Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The very existence of the Suzuki Jimny LCV should be credited to its engine and emission levels. With this 1.5-litre petrol unit being unable to adapted for hybrid power, it was always going to be phased out for use in a passenger car. However, its 173g/km CO2 emissions output wasn’t sufficient to discount it from being a van.
This gutsy little engine produces a respectable 100bhp and 95lb ft of torque. However, being a non-turbocharged petrol unit maximum power is reached at 6,000rpm and peak torque arrives at heady 4,000rpm, and that isn't isn’t ideal for a commercial vehicle that will be expected to carry heavy loads or perform towing duties.
On the road, the Jimny isn’t quite as accomplished. A short wheelbase makes the Jimny LCV bouncy and the relatively high sides, given its proportions, contribute to a good deal of body roll – more than you experience in a Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial, for example. And while coil springs go someway to providing you with a degree of sophistication over a leaf-sprung pick-up truck, the Jimny is far from SUV-like in its ride comfort; indeed most comparable vans, such as the Vauxhall Combo Cargo 4x4, do it better, too.
The engine is also very noisy if you’re trying to make use of all the power, while the gearbox’s short ratios means that the engine is also loud at a cruise. Add plenty of road and wind noise into the mix and it’s a car that will have you reaching for the volume control on the stereo. A relaxed motorway cruiser it is not.