2020 Suzuki Jimny 4×4 SUV review

hello and welcome to a delightfully sunny Germany where we’re here to test this the all-new Suzuki Jimny and here are five things you really must know about this small SUV and remember if

you’re in the market for a small SUV or any other new car check out our new car buying section on whatcar.com for savings on hundreds of new cars first thing you need to know about the chimney

is that it’s a proper old school 4×4 underneath that means a separate ladder frame chassis lime axles front and rear and long travel coil spring suspension the great thing about that is that this

thing should prove to be virtually unstoppable offroad the bad news is that on the road it’s severely compromised so we’ll start with a steering which is designed to stop

kickback on rough and rutted tracks so that’s great but on the road you can move it an awful lot before anything really really happens now that means that it can be a little bit tricky to

place it on the road at speed the soft springs also means that if you get to a corner you get lots and lots of body means to the point it feels like a ship

in a sail now if you get a few imperfections and potholes it does patter around and start to get a little bit upset but actually on these smooth German roads it lot ups along quite

comfortably your head does get thrown around a little bit but actually it’s not too bad what’s more of a problem is the engine you see this little 1.5 liter petrol engine

really is very very vocal and sounds quite gruff couple that with a 5-speed rather than a six-speed gearbox and you’ve got a car that at sixty miles an

hour he’s pulling 3,000 rpm and making an awful lot of racket in the process if we were able to get this up to motorway speeds I don’t think it would be

particularly pleasant at all whatsoever the engine might be gruff but what’s it like when you put your foot down well flat out in a second and it gets very very very noisy and they go there’s

60 miles an hour isn’t particularly rapid either so we know that the Suzuki Jimny is unrefined doesn’t like corners and he’s at least for the most part quite

comfortable not a particularly brilliant Road car in other words question is can it be any better off-road it’s time to take it into its natural habitat and that’s offroad so

the ladder frame chassis the live front and rear axles and that three link suspension means that this though tiny is a very very capable off-road er so

already we’ve come off a gravel track on to this winding little route through the forest and you can see in the cars in front the suspension is working hard to

keep all four ties absolutely planted on the ground and it’s also got electronic diff locks that basically nip at the brakes to stop wheels from spinning and

at the moment it’s an absolute walk in the park the high ground clearance and chunky ties mean that you’re not worried about grounding it out and that

four-wheel drive system does mean it pulls up in kind very very easily it does still feel like we’re only scratching the surface of what the Jimi

is capable of and I think we need some slightly tougher terrain so we’re now moving on to a more challenging section where don’t know if

you can see we are at quite a noticeable angle and we’re also going over a few bits and pieces that are testing the suspension out so you’ll notice the car

in front properly flexing over these big bumps and the live axles and three-link suspension means that again the tires are staying welded to the

ground a Dacia Duster may be very very good and probably a little bit cheaper than this but even that doesn’t have the same level of wheel articulation this

has all the low ratio gearbox that makes crawling along these quite tricky trails pretty easy and so we’ve now got a bit of an ascent quite a tricky looking one

so our instructors keeping an eye out so you probably hear his chirpy German tones in a second but we’ve got a blind drop so feet completely off the pedals

just on engine braking they’re up and down like a mountain goat after trying the Jimny off-road for a while there’s no doubt that this is a

very impressive little 4×4 machine the way it can cope with steep ascents and descents and Ford quite deep water whilst going over pretty hefty ruts

really is truly impressive and if you do need genuine four-wheel drive capabilities there really isn’t anything this price point to beat it

however the question is how much of your time do you really spend off the road compared to on it stepping inside the chimney there’s ample room for a couple of adults up front I do wish there was a bit of padding here for my elbow on the armrest here and I indeed just wish there was an armrest in the centre here but this is small so you can’t have everything in terms of the driving position it is worth mentioning that the steering wheel adjusts up and down but doesn’t come you

know now which could be problematic for some taller drivers what is good is you’ve got a couple of cup holders there and a glove box that’s big enough for the manual you also get a tough grab

handle for your passenger a nice shelf here for your mobile phone complete with a USB port for charging and a 12 volt socket as well the controls are nice and chunky so you can use them with a gloved

hand apparently the infotainment isn’t quite as impressive so it looks very aftermarket in its design and it can be a little bit laggy when your product it so you do get smartphone mirroring as

standard and sat-nav on the top s-said five trim as for the quality of the interior it’s solidly put together but you’ll notice lot of scratchy plastics

that don’t look particularly attractive but then given that this is likely to be a seventeen thousand pound car and comes with all that offer and hardware underneath that has to be corners cut

somewhere the Jimny is a strict four seater with a 50/50 split rear bench strangely for this size of car you can actually recline the rear seat to give you a bit more Headroom or to let your

passengers have a snooze now the backs of the seats are covered in a hard wearing plastic material but does mean your luggage slides around all over the

place if you do corner enthusiastically what have we learnt about the Jimny today well it’s built like a proper 4×4 underneath which means it really is very

accomplished in the rough stuff now that does mean it is compromised on the road but that is to be expected with a lot of frame chassis and live axles now inside it looks pretty funky but it is cheap

but very very hard-wearing we dare say that 20 years on a farm and it’s still going to be much the same inside as itis now just a bit grubby up however.

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