Cheap compared with most rival 4x4s; fuel economy isn’t a strong point
The Jimny is cheap for a fully-fledged 4x4, but depreciation is heavy – come selling time, it’ll be worth less than a third of the original price. You can expect a discount by haggling with your dealer, but not a huge one.
Fuel economy isn’t great for a car of this size, either; regardless of which gearbox you choose, you’ll get less than 40mpg. CO2 emissions are fairly high, although insurance and servicing costs are reasonable.
Suzuki Jimny equipment
Even the range-topper is basic
Entry-level SZ3 versions come with electric front windows, remote central locking, roof rails and a CD player, but that’s about it. We’d recommend going for the dearer SZ4 version because it adds must-have air-con, along with alloy wheels, faux leather seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. It also gets smarter looks, with two-tone roof rails, tinted glass and body-coloured door handles. Whichever trim you choose, though, luxuries such as heated seats and parking sensors aren’t even on the options list.
Suzuki Jimny reliability
Didn’t feature in our most recent reliability survey; average warranty
Having a separate chassis means the Jimny has been constructed with serious off-road use in mind. It can cope with this without problem, and while the engine and gearboxes aren’t exactly cutting edge, they are at least tried and tested. However, the Jimny didn’t feature in our most recent ownership satisfaction survey, so it’s impossible to give an accurate steer on the car’s mechanical reliability. Suzuki as a brand didn’t appear in the survey, either.
Like many rivals, the Jimny comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty and one year’s UK and European breakdown cover. Extended warranty cover is available.
Suzuki Jimny safety & security
Only two airbags and awful security score
The Jimny is far behind modern standards in this area; there are only two airbags (one for the driver and the other for the front passenger) and no clever features such as tyre pressure monitoring or automatic emergency braking. You do at least get stability control.
Euro NCAP are yet to put the Jimny through its crash testing procedure.
The absence of an alarm or deadlocks makes the Jimny incredibly easy to break into and to steal compared with most rivals. In fact, security experts Thatcham awarded it just two out of five for resisting theft, and one out of five for resisting being broken into.
This is the cheaper of the two trims, and gets you electric front windows, remote central locking, roof rails, front foglights and a CD player. There’s not much else, though, so we’d recommend stepping up to the SZ4 model.
Our pick SZ4
Gets you air-con, 15in alloy wheels, faux leather seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. The SZ4 also has smarter looks than the SZ3, with two-tone roof rails, tinted glass and body-coloured door handles. However, even this range-topping version misses out on essentials such as Bluetooth.