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Model
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1997. - 2007.
J - SUV
suv, 3 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1998. - 2005.
J - SUV
suv, 3 door
4 x 4

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

4330 mm
1841 mm
1840 mm
350 liters
1200 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3875 mm
1695 mm
1685 mm
258 liters
828 liters
56 liters
1997 SSangYong Korando
1998 Suzuki Grand Vitara Metal Top

Engine

Mercedes Benz
2.3 M111 E23
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2295 cc
143 hp
215 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1995 cc
128 hp
174 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1790 kg
11.8 s
169 km/h
13.8 l/100km
8.2 l/100km
10.2 l/100km
244 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1235 kg
s
165 km/h
12.0 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
9.2 l/100km
220 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1810 kg
11.9 s
172 km/h
15.7 l/100km
10.6 l/100km
12.5 l/100km
277 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1255 kg
s
160 km/h
12.2 l/100km
7.9 l/100km
9.5 l/100km
232 g/km

Expenses

3300 EUR
Price from
3300 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the suv segment and utilize the same 3-door suv body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Mercedes Benz-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 143hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 128hp engine designed by Suzuki.

Safety

The fact that the Suzuki got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, isn't really an advantage, taken the poor 3-star rating it received. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the Korean car offers a potentially life-saving difference of 45% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Suzuki is significantly less fault-prone, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of SSangYong with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Suzuki badge with 4.5 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Korando as average reliability-wise, and Grand Vitara is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the Korean car rank it on average as 3.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

There's not enough data for me to elaborate on the subject, I'm affraid.


Verdict

Suzuki is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Korean car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. When it comes to performance, both vehicles provide similar experience, so I wouldn't point any of them out. Fuel consumption is more or less the same. It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Suzuki. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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