2019 Suzuki Jimny Subjected To Moose Test – Does It Pass?

To put it as mildly as possible, older small Suzuki SUVs might have been excellent off-road, but weren’t known for their handling and grip on the tarmac. Thus, it’s only natural to wonder whether the new Jimny is any better.

The 2019 Jimny was subjected to the (in)famous ‘moose’ test, which has claimed quite a few victims over the years. The goal was to see if it can avoid an obstacle in front of it and then get back in its lane as quick as possible at moderate speeds.

At 76 km/h (47 mph), 1 km/h (0.6 mph) slower than the goal, the 2019 Jimny couldn’t complete this maneuver. The steering was slow to respond, requiring the driver to act extremely fast, and the low grip of the tires didn’t help either. The vehicle also failed to pass the test at 71 km/h (44 mph), as it knocked down one of the cones.

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By lowering the speed to 68 km/h (42 mph), the Jimny managed to complete the test. Nevertheless, it wasn’t ‘magna cum laude’, but rather OK-ish, mainly due to the electronic aids kicking in.

The slalom course concluded the test, with KM77 stating that the small SUV it has moderate body roll and that it takes time to change its trajectory.

So, the new Jimny, which uses a body-on-frame chassis, unlike the unibody of other subcompact crossovers, is an improvement over its predecessors. And, as long as it is driven at moderate speeds, it will handle better.


  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    You really cannot beat physics. Even with modern electronic aids.

    • LeStori

      Reason why SUV became Synonomous with Roll overs. As soon as you raise the centre of gravity the chances of enjoying you vehicle in the upside down position increases significantly. I guess the reason SUVs are popular with Women is that they enjoy a good roll….

  • john1168

    It’s always a tradeoff it seems. Do you want to handle well off road or on road? If you want both it seems you have to be willing to lay down lots of cash.

  • Cristopher Fernandez

    I don’t understand fully why you call the jimny an SUV when is not, little jimny is an off road car and behaves like so on the road and off road, its expected to scores little because the suspension its designed for off road and body roll is expected, also stability is affected so why is still called something is not? When you buy the jimny do not expect SUV performance or suspension.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      People are trying to compare an off-road vehicle like the Jimny to a road-focused Qashqai in Europe or Rogue Sport in the US. They’re nothing alike.

      • TheHake

        I totally agree, even then, most Jimny’s will be used on road in day-to-day situations.

        • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

          Yes, busy city streets or narrow and twisty rural roads where its impossible to get over 40mph.
          If you want to be totally safe, don’t ever use a car and never leave your house.

          • TheHake

            Or don’t drive around in moose country…

    • Harlan McCartney

      They call it a SUV due to the fact that it uses a car based unibody under the skin. It is not a bespoke off roader like the Jeep Wrangler, G-Wagon and classic Land Rovers.

      • Matt

        Actually you’re dead wrong. the Jimny uses a traditional body-on-frame construction, exactly like the Wrangler or G-Class.

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    If it’s that bad how does it make it to sale !

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Car safety is continuously improving all the time. Compare it to a twenty-year-old or thirty-year-old one and look at the differences. Some people are NEVER happy and just need something in their sad little lives to complain about.

    • Bob

      It’s primarily an off-road car like the Land Rover Defender. To my memory, this is still both the best and worst car I’ve ever driven. The best car off-road and the worst on-road.

  • TheHake

    I think it’s not doing too bad at all for what it is.

  • Bob

    Speak for yourself bro, the Jimny is good.

  • Bo Hanan

    Your comment doesn’t represent what the majority have said in regards to this truck. What are you basing your conclusion on? I for one would love to see this truck in the USA.

  • nastinupe

    Meh… the Jimny fanboys will overlook this and go back to drolling over a G Wagon look alike body kit that they won’t get.

  • samagon

    being that this is a Suzuki, that it didn’t roll over is a small victory! well done Suzuki!

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