Cost & verdict

Suzuki Jimny review

Suzuki Jimny front
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10 May 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 28 Sep 2018 16:18

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Suzuki Jimny 4x4 running costs

We’re yet to receive firm pricing for the Jimny, but it looks to be a couple of thousand more than the larger if not quite so capable Dacia Duster when fitted with four-wheel drive. The Jimny is at least reasonably well equipped, although we don’t yet know what depreciation, discounts and finance costs are like.

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 fairly high, although insurance and servicing costs are likely to be reasonable.

Suzuki Jimny 4x4 equipment

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.

Suzuki Jimny 4x4 reliability

Although the Jimny didn’t feature in the latest 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.

Suzuki Jimny boot

Suzuki Jimny 4x4 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.

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Verdict

Almost unstoppable off road, but rather crude on it

  • Exceedingly capable off road
  • Well equipped
  • Good visibility
  • Woeful refinement
  • Feeble performance
  • Low-rent cabin
  • Tiny boot