Juliet Reviews…The Suzuki Jimny

We have been waiting a long time to see this fourth generation Suzuki Jimny in the metal, and it was well worth the wait! But wait a little longer you will have to do if you’re looking to buy one, as the waiting list for the Suzuki Jimny in South Africa currently sits between six and nine months. Be glad you aren’t in Europe though where it is a yearlong waiting list or in Japan which sees customers waiting another 36 months before they get their Jimny.

When you do place your order, however, you will be able to choose between two trim levels, namely the GA or the GLX, and two transmission options; five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. Standard across all the models is Suzuki’s ALLGRIP PRO mechanical shifting 4×2, 4×4 and 4×4 low ranger transfer case and the rigid ladder frame chassis. In other words, whichever Jimny you choose, you can be assured it is as capable off-road as some of its rather expensive 4×4 rivals.

“In the absence of many affordable 4×4 vehicles, this philosophy of building a compact and capable off-road vehicle at an affordable price is now more needed than ever. And it has seen the Jimny quickly log multi-year waiting lists in many of the countries in which it has been introduced,” says André Venter, divisional head for sales and marketing at Suzuki Auto South Africa.

The cabin of the new Suzuki Jimny is as impressive as its off-road capabilities. The retro yet funky looks will appeal to such a wide audience. The dashboard is designed in three horizontal layers. These lines act as a visual reference to the horizontal plane when driving off road and it incorporates an assist-grip and cell-phone tray on the middle level and a glovebox on the lower level. 

All models get air conditioning, power steering and the already mentioned ALLGRIP PRO 4×4 system with Brake LSD, ESP, Hill Hold Control and Hill Descent Control. The GLX models get a host of additional features, including climate control, electric windows and mirrors, Auto LED projector headlamps, remote central locking and cruise control. The GLX model also comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Although the new Jimny is slightly longer than its predecessor, giving rear passengers some added legroom, there is still no boot to speak of. The only way you would get even a grocery bag in the back is to put the rear seats flat.

The only other downfall of the Jimny is the 1.5-litre engine which won’t get you anywhere very quickly. With outputs of just 75kW and 130 Nm of torque, you can’t expect it to. It is great off-road or around the city, but don’t expect it to be a smooth highway cruiser, because that it isn’t.

With that said, if you aren’t looking for a load of space and can handle the lack of power, you will find yourself with an excellent and very capable off-roader that doesn’t only look fantastic but is an absolute joy to drive off the beaten track! 


Jimny 1.5 GA 5MT       R264 900

Jimny 1.5 GLX 5MT     R299 900

Jimny 1.5 GLX 4AT      R319 900

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