If this was my only car, then I would not be writing this. My other vehicle is a Mercedes C220CDi Sport( see separate review). I bought the Jimny in November to replace an old Peugeot 106, I do a fair bit of field work when out on farms and like a second car to use in local area. For this it serves it purpose well, I am in fact surprised how good it is after reading press reviews. It sounds sweet, looks cute, does 60-70 without any problems on a longer run, anything more and the engine revs a bit, but the road noise is really quiet. Its never going to handle like a hot hatch, but then it is not one, its got plenty of toys and it gets far more comment and laughter with friends than the Mercedes would ever get. Off road it more than copes. If you have a large dog, a family or need to carry a fair amount of luggage, use motorways a lot, then this car is not for you. Otherwise give it a try, I hope you would be surprised as me. I paid £5000, its an 07 plate, done 7500 miles, bargain I say.
We live in real 4x4 country with a 1/4 mile track at a gradiant of 1 in 4 to get to the house. The Jimny is a second car, our main car is LandRover Freelander which cost 3 times the price of the Jimny. In context its a great 2nd car and is used daily for a 70 mile round trip to work without problem. It is easy to park, good mpg for a 4x4, good in bad weather both on and off road if driven based on the road or ground conditions) and reliable. Have only had one probelm from the day we bought the car new in 2008, a wheel shake at 45mph. The supplying dealer, new to Suzuki and who is also a Ford main dealer, in 6 months was as much use as a chocolate fire guard. The next dealer 75 miles away in Shrewsbury solved the problem, spoke with Suzuki and 24 hours later received permission for 2 new 5 spoke alloy wheels unde the vehicles warranty. They also fitted under the warranty, new front brakes pads and discs without any question or doubt - problem solved. I will always prefer my LandRover for the main car, but you get what you pay for and if you need a cheap and realiable 4x4 the Jimny does the job.
This car has to be seen in context. For a true 4X4, it is very cheap to buy and run - mine was £7499 on the road new, including the metallic paint option. I bought mine to replace an old SJ410 and it felt like a Land Rover Discovery in comparison. It is best seen as a practical two seater that can take a reasonable load, with the alternative facility to seat four plus minimal luggage for short journeys as required. On the plus side, the 4X4 ability is legendary (look at some of the recordings on YouTube to see what the car is capable of), the engine is smooth, the ride acceptable and the equipment quite comprehensive for something at this price. It is also pleasingly small when negotiating tight parking slots, yet doesn't feel small to drive and has excellent visibility. On the negative side, oddment storage space is quite limited. Also, you wouldn't want to drive this car very quickly into a tight corner and the ride can be somewhat unsettled, when encountering "bumps in the road", especially when cornering. You would not, however buy this car if your primary interest was in driving as quickly as you can from A to B. You would buy it if you wanted a cheap, tough, versatile vehicle that will cope with any weather condition that the UK can throw at you. My quite high rating of this car is based on this type of usage and in performing this function, I am highly delighted with the vehicle.
Hi, I've just had a 48 hour test drive in a Jimny, and I have to say, I loved it what a great little vehicle. Granted it may be 'rough round the edges,' but what a fun vehicle. The mpg isn't the best and I think the road tax is expensive. I own a Suzuki sx4, and I'm looking to downsize, hence the test drive. Happy motoring. Pete.
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