Updated over the years, the Jimny’s 1.3-litre petrol engine still makes only 84bhp, so this isn’t a quick car. The five-speed manual version takes more than 14 seconds to reach 62mph and the four-speed automatic a yawn-inducing 17 seconds. Top speed is just 87mph (84mph for the auto). Mind you, given the Jimny’s top-heavy handling and poor grip, you wouldn’t want to go any faster.
It holds its own off-road, thanks partly to low-range gears, although you still have to work the engine hard.
Suzuki Jimny ride comfort
Uncomfortable almost all of the time
The standards in this class aren’t exactly sky high – even far pricier alternatives such as the Skoda Yeti jostle you around more than we’d like. However, the Jimny is still extremely disappointing in this area; the ride is uncomfortably jarring on anything other than glass-smooth surfaces, and the car bounces around disconcertingly on undulating stretches of road.
Suzuki Jimny handling
Good off road; awful on it
The Jimny is good off the beaten track, tackling demanding terrain that most road-oriented SUVs would struggle with. That’s partly thanks to impressive ground clearance and short overhangs, but also the good traction provided by the four-wheel-drive system.
Back on terra firma, however, the Suzuki really struggles. There’s an unnerving amount of body lean even though gentle bends and a worrying shortage of grip. The steering is also seriously vague, which makes doing more than 50mph somewhat unsettling.
Suzuki Jimny refinement
Noisy and crude
You could be forgiven for thinking that Suzuki has totally ignored refinement in the Jimny. The engine is coarse even at low revs, and seriously boomy when revved hard – something you have to do all too regularly because of the shortage of performance.
he Jimny becomes unacceptably rowdy out of town and at higher speeds, with far too much road, engine and wind noise.
To make matters worse, the manual gearshift is decidedly agricultural, so selecting the right gear isn’t always easy.
This is the only engine, and with just 84bhp (and 81lb ft of torque) it’s not a strong one. That’s putting it mildly if you go for the automatic version, which takes more than 17 seconds to accelerate to 62mph. However, even the manual model struggles to keep pace on A-roads – let alone motorways.