I had the chance of using a New Suzuki Jimny while my car was in for a service. The Manager Nick at Sportif Suzuik Long Hanborough said he would love to know my opinion on the car. so I thought I'd do a review on it
This was the first Jimny my Wife had which was bought back in 2001 It got passed on to me and I used it for travelling back and forth from work form many years. I sold it some time in 2008.
It was many years before my wife bought one on the colour she always wanted White. The only difference between the two is that hers has a fake bonnet scoop which they put on for some reason by Suzuki.
By the time the Jimny was 20 years old Suzuki decided it was time to replace the older version with something a little more up to date as the old one was not meeting the new regulations laid down by various countries.
I think people at first were expecting something with a more radical design but in keeping with the way some manufacturers were going retro Suzuki went back to the old SJ range for the idea in looks, what came out was something that looks like a mini Landrover or G-Waggon, in fact a few after market places in Japan sell kits to make them look like those cars
What is it like to drive, very nice actually. To start with it feels very similar to the one it replaces, the steering is positive and the car is more sure footed on the road. It accelerates smoothly and seems to have a little more torque that the old one but then it is 1500cc as opposed to 1300cc
One thing I noticed was that the car did not roll as much as the older Jimny and I found it easy to reverse up and park. You can see from the look of the car it is much squarer than the old one
Under the bonnet (Hood across the pond) you find a tidy engine bay with an inline engine I would have though it would be transverse by now
As in line with most modern cars you have a large multimedia display for Sat nav, radio, iPod, Blue tooth etc so no excuse for sticking a phone on your ear !!! there are no dials on it so I presume it is a touch screen though I never played with that. The steering wheel has the controls on it for the volume, that was one thing I was not keen on as I wanted to turn up the volume and found you had to push the toggle switch up or down, I think this could be a problem with it breaking. I would much rather have seen the set up I have on my old Swift. The speedo and rev counter are in front of you and easy to read. There is a fuel gauge that reads in a line showing bars that go out as it gets lower. That is another thing I am not keen on. I forgot to look at the temperature gauge but I did notice that when I went into a 30 limit you 30 showed up on the Multi Function Display in the dash centre warning you that was the speed limit you were driving in.
Open the rear door and you find a space just about big enough for a briefcase, or a couple of Golf Clubs, you won't get the bag in. At least the old one would take a suitcase and some shopping
You will have to put the seats down flat to get any suitcases in or your shopping in this one, the seats don't seem to go right down flat either
Another thing I find I don't like is the colours that you get , Why can't they produce them in some more vibrant colours like yellow or orange. The silver one above is the last colour I would want.
The other thing I was shocked at is the fuel consumption. It's quoted at 39-42 combined our old one does that so no improvement what so ever but then it's rear wheel drive.
Yes it is a good car and fun to drive but I think Suzuki needs to improve a few things like fuel consumption and delivery before I would consider purchasing one.
If you would like to purchase a Jimny or any other car from the Suzuki range the pop along to Sportif Suzuki in Long Hanborough Witney where Nick and his staff will be only too willing to help you out. I might add we have been going there for 18 years for out cars and have found the service there second to none when purchasing a car or having it serviced in the garage,I will be gong back there again for my next car.
Since writing this I have now read that the Jimny will be pulled in 2020, this is due to it not meeting the CO2 Emission's. I would have thought that Suzuki would have built a car that met the new regulations and been more economical like they do with the Vitara or Ignis as it is they should have been looking at a mild hybrid version or even electric which seems to be what other manufacturers are doing now.
I might add I have seen very few on the roads and wonder if people bought them to squirrel away. As much as I like the new car I would not have one because of the high fuel consumption and emission's, I will stick with my Suzuiki Swift and get a 4X4 version when I change