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Suzuki Jimny

  • tickLooks the absolute business
  • tickShould be very reliable
  • tickGreat off-road
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Suzuki Jimny SUV (2018 - )

The Jimny looks absolutely brilliant and commands plenty of attention everywhere it goes, plus it’s a genuinely capable off-roading tool. And it that’s all you’re looking for, you’ll absolutely love it. However, most people considering cars like this are looking for an SUV rather than an off-roader – in other words, they just want the rugged look rather than the mud-plugging ability - and for those people, the Jimny doesn’t make so much sense. Those buyers will be better off with a more conventional small SUV, most of which are more comfortable, more practical, more civilised and better on quality and safety. Flawed, but still very charming.
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Is the Suzuki Jimny a good car?

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The Jimny looks and feels just as rugged on the inside as it does on the outside. The upright dashboard is simply and logically laid out, with chunky, easy-to-hit buttons, and there’s a grab rail on the passenger side for when the terrain starts flinging you around in your seat. In the top-spec SZ5 model, you’ll notice that the touch-screen infotainment system is the same one found in other Suzuki models, and while it’s not the slickest or most intuitive system you’ll come across, it’s reasonably straightforward to get to grips with and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SZ4 gets a more rudimentary CD player and radio combo, although it does include Bluetooth and DAB.

On quality, the materials used are tough rather than tactile, with a hard, wipe-clean finish, but they do give the car a solid, robust feel. The massive windows and thin pillars mean you get plenty of natural light and great visibility in all directions, even though the boot-mounted spare wheel does cut into your rear view slightly. However, the narrowness of the cabin does make it quite easy to bash your elbow on the window sill as you fling the steering wheel around, and the steering wheel only adjusts for height (not reach). What’s more, there’s no height adjustment on the seats, so finding a comfy driving position may prove even trickier.

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