Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The entry-level Jimny is a couple of thousands pounds cheaper the larger, if not quite so capable, four-wheel-drive Dacia Duster. There are only two trim levels for the Jimny, which means that the top-spec model is roughly the same price as the entry-level Seat Arona.
Fuel economy isn’t great for a car of this size, either; regardless of which gearbox you choose, you’re likely to average 40mpg at the most. CO2 emissions are high at 156g/km, although insurance and servicing costs are likely to be more reasonable.
Equipment, options and extras
No Jimny is badly equipped, with entry-level SZ4 versions getting air conditioning, cruise control, electric front windows, automatic lights and of course four-wheel drive. Upgrade to SZ5 trim and you add alloy wheels, LED headlights, climate control, heated front seats, a leather steering wheel and a touchscreen infotainment system.
Although the Jimny didn’t feature in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, Suzuki was the most reliable manufacturer for cars up to four years old, beating Lexus and Toyota to the top spot. That should be reassuring to anyone looking at heading into the wilderness with their Jimny.
Like many rivals, the Jimny comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. Extended warranty cover is available for an extra cost.
Safety and security
We’ve got some good news and we’ve got some bad news regarding the Jimny’s safety. The good is that you get a collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and the usual selection of airbags.
The bad is that it only received a three-star (out of five) rating from Euro NCAP, with low scores in almost every category. Saying that, the Dacia Duster also scored only three stars, despite road-focused SUVs such as the Seat Arona tending to receive the full five stars.