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  • Launched in 2019
  • SUV
  • Petrol
  • Launch year
    2019
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol

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Best bits

  • Quirky and characterful little 4x4
  • Very capable off road
  • Maintenance costs should be low

Not so great

  • Now strictly a two-seater
  • You'll pay a premium for one
  • Hilariously bad to drive on the road

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Overall verdict on the Suzuki Jimny

"The Suzuki Jimny is a flawed 4x4 that sells in small numbers. It's cramped, unrefined and – from 2021 – only available with two seats. Despite that, buyers are happy to pay a premium for one of the trendiest off-roaders on sale today."

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The latest Suzuki Jimny is a victim of its own success. As soon as it was revealed in 2018, buyers were falling over themselves to register their interest in the boxy off-roader. The minute it arrived in the UK, speculators were flipping them for profits like a rare Italian supercar. And then Suzuki took it off sale.


One of the best 4x4s going, the Jimny is an old-school off-roader with the carbon footprint of an avocado – which, unbelievable, produces the some CO2s as half kilo of bananas. Without any hybrid technology, Suzuki can't afford to sell anywhere near as many as buyers would like; doing so would cost the brand a fortune in fines for failing to meet emission targets.


Suzuki confirmed that its quirky off-roader would be axed from the range in 2020. It came as the carmaker aimed to hybridise it's model line-up and meet CO2 emissions regulations.


The future of the compact 4x4 was already up in the air after Suzuki UK said it would only be sold "in very limited numbers throughout 2020". The brand confirmed that "once existing and limited number dealer allocations to customers are fulfilled over the next 4-5 months", it will be axed from the range.


Non-electrified variants of all Suzuki models have been phased out and the Jimny is no longer available to order from new. This is mostly due to the adverse effect it has on the brand’s fleet average CO2 emissions. Even the cleanest Jimny produces 154g/km of CO2 - which is well above the 95g/km fleet average Suzuki needs to meet.


However do not despair. Because after a brief hiatus, the Jimny returned to showrooms in 2021. It's now strictly a two-seater, badged the Jimny LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle), meaning it has to comply with less stringent emission regulations. Suzuki is still limiting sales, though, with each dealer allocated just two or three examples each year. This makes the £19,999 list price rather redundant – we've seen nearly-new examples changing hands for closer to £30,000.


The passenger-carrying Jimny and the commercial model are pretty much identical to drive. It's flawed, with a ladder-frame chassis (like an old Defender) meaning it ping-pongs down the road with all the precision of a drunken goose. There's just one engine available: a 1.5-litre petrol that produces just 101PS. An automatic gearbox was briefly offered with the four-seat Jimny, but most used examples feature a five-speed manual transmission.


What it lacks in on-road dexterity, it makes up for in off road ability. Selectable four-wheel-drive is standard, as well as a low-range gearbox (great for low-speed technical manoeuvring) and hill-descent control. Extreme off-roaders will bemoan its lack of ground clearance, but its compact dimensions mean it'll squeeze through narrow farm gates that'd leave a Land Rover owner wincing for their bodywork.


The Jimny was initially offered in SZ4 or SZ5 trim levels. We reckon the SZ5 is the one to go for, as it comes with desirable features like heated seats, a seven-inch media system and fancy LED headlights. Some prefer the more utilitarian look of the SZ4, though, with its steel wheels and black exterior door handles. Indeed, later models remove the element of choice – the Jimny LCV is based on the SZ4, with spec highlights including air conditioning, DAB radio and cruise control.


No matter which trim you choose, the interior is about as luxurious as a mountain bothy. There are lots of hard plastics that feel like they’ll outlast the apocalypse, while the seats are back-to-basics affairs. It’s pretty cramped in there, too. Adults will be OK in the front, while kids will put up with the rear seats for the fun factor. With the back seats in use, though, you won’t even fit a couple of shopping bags in the boot.


