Here’s something not many are going to be asking at the Suzuki dealership when buying a new Jimny: how fast is it to 62 mph (100 km/h)? The answer is, obviously, not much – but does this means its slower than a lazy snail?
Well, no. Despite using a tiny 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 102 PS (101 hp / 74 kW) and 130 Nm (96 lb-ft) of torque and is coupled to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, the small SUV won’t disappoint with its performance. That’s if no one mistakes it with a shrunken Mercedes-AMG G63, that is.
In an attempt to do something different with the 2019 Jimny, instead of taking it off-road, PerformanceDrive decided to check its straight-line performance. The 0-60 km/h (0- 37 mph), 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph), 60-110 km/h (37-68 mph), quarter-mile and coming to a halt from 100 km/h (62 mph) were all measured, using both manual and auto versions.
The Australian publication went as far as revealing the soundproofing of the new Jimny, which is another thing the average buyer will not be interested in. And who can blame them? After all, this isn’t your usual subcompact crossover aimed squarely at the urban environment, but rather a genuine 4×4 with a body-on-frame chassis, four-wheel drive and low-range gearbox whose main purpose is to excel at off-roading and take its occupants wherever they desire and back home without breaking a sweat – or the bank.