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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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Suzuki Jimny
34 reader reviews for Suzuki Jimny 4x4.
  • 1.3 JLX 3dr

    Ian Wiebkin , England: Surrey . Date: 24/11/2014
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    What on earth made me buy this car? A very persuasive salesman... Plodding, that's the best way to describe the Jimny. Looks like it was born in a bygone era, puny and inefficient engine. It has beam axles at both ends, a high seating position, a short wheelbase. You can speculate on the result. A pogo stick is more satisfactory through a series of curves. The long-travel suspension copes quite well with huge bumps, but shudders on smaller ones. It is just possible to buy a slower-accelerating car elsewhere. Just about. But the plucky little 1.3 engine does a fair job, and certainly delivers all the performance that the chassis can handle. Useless for the towing. It's noisy and cramped inside. The Jimny has heavy duty engineering, but a distinctly off-hand approach to fripperies like soft-feel plastics or chrome-edged dials. With only four seats and a small cargo bay the Jimny can't carry either. It does have one advantage as a town car: it's tiny and boxy so it's easy to park. Which is just as well as you'll be dying to stop and get out as it's so uncomfortable. It's so cheap it's practically disposable... I'm disposing of mine as soon as I can find someone silly enough to buy it!

  • 1.3 SZ4 3dr

    Roger Cantwell Date: 10/04/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    Great fun to drive with the tall position, a doddle to park, perfectly adequate space in the back even for full-size adults (just try getting in the back of an Audi A1, which is really a Hopeless 2+2). It's not the fastest thing but it's hardly dog-slow if you use the gears and it's quite happy at 70mph, if a bit buzzy. These cars go on for ever though, so don't worry about it. Yes, it has a crashy ride but that's because it has proper off-road suspension (beam axles) and it won't break. Contrary to the "review", you should get the SZ4 because it's hardly any more money than the SZ3 and you get aircon, which you absolutely need with those big windows.

    I only have three criticisms:

    1. The stereo sounds terrible. A £50 speaker upgrade is all you need (the head unit is fine) 2. The gearshift is rubbery and rather vague. You get used to it. 3. VED is £180/year (ouch) and you'll probably never see as much as 40mpg.

    I test drove a vast number of cars before buying the Jimny and I am very glad I went for it.

  • 1.3 SZ4 3dr

    narinder chander , . Date: 04/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    I love this car! I have driven my automatic now for a couple of weeks and it gives me lots of pleasure. It reminds me of true motoring fun where you're aware of the vehicle handling over roads and all the wonderful mechanical noises emanating from the engine and the vehicle. I even enjoy driving it on motorways, I don't find it takes an age to get to 60 - 70 mph (plenty fast for me), noise is just fine. It's fun to drive, is economical and every ride is satisfying. Around town it's easy to handle, parking is easy, and the high driving position gives a wonderful view of the road in all directions. I don't know why people try to compare it to a silky smooth saloon car because that's not what the Jimny is about. I went on a 'Jeep Safari' in Majorca recently, drove a JImny and fell in love with it straight away. Couldn't believe how good it was over rutted dirt tracks. Just had to buy one when I got back to the UK. Improvements I'd like to suggest to Suzuki would be: 1. diesel engine with auto gearbox (I only drive autos), 2. climate control air conditioning, 3. parking sensors as standard (I always fit these to all the cars I own). Can't wait for the journey to work tomorrow and the driving in the coming years of ownership! So, ignore what most of the motoring press say, read the owner reviews and try it yourselves - with the right attitude I'm sure you'll like it. If you don't then I'm afraid you're just not the 'Jeep' vehicle type so go for the silky smooth types.

  • 1.3 JLX+ 3dr

    Ray Paterson , Gloucestershire . Date: 07/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38.7

    My car

    I have had my Jimny a couple of months now and I am very attached to it. A lot of professional reviews give the Jimny a low score but lots of owners love it. As a small 4x4 it isn't going to be a luxury drive - reviewers drive some very expensive cars. If you have just driven the latest Aston Martin or Range Rooney I guess the Jimny won't measure up well against them. My previous vehicle was a Vauxhall Combo 1.7 crew van and it was not nearly as good as the Jimny to drive. The Combo had much worse wind noise, I didn't like the seats, engine noise was louder, it leaked water so the floor was permanently wet and it cost me a fortune in parts over 4 years. I expect the Jimny to be much more reliable as it was built in Japan. I really enjoy driving the Jimny, liking the high driving position and the way it tackles the increasing number of potholes in our roads. I don't mind the limited top speed and find it a comfortable drive at 60 on the motorway. I like the engine note and considering what the reviews say I don't find I have to push the engine hard. I guess this is a 'Marmite' car. It has a lot of character and you will love or hate it. I expect to stick with it for a long time and wouldn't trade it for a 'eurobox'. My main complaint is that they never sold the diesel here - if they brought in a 1.5 diesel I would be after a new one.

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