What alternatives should I consider to a used Suzuki Jimny 4x4?
There aren’t many rivals to the Suzuki Jimny. Cars with genuine off-road ability tend to be quite large and expensive because more modern four-wheel-drive systems are a lot more complicated than the rather rudimentary one used on the Jimny. Also, having full-blown off-roader tech compromises a car’s on-road drive, which is not what most small-SUV buyers want.
The Dacia Duster has a decent amount of mud-plugging ability for a minuscule outlay, but its four-wheel-drive system only engages when it detects the front wheels are slipping. It doesn’t have solid axles, either, and therefore doesn’t have the wheel articulation to match the Jimny. Still, it is a lot more economical and refined than the Jimny, plus it is much more practical as a family car.