Suzuki Jimny Reviewed: Still A Good Buy Or Glad We’ll Say Goodbye?

With Suzuki currently developing the new generation Jimny, now it’s probably a good time to check out the current one in action.

Introduced in 1998, and modestly updated since then, it comes from an era when the Nissan Juke hadn’t been invented yet and the SUV segment was nowhere near as crowded as it is now, with manufacturers trying to cover every little niche they can think of.

Unlike modern day small SUVs, the Suzuki Jimny is really at home off the beaten path, as PitStop point out in their review. And you don’t even have to pay extra to get an all-wheel drive system, as it’s offered as standard.

Of course, with the short wheelbase and mid-1990s engineering, the small 4×4 isn’t a joy to drive on the highway, where there is quite a lot of noise coming inside, especially from the engine bay. And with only 83hp, overtaking takes some planning ahead.

The interior is just as one would expect it to be: totally outdated but utilitarian, and given that it’s used to seeing a fair share of muddy boots and wet clothes, it’s built to last.

So, the Jimny may not be comfortable, fast or high-tech, but it manages to get the job done. As the reviewer says, it has its own character and is very fun to drive. And at £12,999 (equal to $17,987) in the UK, it doesn’t cost a fortune either, although what you pay is what you get probably describes it best. Let’s just hope the new Jimny will get rid of most flaws while keeping its off-roading abilities more or less intact.

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  • Six_Tymes

    I hope the new upcoming generation is as good as this.

    • brn

      As good as this is for off roading. I hope it’s better in other ways.

      • Six_Tymes

        i was referring to a standard, in hopes the new does not fall below it. how is that, is that easier for you to understand now?

        • Mynameis Taylor

          damn, why so rude?

  • ramish rambarran

    When the first model came out it our country, it was more angular than the one in the photo. The engine was a 970cc displacement. It was nicknamed “The Abortionist” !

  • Bash

    :D:D I think its good-bye until the next one comes.
    I really hope the next one is as good as this was.

  • Vanishing Boy

    Still love the thing, perfect for 3rd-world commuting! Would own!

  • Didi Mulyadi

    Ahh I wish they sell these in USA, I am driving 1996 RAV4 2 Dr AWD manual. That is the closetc I can get to Jimny. No low range or frame ladder but 2.0 liter with center diff. Man I have to wait few more years before I can import one to USA.

  • Agu.55

    I hope the new one will also comes in diesel turbo

  • smartacus

    i’d love to own a JImny.4×4
    Just got finished seeing them
    where i was. I’d be very happy
    to import one in a few years.