothing so far, although it is early doors.

I have previously owned 6 brand new cars and this is the only one which was perfect on delivery.

General Comments:

Excellent price (£16000), excellent styling, excellent to drive, very comfortable, loads of toys with a good level of standard equipment.

My only problem is that it's quite slow ... my old car was a Seat Leon Cupra R though and plus, it's not designed to go fast!

Seat UK customer/dealer service should take a leaf out of Suzuki's book. Suzuki have been excellent so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2005

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews