Perhaps surprisingly, given that the driver’s seat has no height adjustment and you can’t vary the height or reach of the steering wheel, the driving position isn’t too badly suited to most body shapes. The seat could do with a lot more support, though.
The simple dashboard has the necessary information clearly displayed, while all the controls are easy to reach and plainly labelled. However, it’s a pity that Suzuki hasn’t swapped around the indicator and wiper stalks for UK cars – you’ll have to get used to indicating with your right hand.
Suzuki Jimny visibility
High driving position and slim pillars
As you’d expect, the Jimny’s high driving position gives you a good view of the road ahead, and the car’s boxy shape and tall windows mean visibility at junctions is excellent, too. The relatively short overhangs also make it easy to judge the Suzuki’s extremities when parking – which is just as well given that parking sensors aren’t available even as an option.
Suzuki Jimny infotainment
You get a CD player, but that’s it
If you’re hoping for modern gadgets, such as sat-nav or a DAB radio, then you’ll be sorely disappointed. In fact, even the range-topping SZ4 model makes do without Bluetooth. All you get is a basic radio/CD player, which blurts out decidedly tinny sound from the two speakers in the front doors.
At least the simplicity of the system makes it easy to use; the buttons and knobs are big and simple to press at a glance, and the fact the stereo is positioned high up on the dashboard makes it easy to reach.
Suzuki Jimny build quality
Dour, cheap-feeling plastics throughout
The Jimny is comparatively cheap to buy, so you wouldn’t expect lots of plush-feeling plastics and luxurious leathers. Even so, the Jimny’s cabin feels particularly low-rent; the dashboard is hard and unforgiving to the touch, and there are some sharp and rough edges on show. The rubber gearknob is yet another reminder of the cost cutting that’s inevitably gone into keeping down the price, while the switchgear also feels fairly flimsy.