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Suzuki Grand Vitara JB / JT.II Sport Manual

Suzuki Grand Vitara JB / JT.II Sport Manual (2011-2018)

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Perfect for our specific purpose.

We have been using a 2004 Toyota RAV4 for 13 years as our "dogmobile" & second car. By simply removing the rear seats and lifting the footwells with timber platforms the car gave a large, flat, low (spare wheel on back door & not under floor) area which our dogs had no trouble getting in & out of and gave plenty of room for them & luggage to travel. Replacing the aging car has been a problem as newer SUVs have the back load area far too high, especially for a large older dog to get in & out (even with our rear ramp) & if bought with all-wheel-drive (we do like to get off-road a bit at times) are only available in automatic which is an unnecessary expense with more problems in maintenance and loss of control and much of the fun of motoring is having full control of the car with manual gears. We now have a low mileage Suzuki Grand Vitara which is the closest thing to the RAV4. The rear seats do have to be unbolted to remove & it is slightly higher but suits our needs well & does have manual option (although now ceased for 2017) and has great off-road capability with low range selection. Have only had a short time but the basic design has been around with constant improvements for about 10 years and the lack of costly, potentially troublesome, and unnecessary electronic driver aids (I have not needed them in 55 years driving here & overseas) is also a plus for relatively trouble-free motoring into our twilight years.

Purchased in March 2017 for $30,000.00.

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Suzuki Grand Vitara JB / JT.II Sport Manual (2011-2018)
CategoryMidsize / Medium SUVs
Starting Price $33,990
Drive TypeFour Wheel Drive (4WD)
Fuel TypePetrol
Wheels18" Alloy
Fuel Consumption8.9 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 66 L
Engine4 Cylinder 2.4L
Max Power122kW @ 6000rpm
Max Torque225Nm @ 3800rpm
Country of ManufactureJapan
Safety Features
  • ABS (Antilock Braking System)
  • Active Cruise Control
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • ISO-fix Compatible
  • Reversing Camera
  • Traction Control
Extra Features
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Built-In Navigation System
  • Immobilizer
  • Power Steering
  • USB Port
Ground Clearance200 mm
Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)1,850 kg
Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)750 kg
Manufacturer Warranty3 year(s)
Release dateJan 2011
Discontinuation dateDec 2018
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