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.