The new-generation Suzuki Jimny has managed to conquer the hearts and minds of off-road enthusiasts. Unlike other tiny ‘SUVs’, it’s actually built on a ladder-on-frame chassis, features all-wheel drive, solid axles, low-range gearbox and pretty much everything needed to turn it into a small off-road warrior.
Despite its diminutive dimensions, the boxy exterior styling gives it a macho character. It’s matched by a utilitarian interior that comes with if not everything, most things you’d expect from a modern car, including amenities like air conditioning, an infotainment system with smartphone integration, sat-nav, reversing camera and safety items. Also, it can haul up to four occupants, though not much of their luggage, due to the very small boot space.
We already saw the Jimny take on some more established 4x4s from the upper classes, and time has come to see it being put to the test against the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Overland. Mind you, the latter has more than twice the power, but it’s about twice as expensive, too. Like the Suzuki, the Wrangler was made to tackle arduous terrains straight from the factory, and the only thing needed by both vehicles is a set of proper all-terrain tires.
In the review that you’re about to watch, both came with the stock factory tires, yet they proved more than capable of crossing terrain with gravel, mud, ruts and rocks. The Jimny tended to keep its wheels off the ground at certain times, but it proved, yet again, to be a serious contender to the larger 4×4. But should it be the one to go for? Find out by watching the video below.