This car is beyond our expectations. It handles light and easy, great mileage (27 MPG w/ 5,000 miles to date), solid build. Love the GPS with bluetooth. We also find the unlocking feature without the key very convenient. Our Honda CR-V was a big disappointment compared to this car.
I absolutely love this vehicle for it's value and overall performance.It feels rock solid on the road with no squeaks or rattles and the handling is superb. It is exceptionally comfortable in long trips and the overall mileage is pretty good. I have test driven other popular brands before buying and the Grand Vitara is a clear winner by a wide margin.
I recently (2017) purchased a 2010 Grand Vitara Premium model with the 4-cylinder engine based on the *great* reviews given here. Please, please keep away. I was totally unaware that these models have a known failing AC issue. Your interior compartment *will* eventually flood if you use the AC. There is a connection that goes through the firewall between the internal AC system and the external drain pipe that will fail. There is no replaceable part to fix the issue. You would need to get the entire internal one-piece component, but it would still have the same flaw and will eventually fail.