Jimny Off roader experience with Which Car

What stands out in the Jimny

The Suzuki Jimny is an appealingly styled, low-cost, fun 4WD wagon that will take you almost anywhere. It is built tough and comes with dual-range gearing. As well, the Jimny’s compact dimensions make it easy to manoeuvre and to park in tight spots. While great off road, it comes with equipment to make it a handy runabout around town, such as Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and autonomous emergency braking.

Body style

The Jimny comes only as a three-door, four-seat, SUV-style wagon. It has part-time four-wheel drive, which means you can drive all four wheels but on soft or otherwise slippery surfaces. On normal sealed roads, the Jimny can be used in two-wheel drive. The Jimny is classified as a small SUV, lower priced.

Standard features across all Jimny models

  • Climate control air-conditioning, and central locking.
  • A 7.0-inch multimedia screen with satellite navigation, reversing camera display, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
  • Audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, and AM/FM radio.
  • Autonomous emergency braking, hill descent control, lane departure warning, and cruise control.
  • Power-adjusted door windows and exterior mirrors.
  • LED headlights with high-beam assist, and front fog-lamps.
  • Roof rails that make it easier to mount luggage systems.
  • Fifteen-inch wheels made from aluminium alloy, which are lighter than wheels made of steel. A full-sized spare wheel and tyre.
  • Part-time four-wheel drive, with dual-range gearing.
  • Electronic traction control, which helps prevent wheelspin on slippery roads and off-road.
  • Six airbags, and electronic stability control.
  • The Jimny comes with a five year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

Engine and fuel options.

There’s only one engine available in a Jimny, a 1.5-litre four cylinder. It gives its best performance and economy on premium, unleaded petrol, but it will run satisfactorily on regular petrol or E10. It has an extremely smooth engine that propels the lightweight Jimny in a lively manner around town and supplies enough urge for secure highway cruising, though.

When the engine is mated to the five-speed manual gearbox it uses 6.4 litres/100km in the official government test based on combined highway and city driving, and slightly more in the real world. With the optional four-speed automatic, it consumes 6.9 litres/100km combined.

How comfortable is the Jimny

The first impression when you climb into a Jimny is that this is a smaller car. Although don’t be fooled as the cabin is highly equipped, and well finished with the typical Japanese attention to detail. The cabin is relatively tall, however, and the upright seating position gives great vision over the bonnet and out to the sides of the car. The driver’s seat is comfortable, but the steering wheel only adjusts up and down.

The Jimny is light and easy to drive, especially as an automatic. Its compact size and great vision make it particularly easy to manoeuvre in tight carparks and the like, something that drivers who are inexperienced or not very confident will appreciate. The Jimny doesn’t have a lot of power but because it is very light it gets off the mark quite well. You can keep up with traffic in town without working it hard. Out on the open road it also gets along with the traffic, but it doesn’t have much overtaking power and on some hills, you will need to work it hard. This means using a lot of the accelerator and changing down a gear or two to let the engine rev freely.

Enjoyment driving the Jimny

The Jimny is a surprisingly fun car to drive around the city and through suburb areas, especially on a winding road, mainly because it’s so light and manoeuvrable. The good thing about the solid-axle chassis is that it’s ideally suited to off-road driving, as it allows the wheels to move up and down a long way to maintain contact with rough ground.

The Jimny also has plenty of clearance under the chassis, while the front and rear bodywork does not stick out far beyond the front and rear wheels, which means you can nudge up to and over steep obstacles without grounding the bumpers. With all that going for it, and its low weight, the Jimny will just about go anywhere off-road, sometimes to the embarrassment of more expensive and sophisticated 4WD vehicles.

Switching between two- and four-wheel-drive is simple. You use a shifter between the front seats to select 2WD or 4WD, which can be operated while driving. To select low-range 4WD, which makes it easier to drive very slowly off road, you need to stop the car first so that the low gears can engage.

Hill descent control helps negotiate steep descents by automatically controlling the braking so you can concentrate on steering around obstacles. If you puncture a tyre, you can swap it for the Jimny’s rear-mounted full-size spare without unloading the car. Owners can also feel secure in the Jimny’s toughness and durability, with previous generations earning an excellent reputation for reliability.

What life is like in the rear cabin

Access to the Jimny’s two rear seats is via the front doors, after the backrest of a front seat has been folded forward, and the seat-base slid forward. Getting in and out is easy enough for children and small, agile adults, but difficult for anyone else. If bigger adults aren’t sitting in the front, then leg room at the back is more then fine. But once either front seat is slid back to accommodate a tall person, there’s little leg room left at the rear. The tall cabin does, however, make for decent headroom in the back, and there’s also sufficient room for two adults width-wise. Getting small children in and out of car seats in the rear is hampered by the two-door arrangement.

Jimny Verdict

The all-new Suzuki Jimny is one to tick multiple boxes, it excels in multiple areas and can be the perfect compact SUV to get you anywhere you desire. The Jimny is the perfect affordable two wheel and four by four car for anyone wanting to explore the great Australian landscape.

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