Can a Vitara tow a caravan? (a complete review)

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Can a Vitara tow a caravan? We will discuss Vitara’s engine and performance, safety, technology and road behaviour.

Can a Vitara tow a caravan?

Although a lightweight car, the Suzuki Vitara can manage to tow a caravan up to 2000 kg weight (depending on the models & specs). 

Vitara is very good compared to its class rivals. The car’s chassis is well-tuned, offering a little roll in the curves taken at higher speeds than usual, and the torque (220 Nm) is enough to propel you forward faster than you think possible with such a car. 

Suzuki Grand Vitara Towing Capacity


Car model
Unbraked Towing CapacityBraked Towing Capacity
Suzuki Grand Vitara (1998 – 2005) 1.6 16v 3d550kg1600kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (1998 – 2005) 2.0 5d700kg1850kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (1998 – 2005) 2.0 TD (107bhp) 5d700kg1850kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (1998 – 2005) 2.0 TD XL-7 5d (5 Seat)750kg1850kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (1998 – 2005) 2.5 V6 5d700kg1850kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (1998 – 2005) 2.5 V6 X-EC 5d700kg1850kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (1998 – 2005) 2.7 XL-7 V6 5d750kg1850kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (2005 – 2014) 1.6 SZ3 3d550kg1600kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (2005 – 2014) 1.6 SZ4 3d550kg1600kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (2005 – 2014) 1.6 VVT 3d550kg1600kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (2005 – 2014) 1.9 DDiS 3d750kg2000kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (2005 – 2014) 2.0 16v 5d750kg1850kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (2005 – 2014) 2.4 SZ4 3d550kg1600kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (2005 – 2014) 2.4 SZ5 5d Auto750kg1700kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara (2005 – 2014) 2.4 VVT SZ3 3d550kg1600kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9 DDiS SZ5 5dr diesel estate750 Kg2000 Kg
Suzuki Grand Vitara Soft top (1999 – 2003) 1.6 16v 3d550kg1600kg

Suzuki Grand Vitara: the complete review

Suzuki is an important Japanese manufacturer as is Honda or Toyota, even though many of us pass by the small manufacturer when we look at cars from the Far East. In the following, you will find out my opinions about the Suzuki Vitara, one of the most important cars made by the Japanese manufacturer.

Suzuki Vitara engine and performance

Engine: Suzuki Vitara comes equipped with a 1.4-litre gasoline engine, 140 horsepower and a 6-speed manual transmission. At first glance, the numbers do not seem very impressive, but the reality is different. Due to the weight of about 1200 kg, the car is very agile and this is most obvious when the Sport mode is selected. 

In traffic, it drives normally in Auto Mode, the car does not surprise us with anything. As soon as we select the Sport mode, the car seems to come to life. I am aware that Vitara is a crossover and should not have sporting values, but I can’t help but appreciate the ability of this car to pleasantly surprise its driver. 

The gearbox has relatively short and precise ratios, emphasizing the sporty character of this car. The agility I’m talking about starts to be felt after the car has passed well over 3500 rpm, so you tend to turn it as much as possible when you’re on the long road, just to have fun!

Performance: From this point of view, it seems to me that Vitara is very good compared to its class rivals. The car’s chassis is well-tuned, offering a little roll in the curves taken at higher speeds than usual, and the torque (220 Nm) is enough to propel you forward faster than you think possible with such a car. 

As a car for the city and for the occasional long journeys, Vitara is ideal in terms of performance. However, if the predecessor was the perfect small car for off-road, the current model leaves this to Suzuki Jimny. The performance on the rough terrain of the new Vitara is not the best, largely due to the small angle of attack for a car with off-road ambitions: 18.2 degrees. 

Leaving off-road capabilities aside, Vitara knows how to sit on the road at high speeds, giving the driver confidence in the car and in his own strength.

Suzuki Vitara: Safety, innovation and technology

Safety: The Japanese didn’t skimp on safety when it came to the new Vitara S, so the car comes with front airbags for the driver and passenger, side airbags built into the front seats, airbags for the driver’s knees and curtain airbags. 

Also in terms of safety, we remind you that the car also comes equipped with ABS, EBD and ESP, as well as with more special systems such as RBS (radar brake support). The latter system alerts the driver if it detects an imminent collision and if necessary, increases the intensity of braking when the driver is panicking and applies the brake suddenly.

Between 5 km / h and 30 km / h, the car can even brake on its own if it feels an imminent collision. With this plethora of safety systems, I don’t think you’re surprised that the car got 5 stars in the Euro NCAP tests, right?

Innovation: At first glance, nothing seems too interesting about the new Suzuki Vitara, but looking more closely at what this car offers in terms of price/weight, you start to see where the Japanese manufacturer wins.  The technologies that I saw only on the Mercedes S-Klasse 5-7 years ago have now been implemented in a brave crossover like the one here. 

Compared to the second generation, this model has become much more of a city car and much less a car for rough terrain. Was this necessary? Yes. On the current car market, buyers are looking for compact cars, but at the same time practical and safe. Vitara was a compact car that has now become both practical and safe, gaining in terms of performance on the road.

Technology: I didn’t think I’d be impressed with this car’s infotainment system, but guess what? That happened too. 

Using the car’s touch screen, you will notice that it responded easily to commands and the transition animations gave me the impression of a tablet from the higher price spectrum. The screen is easy to see in broad daylight and the colours look as good as they would on a smartphone. The menus are very easy to navigate, but you have to keep your eyes on the road!

Bluetooth, USB and SD card ensure connectivity with external environments. Leaving aside the infotainment system, let’s talk a little about the implementation of the All Grip system. This system aims to replace the classic reducer system that was present in previous versions of the car. 

Thus, Suzuki Vitara offers us 4 modes of use: 

  • Auto mode – the normal driving mode in which the car tries to save a little fuel;
  • Mud & Snow mode – in this mode the car tries to help us in case we have to get out of a situation involving mud or snow;
  • Lock mode – in this mode the car locks the differential to provide the front axle as well as the rear axle 50% of the full engine power;
  • Sport (my favourite mode) – in this mode, the car provides the driver with all the torque, so the car is much faster than the other modes.

The bottom line

In conclusion, Suzuki Vitara manages to create a good first impression and can only be an interesting appearance in the B segment of SUVs, where the territory of models such as Renault Captur, Nissan Juke and Opel Mokka.

Please feel free to let us know your opinion or if you have any questions about the content. 

FAQ on Can a Vitara tow a caravan?

How good is the Suzuki Vitara?

The Suzuki Vitara is an excellent vehicle, spacious family, responds well, agile and spirited. The only aspect to improve would be the fuel consumption, according to Vitara owners.

What engine does the Suzuki Vitara have?

The Suzuki Vitara has the 1.6-litre in-line 4-cylinder 116 hp, 2.0-liter in-line 4-cylinder 138 hp, 2.4-liter in-line 4-cylinder 166 hp, 2.7-liter V-6 185 hp only available in Japan, North America, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Where are Suzuki cars made?

Suzuki cars are made in Hamamatsu, Japan. Suzuki Motor Corporation is a diversified global company that manufactures automobiles, motorcycles, and outboard motors. Today, Suzuki operates in more than 190 countries in the world and has a presence on all relevant continents and regions.

How good or bad is the Suzuki brand?

Suzuki is a good brand as it manages to rank first with a score of 83.0, with the automotive sector average being 78.9. Among the opinions for which Suzuki stood out in some surveys is the reliability of its vehicles, customer loyalty and proximity to the brand.

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