The Suzuki Jimny is not a new car, it’s been around since 1998 and with few updates over the years too. We are looking at the 2015 Sierra model today though and happy to report that the good things are still there and there is still good, old off-road value to it. It’s small stature packs in a lot of 4 wheel-drive punch!
The Jimny is VERY basic though so it won’t come with a lot of the frills available on other models. You’ll get front fog lamps, steel wheels, roof rails, remote central locking, electric front windows and power steering. Some changes that have been added to “update” its look include updated instrument cluster, new steering wheel and revised seat trim.
On the safety front, again the Jimny is bare. It’s not been ANCAP rated but we’ll safely say that it won’t get 5 stars considerinf the lack of curtain airbags – there’s only one for each person in front. You will get ISOFIX points though which we supppose is as good as it gets.
The Jimny’s engine regularly requires a bit of hard pushing and unfortunately, that’s going to drive up your fuel consumption. The more you load into the car, the more it’s going to grunt. If it’s just a couple of people up front, the drive is decent at its best, and the car is almost always in its lower gears just so that it can keep pace.
Get out into terrain though and the Jimny shines. It’s ladder-frame chassis, three-link coil-over suspension front and rear allows for great control and articulation over all sorts of surfaces – you’ll nary feel the car go off balance. In 4L mode the drivetrain was distributes torque to all 4 sides of the vehicle and it get really get you where you need to go. You’ll find that it’s attributable to the Jimny’s short wheelbase and its approach and departure angles at 34 degrees and 46 degrees respectively.
The interior of the Jimny gives you the bare essentials – it’s hard plastic and an outdated speaker with little to no trace of technology in sight. The seats are comfortable enough but you’ll definitely be wanting for space, especially if you’re a particularly tall or wide person. There are not that many storage options either save for some bottle holders and a small cubby up in the front.
The boot space is rather abysmal to at 113 litres of space. Even with the seats folded down, you’ll only get 324 litres of cargo room, so best to stay away from this option if you’re the kind of person who needs to bring gear or you need to tote along equipment for the family.
We still love this little off-roading machine despite its shortcomings and apparent lack of nearly everything. It’s a great car for a new driver who enjoys the great outdoors if you can ignore how it performs at speed. It’s not terribly expensive and car financing deals could most definitely be affordable for you and your family should you choose to explore the Jimny as your next option!