For The Suzuki Jimny is one of the cheapest new 4x4s on sale and it's capable off-road thanks to its low-ratio 'box. The warranty is good, too.

Against There are too many shortcomings in the way the Jimny drives on the road: it's painfully slow, the ride is too firm and it's short of grip. It's also very tight on rear passenger space.

Suzuki Jimny 4x4
11 5stars

Tough, and capable in the mud. However, the Suzuki Jimny is way too far behind its excellent SUV rivals in far too many areas.

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The full Suzuki Jimny review

There are 2 Suzuki Jimny versions available

4x4 1.3 SZ3 3dr £12,195
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
4x4 1.3 SZ4 3dr £13,645
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5

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It is cheap and rugged, but expect anything beyond that and the Suzuki Jimny flounders.

Off-road is the only place where this dinky 4x4 is any good, and even there it has to overcome the obstacle of a gutless 1.3-litre engine. At least low-range gears make it unlikely that you’ll get bogged down.

The Jimny is built like a workhorse – chunky and clunky – and the ride isn’t much different, either. Head on road and it is bouncy and uncomfortable, plus the Jimny's body leans terribly in bends and there's little grip.

Getting up to speed requires hard revving of the noisy engine, and the din is joined by road and wind noise to assault your ears from all angles.

The interior is basic and lacks the luxury items and quality you get in other small SUVs. Space is tight, too - it's best to see the Jimny as a two-seater and fold the rear seats down to extend the cramped boot.

Reader test team says:

Suzuki Jimny 4x4 1.3 JLX 3dr

I disagree with the Whatcar official review. Yes this is a stripped down, basic and 'raw' car but then you'd know this the moment you walked into a…

Mark Hewitt

4 out of 5 stars

Suzuki Jimny 4x4 1.3 JLX 3dr

I absolutely love this car. The high driving position gives excellent visibility and easy to park. And I love it's small rugged looks I fitted 4x4 mud…

Cameron Cheesman

4 out of 5 stars

Suzuki Jimny 4x4 1.3 JLX 3dr

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…

Ian Wiebkin

1 out of 5 stars

Suzuki Jimny 4x4 1.3 SZ4 3dr

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…

Roger Cantwell

4 out of 5 stars
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