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2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara was new.

Suzuki has steadily been improving the interiors of its vehicles and the Grand Vitara may be its best effort yet. "Step inside--easily, thanks to the unibody construction--and you enter a cabin that has gone from worst to near first," says Automobile Magazine.

The Arizona Republic reports that the cabin "feels roomy and accommodating," and the Boston Globe says "headroom and legroom front and rear are commodious." The Orlando Sentinel sums up reviewer consensus, saying "Inside, the cockpit is attractive and comfortable, with firm bucket seats and adequate space in the back for adults."

Seating

In general, critics like the Grand Vitara's seats. Edmunds says, "Although the front bucket seats aren't exactly plush, they are supportive and comfortable." Cars.com adds the "front bucket seats are comfortable, with wide bottom cushions." They also note that the front seat has "generous amount of backwards travel." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the front seats "are pretty comfortable and the seat-back's side bolsters are good."

"The height-adjustable driver's seat is comfortable and has plenty of legs and heads," says USA Today. Cloth seats are available in the base and Xsport trims, with leather in the Luxury trim. Edmunds writes, "We actually prefer the comfy cloth fabric to the available soft leather." Consumer Guide adds, "Some drivers say leather-upholstered seats have a too firm cushion, insufficient lumbar support," while the cloth seats are "softer but also need more lumbar support."

The rear seats are also seen as comfortable for two adults, though space for a third is available. The Los Angeles Times says "the rear seats are spacious," and Cars.com says "rear-seat accommodations are pretty good." The Chicago Sun-Times says the backseat is "unusually roomy."

Interior Features

Overall, critics like the 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara's standard feature offerings. Kelley Blue Book notes the SUV's "generous standard equipment list," for the base model, which includes a four-speaker XM Satellite Radio-ready AM/FM/CD/CD-MP3/CD-WMA sound system with steering wheel audio controls, automatic climate control air conditioning, cruise control, tire pressure monitor, power windows, power locks and power mirrors. About.com says "Grand Vitara's gauges are big, round and clear, a theme that is echoed in the climate controls and radio," but that "the steering wheel is adjustable for tilt but not for reach, and features audio and cruise control buttons."

Edmunds calls the interior "one of the best executed we've seen in any Suzuki." Ward's AutoWorld calls it "an attractive interior." Drawing comparison to the previous generation of Grand Vitaras, The Car Connection says "While the former vehicle tended to feel plasticky and plebeian, it looks like Suzuki designers and product planners really studied the SUV competition and incorporated some of their better interior traits."

"But the Grand Vitara has more to look at than to feel," says Automotive.com. "Materials quality is inconsistent, with cheap gray plastic lining too many surfaces... and a discount-rack steering wheel." Motor Trend agrees, with "a handsome interior complements exterior styling, but suffers from hard plastics and unconvincing woodgrains."

Above the base trim level is the XSport, which adds keyless entry and start system with panic button, seven-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with in-dash six-disc CD changer and privacy glass.

The Luxury trim adds all base and XSport features plus power tilt-and-slide sunroof, Homelink integrated remote-activation system, leather trimmed seating surfaces, heated front seats and leather wrapped steering wheel and wood grain trim accents.

Stereo and Entertainment

"Tally up one more quantum leap for the stereo," writes Automotive.com of the base sound system. The base Grand Vitara comes standard with an MP3-compatible, XM-ready CD player with four speakers. The other trims add a six-disc changer, two tweeters, and a subwoofer. "The notes come out a bit flat, but punchy," adds Automotive.com, and "the faceplate is organized well." Edmunds concludes, "The Grand Vitara's stereo is not the vehicle's strong point. Still, it sounds adequate most of the time."

Cargo

Reviewers find the 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara's cargo area lacking. With 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space, Edmunds reports the Grand Vitara's luggage capacity "is significantly smaller than its rivals." With the second-row 40/60 split-folding bench folded down there is 68.9 cubic feet of storage, 17.5 more than previous models. But, writes Consumer Guide, curbside loading "is complicated by cargo door that opens from the right."

Edmunds calls out its "lack of interior storage compartments" and Autoweb writes, the Suzuki Grand Vitara "isn't a serious family hauler due to the lack of storage space." Consumer Guide calls passenger-compartment storage space just "adequate."

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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