With the launch of the Grand Vitara, Maruti Suzuki is aiming to grab a considerable share of the midsize SUV segment, currently dominated by the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is a fresh approach over the S-Cross which it replaced in India with a more SUV-squee design. However, it continues to retain the traditional virtues of Maruti Suzuki products, out of which high fuel efficiency ranks the highest. Here’s a comprehensive analysis of the real-world fuel efficiency of the Grand Vitara in the real world.
A YouTube video from the channel Classic Gears shows how the fuel efficiency of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Smart Hybrid version pans out in real-world conditions. The driver of the SUV starts his drive in the Grand Vitara by refilling the fuel tank of the SUV till the auto-cut feature kicks in. After that, he continues to drive on long highways, where he occasionally engages cruise control in the speed range of 90-100 km/h.
In the video, the driver claims that during his drive, he also downshifted to overtake other vehicles on the road, which could hamper the final results. Towards the end of the drive, the Grand Vitara was also stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic for around 50-60 km/l, as claimed by the driver. During his drive, the TFT MID in the instrument console of the Grand Vitara displayed real-world fuel efficiency figures in the range of 20.7 km/l to 22.4 km/l.
Tank full to tank full method used
Just before reaching his destination, the driver once again refills the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara’s fuel tank till the auto-cut feature comes in. At the end of the auto-cut method, the driver shows that the SUV consumed 22.26 litres of petrol for covering a distance of 451.1 km, as displayed on the trip meter in the MID. It results in a final and average fuel efficiency figure of 20.26 km/l. For a petrol SUV, which was driven in mixed driving conditions, the Grand Vitara’s real-world fuel efficiency turned out to be quite impressive.
Powering the smart hybrid version of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine. The version used in this fuel efficiency test is the Delta manual variant of the SUV, in which the engine is paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. However, the Grand Vitara is also available with an optional 6-speed automatic gearbox. With both transmission options, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara claims a maximum power output of 103 PS and a peak torque output of 136.8 Nm.