2018 Suzuki Jimny 1.5L GLX Auto Test Drive Review

Here’s the all new, much anticipated Suzuki Jimny and doesn’t it just look the part? With its boxy design, it kind of reminds me of the G wagon, but just a smaller, cheaper version. The Jimny that we had on test was an automatic which comes in at around R325 000, so what do you get for you money? 

Interior:

Stepping inside the all new Jimny you’ll notice you get this rugged interior, which features an infotainment system that has Bluetooth, USB, CarPlay and SD card connectivity options as well as your various settings. It also has features, such as; electric windows, aircon, automatic rain and light sensors, park assists, and a multi-functional steering wheel. I should mention that the specifications we get in South Africa miss out on a lot of other options that feature on the European models, such as; a rear view camera, heated seats, lane keeping assist (LKA), and other options that would’ve been nice to have in South Africa, however I’m sure it would only bring the price up.

Load Capacity:

The biggest issue that you’ll probably find about the all new Jimny is the lack of boot space, because of it being a 2 door car. Having only 85L worth of capacity, it means you’re most likely going to have to compromise by putting the rear seats down to create a larger boot area of 377L.

Driving Experience & Specs:

Let’s get onto the drive ability of this car, because firstly I should mention that we took this car to Knysna and back for the annual Simola Hill climb that takes place there. Over long journeys I can report that at high speeds the Jimny is stable and comfortable, as we could cruise smoothly on the open roads at about 120 km/h with around 8,4 L/100 km (Suzuki acclaimed 6,8 L/100 km). The biggest issue if you are going to use it over long distances is that you’ll be stopping at a lot of petrol stations because the fuel tank is absolutely tiny (40 L) and honestly could’ve been bigger as you can only do around 400 km at a push. Other than that it’s a great drive, but I do want to try the manual variant (Starting at R269 900), because the automatic only has 4 forward gears, whereas the manual is a 5 speed gearbox. Powering the Jimny is a 4-cylinder, 1.5L petrol engine that pushes out 75kW and 130Nm of torque, which is a decent amount of power for a car like this, as it only weighs 1110 Kg.

With the Jimny you have the option to switch the car from RWD to 4WD high or low, which is what you want if you need to tackle the rough stuff. Taking the car off-road is a breeze because you know you’ll always come out on the other side, which is great news for this new model, because it does it’s job brilliantly following up from its predecessor. I don’t think there is another car in it’s segment that can do what it does better, for cheaper. 

Exterior Styling:

Now, if you think the Jimny doesn’t look good enough with it’s box-like design, there are various kits available for the car to make it look more like a G Wagon or Defender which is pretty cool if you’re into that type of thing.

Safety:

When it comes to safety, the car does have Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS), Brake Assist System (BAS) & Rear ISOfix child seat mounts, as well as Dual SRS front passenger airbags, however the Euro NCAP safety rating for the car only came in at 3 out of 5 stars.


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