Overall reader verdict 4 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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36 reader reviews for Suzuki Jimny 4x4.
  • 1.3 JLX 3dr

    Mark Hewitt Date: 03/09/2015
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      36

    My car

    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 dealership or sat in one. Within 10secs its very apparent so anyone who buys one- what were you doing if it took you ownership to realise this?

    Its not painfully slow- its geared differently from standard road cars but it does feel nippy. You drive most 4x4's differently to say a VW or Ford.

    Since I've owned my Jimny I've had two people approach me in the supermarket carpark to ask me about my thoughts on it, a garage mechanic mentioned he likes them alot and others comment.

    I doubt I'd get a squeek if I owned a Ford Focus 1.6 petrol. Its a character, bags of character, its stripped down- in that old-school sort of way. It has charm and it has foibles but then doesn't that go part-way to create a character?

    I can happily sit at 70mph on the motorway. A note- on older Jimny's when the kingpins are worn (usually from driving up kerbs when parking) the car develops a wobble at speed. Replace the kingpins then you are sorted. For me - the height you sit at- the length. The length! Its amazing to park. Its half the length of my Subaru Forester. Its nimble, nippy, great round town and lanes and in winter. Boy. You wont have any issues.

  • 1.3 JLX 3dr

    Cameron Cheesman , Kent . Date: 17/02/2015
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      27

    My car

    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 tyres to my car to give even better off road abilities (never got stuck). The ride is a bit bumpy over small bumps but it doesn't bother me the only bat point I have to say about it is the fuel economy.

  • 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.

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