The Suzuki Jimny has a loyal band of followers in this country who have driven their cars around the world in a variety of difficult situations. Now if you can get your hands on one of their new models then break into your piggy bank now and get it.
Not only is it one of the best small 4x4s around but because of European regulations the company is only allowed to bring so many into Europe or Suzuki will get penalised across their range. That means if you’ve got one then it’s a great investment for the future.
There was recent media speculation that the Jimny might be scrapped in Europe but Suzuki have confirmed that the model will remain on sale in the UK in limited numbers throughout this year.
At the launch in late 2018, Suzuki said the higher CO2 emissions levels of the Jimny could adversely affect its whole range CO2 average in Europe. A target was set across its range of vehicles according to EU legislation.
The new Jimny has won prizes by the armful and I’m not surprised because it’s a great motor.
This tiny SUV from Japan has been around for 50 years of which three million have been produced with satisfied customers from around the world. Ever since the first Jimny made its debut in 1970, it has been a masterpiece of Suzuki’s 4WD technology. It is the one and only authentic off-roader that still retains its off-road performance desired by professionals.
Twenty years have passed since the third-generation model made its debut in 1998 and the Jimny has now evolved to its fourth generation.
There are three versions which cost from £15,200 through to £18,700, with automatic or manual gearboxes. The new model is powered by a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 101PS and this is now of lightweight construction for improved fuel efficiency.
The new Jimny is one of the few authentic off-roaders equipped with a rigid axle for both front and rear. The front axle housing is constructed of more robust high tensile steel and the rear axle housing is larger diameter with 30 per cent higher flexural strength for greater durability.
Jimny features a part-time 4WD system with low range transfer gear, which can be easily switched from 2H (2WD-high gear), 4H (4WD-high gear) and 4L (4WD-low gear) modes by a manually operated shift lever directly connected to the transfer gear. The mpg is around 35 and the top speed is 90mph.
New Jimny is 30mm shorter in overall length, 45mm wider and 20mm higher than previous model and ALLGRIP PRO selectable four-wheel drive is fitted as standard equipment.
It is the most technically advanced Jimny and it available with Dual Sensor Brake Support, Hill Descent Control, Lane Departure Warning, six airbags, and High Beam Assist all fitted as standard equipment. SZ5 grade features LED headlights as standard.
There is high standard specification for SZ4 to include air conditioning, cruise control, Dual Sensor Brake Support, CD player with DAB Radio, Bluetooth connectivity and front foglamps. The SZ5 adds 15-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, Climate Control, Navigation system with Smartphone Link, heated front seats.
The more upright A-pillars and flat clamshell bonnet enhance visibility from the windscreen, while the dipped driver and passenger window lines provide good visibility from the side windows.
The front grille is simple and black, highlighting the round signature headlamps, with 15-inch dark-metallic alloy wheels fitted on the SZ5 model accentuating the strong exterior even more.
Six body colours are available including a new colour developed exclusively for the new Jimny: a high-visibility Kinetic Yellow designed to stand out in bad weather or when in use on rough ground worksites. Metallic paint is a £485 option with dual tone metallic paint available as a £650 option.
Other functions include as standard equipment for both grades include Lane Departure Warning and weaving alert function which help the driver stay alert, and high beam assist supports relaxing and courteous night driving by automatically switching the high and low beams at speeds of 25mph and above.
The rear luggage space can be expanded by folding the rear seats, creating 377 litre space which is 53 litres larger than its predecessor. The rear seats now fold fully flat and the quarter trims and seats have been carefully designed to increase storage width.
The bigger engine delivers a higher torque which enhances driving performance especially while driving off-road where a low engine speed is often needed.
The new Jimny handles extremely well. It incorporates the four essentials for serious off-roading — a ladder frame, three excellent clearance angles, 3-link rigid axle suspension with coil spring and part-time 4WD with low range transfer gear.