We are currently on a RTW trip. The last four months we are traveling in Africa with our trusty Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.0TD
It is a 2004 model and it's the diesel one.
It has a Peugeot engine. All the diesels that Suzuki made before 2005 have either a MAZDA or a PEUGEOT engine. That make things easier when it comes to service and maintenance as you can find Peugeot spare and parts that can fit in a Suzuki.
We experienced this when our car was broken in Morocco and the mechanics fixed it by using an identical fuel pump that originally fits in a Peugeot (Actually we carry the same engine with Peugeot 406 2.0 diesel).
As long as you don't care for extra space and luxury, the Suzuki is the best vehicle you can get for an overland trip.
We have not met or heard from other people especially in Europe to travel overland with such a car. For sure, in Africa we are all alone to run our Suzuki!!!And we are 100% satisfied for our choice!!
When it comes to its offroad capabilities, I can assure you that it will make it in any occasions. However, it depends on the amendments and extras you are going to put/add (front/back diff lock, new socks, winch). It also depends in your driving style and experience.
In Greece, we have our Greek Vitara Club
with tons of information, technical advice and experience and hundreds of improvements.
You can check our website here: vitaraclub.gr
. Do not hesitate to ask for more information as they are great guys and they also have an english division. They helped us a lot with our car and they are very keen on adventures, traveling and expeditions.
Finally, you can check our blog and images to see how we amended the interior to put everything inside, what improvements we did etc. You can also find our contact details for more information.
Check here: thepinproject.blogspot.com