Suzuki Jimny

Suzuki Jimny information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the titchy 4x4. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Jimny car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.

Background

The smallest new 4x4 money can buy, and one of the cheapest too. Bear in mind it was first launched in 1998 and hasn’t changed much since then, so it’s hardly cutting edge. Fun though. Sole engine choice is a 1.3-litre petrol, with manual or auto gearboxes available. For more information on the Jimny, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test

It might look like a cutesy ‘Barbie goes on safari’ toy car, but the Jimny is staggeringly good off-road with selectable two- and four-wheel drive and a low range mode. Helped by its dinky dimensions, there are few obstacles it can’t scramble over. Equally, its titchy size means rear passenger space can be generously described as limited. Best to think of the Jimny as a two-seater with space for luggage. It’s a good laugh on the road too, but not necessarily for the right reasons. A wobbly gear lever, deafening road noise, bouncy ride, alarmingly vague steering and squirmy handling on its tall tyres make it a car that’s certainly engaging to drive. Top speed is 87mph, and it would take a brave driver to max it. Cramped, crude, slow, and lots of fun. Lovable and laughable in equal measure.

The one we’d buy

SZ4 offers more luxury (a relative term)

The one we’d avoid like the plague

SZ3

Rivals to consider

Fiat Panda 4x4

For 

Can embarrass much bigger 4x4s off road, very cheap to buy

Against

A long motorway journey in one might just tip you over the edge

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