Suzuki Jimny

Used Suzuki Jimny 4x4 1998 - 2018 review

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(1998 - 2018)
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Which used Suzuki Jimny 4x4 should I buy?

On paper, it looks as if the Suzuki Jimny range is pretty basic: two trim levels and only one engine for most of its life, with a choice of hard or soft tops. However, that doesn't quite tell the whole story, because a huge range of accessories allowed owners to personalise their cars, so you may well need to shop around to find one that suits you.

Mechanically, all Jimnys are pretty much the same. For most of its life, the Jimny had a 79bhp 1.3-litre engine, which was only updated in January 2005 as part of a major facelift that also brought a revised cabin. These facelifted models are the best ones in the range, but steer clear of the soft-top. It doesn't give a true wind-in-the-hair experience and had to carry on with the weaker, less refined old engine even after the facelift. Avoid the automatic version if you can because it makes an already slow car glacial.

JLX and later SZ3 cars are rather basic, but JLX + and SZ4 ones are more generously equipped with alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, air conditioning and part-leather seats. On the whole, it is the later SZ4 that’s best because of the improvements in interior quality on later cars.

Our favourite Suzuki Jimny: 1.3 SZ4 manual

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Suzuki Jimny

Which used Suzuki Jimny 4x4 should I buy?

On paper, it looks as if the Suzuki Jimny range is pretty basic: two trim levels and only one engine for most of its life, with a choice of hard or soft tops. However, that doesn't quite tell the whole story, because a huge range of accessories allowed owners to personalise their cars, so you may well need to shop around to find one that suits you.

Mechanically, all Jimnys are pretty much the same. For most of its life, the Jimny had a 79bhp 1.3-litre engine, which was only updated in January 2005 as part of a major facelift that also brought a revised cabin. These facelifted models are the best ones in the range, but steer clear of the soft-top. It doesn't give a true wind-in-the-hair experience and had to carry on with the weaker, less refined old engine even after the facelift. Avoid the automatic version if you can because it makes an already slow car glacial.

JLX and later SZ3 cars are rather basic, but JLX + and SZ4 ones are more generously equipped with alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, air conditioning and part-leather seats. On the whole, it is the later SZ4 that’s best because of the improvements in interior quality on later cars.

Our favourite Suzuki Jimny: 1.3 SZ4 manual

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