With its compact size coupled with conventional rugged styling, it is understandable why most people find the Suzuki Jimny quite endearing. Yet, what makes it more likable is that this little 4X4 is not just nice to look at, it is also fun to drive.
Propelling the Jimny is a 1.3-liter four cylinder DOHC 16 V gasoline engine which churns out 81 hp @ 5,500 rpm and 110 Nm @ 4,500 rpm. It may not seem much paper but such modest numbers are more than enough to endow the 1,075-kilogram Jimny a peppy performance. Handling is pleasurably light and its boxy dimensions make it easier to navigate through congested urban roads. Getting into tight mall parking slots was never this easy. Huge windows also offer excellent all-around visibility and the tall driver’s seat gives you a commanding view of the road ahead. The ride is just a tad firm but not to the point of discomfort. Though it only has three doors (two in front, one at the back), the Jimny accommodates 4 passengers (including the driver). The cabin might feel a bit snug if you regularly ride with full-sized adults but kids will be perfectly happy at the back. Even with all seats occupied, you still have 113 liters of cargo space at the back.
The Jimny has been around for quite a while and it is evident with the rather dated feel of the interior. The entertainment system of the JLX loaner I’ve tested also seemed a little too basic. I suppose Suzuki didn’t imagine Jimny buyers to be fiddling with the radio while sitting in traffic. Do not be fooled by its cuteness, the Jimny is designed to go off-road. With a 190mm ground clearance, you’d be able to tackle rugged terrain or cross shallow streams. There’s hardly any overhang on either side so you can take on steep angles like a pro off-roader. Switching from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive is just as easy. You can select 2WD, 4WD or 4WD-L by just pressing a button.
At P 790, 000, the Jimny is probably one of the most reasonably-priced proper off-roader in the market. It may be the ideal vehicle for those who would like to start a nature-centric lifestyle. You can bring the kids on camping trips or fishing trips.
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