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Suzuki Jimny SZ5 Auto

Suzuki Jimny SZ5 Auto

REVIEW

Hey – you, yes you. Stop laughing at the back. Stop it. We subscribe to the theory that small is beautiful here at BOTB and you don’t get much smaller than the new Suzuki Jimny. The previous generation was known as being surprisingly good off road, but looked pretty rubbish and was very cheap inside, but now Suzuki has learned from what Mercedes has done with the G-Class and gone retro.  In fact it has more than a passing resemblance to the G-Class, if you squint a bit. Suzuki has basically realised that rugged is what people want out of their small off-roader, so the Jimny is now more angular, with a boxy body, big black wheelarches, a Jeep-esque front grille and bumper and a traditional side-hinged rear door with a spare tyre mounted on it. The interior looks fantastic too, all exposed screwheads, simple controls and wipe-clean surfaces. This isn’t some gas-guzzling SUV though, the nimble little Jimny has a 101bhp 1.5 litre engine so is incredibly economical. But what impresses most about the Jimny is that it will embarrass probably 80% of the AWD off-roaders on sale when you actually get into the muddy stuff. We want to have a go!

Stats

Engine / Cylsi4 Power101bhp
Displacement1.5ltr Torque130 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed87mph
DrivetrainAWD CO2198 g/km
MPG32.2 mpg Retail Price£18,999
0-62mph14.2secs Cash Alternative£15,000

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