That's why, in some ways, the Jimny makes more sense as a commercial vehicle. With the rear seats removed, you'll find a large boot with a flat floor and a 863-litre capacity. The LCV model also comes with a steel partition in front of the load area – great for keeping you safe from whatever you may be carrying, but not so great if you're more than six foot tall and need plenty of adjustment in the driver's seat.


Most people will be better looking elsewhere. Bigger off-roaders like the Land Rover Defender, Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Jeep Wrangler are all more practical, more comfortable and easier to drive. Alternatively, the Suzuki Vitara is a reliable crossover SUV that's available with four-wheel drive, while the Dacia Duster is an affordable alternative that's surprisingly capable off road. There's nothing else quite like a Jimny, though – and high demand means you won't lose a lot of money if you decide it's not for you.


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Suzuki Jimny (1998-2019) review.


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  • 2019
  • 8,297 miles
  • Stoneacre Suzuki Middlesbrough
  • Yorkshire, TS42ET
Price:£29,995
PCP: £572.77/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £572.77, Customer Deposit: £4,499.00, Total Deposit: £4,499.25, Optional Final Payment: £11,513.32, Total Charge For Credit: £6,064.52, Total Amount Payable: £36,059.52, Representative APR: 11.3%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.81%, Excess Mileage Charge: 6.78ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Suzuki Jimny right for you?

It’s easy to get charmed by the Jimny’s cutesy appearance and, on the face of it, it might not offer bad value for money (certainly compared to bigger off-roaders like the Land Rover Defender). But it takes a sense of humour and surprising levels of commitment to drive a Jimny every day, especially if you plan to cover long distances.


If extreme off-roading isn’t on the cards, most buyers will find a more conventional crossover SUV like the Suzuki Vitara will do the job a lot better than the Jimny. It’ll be better to drive, cheaper to run and you won’t need to decide between your children or the weekly shop.


On the plus side, if you do fancy a Jimny, Suzuki is limiting the number sold in the UK and demand is showing no sign of dropping. That means you could buy one, run it for a year or two, and you’re unlikely to lose a significant amount of money when you come to sell it. There aren’t many modern cars we can say that about.

What’s the best Suzuki Jimny model/engine to choose?

Engine choice is easy as there’s only one: the 1.5-litre petrol. Whether you should look for one with the manual or automatic gearbox comes down to personal preference, but we think the manual transmission suits the mechanical nature of the car. Besides, the four-speed automatic torque-converter gearbox isn’t exactly civilised.


There are two trim levels to choose from on the used market. There’s something really cool about the SZ4 model with its steel wheels, CD player and primary colour pallet, but most buyers opt for the SZ5. This means there are more available, and you can get the SZ5 in funkier colours, too. Plus, it means you get navigation rather than having to rely on traditional maps (or a TomTom stuck onto the windscreen). From 2021, the Jimny is only available in LCV flavour, based on the SZ4.

What other cars are similar to the Suzuki Jimny?

There’s nothing else quite like the Suzuki Jimny. In some ways, it’s a scaled-down version of rugged off-roaders like the Land Rover Defender, Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Jeep Wrangler. You could also compare it to small crossover SUVs like the Suzuki Vitara and Honda HR-V - these are better to drive, more comfortable, yet don’t quite have the same amount of character. If you’d like a small SUV that puts functionality over style, you should also look at the Dacia Duster.


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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Can you buy a Suzuki Jimny in the United States?

The original Jimny was launched in 1970, and since then Suzuki has sold almost 3 million in 194 different countries, but not a single one in the US market, which the brand left in 2013.

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What kind of accessories can I get for the Jimny?

As a car aimed at those with a more adventurous lifestyle, the Jimny comes with all sorts of gear to help you get out there, from attachable tents, to surfboard racks and a tow bar.

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Do I have the choice between a manual and automatic gearbox?

Yes. The automatic Jimny costs £1000 more than the standard manual, and only has just four forward speeds. It does make it easier to drive in traffic, but hampers faster progress.

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What happened to the Jimny convertible?

All previous generations of the Jimny were offered as a convertible (the original from 1970 even had fabric doors). Great for desert driving, but the latest car has just one body style.

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