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 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.

  • 1.3 JLX+ 3dr

    anthony gant , suffolk . Date: 01/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    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.

  • 1.3 JLX+ 3dr

    andy statham , gwynedd . Date: 30/07/2008
    • 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

    My car

    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.

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