I must admit, of all the Suzuki cars that I have driven thus far the Jimny takes the cup. Best believe it when they say dynamites come in small packages. This also explains why over 3 million Jimnys have been sold so far globally. It is indeed a good car here’s why:
When I was driving in the Jimny both in the townships and city I had people looking at the car in admiration. It is indeed a head-turner and appeals to various demographics. My sister is not into cars but when it came to the Jimny she was impressed and she even jumped on the driver’s seat and held the steering and imagined herself behind the wheel.
I was also stopped a couple of times by people asking to see the interior of the car and on all occasions, they were completely blown away. It fitted with a 7″ infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Jimny GLX model comes with a 7-inch infrared touchscreen with AM/FM radio, USB socket, Bluetooth connectivity, voice command and an SD card slot. It works with various smartphone applications like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink.
What makes the new Jimny stand out is the retro styling. It borrows some of its unique styling features from its predecessors. The LED headlights give it a modern-day look.
A performer of note
It is a performer of note on both on and off-road. On the high way though it could use a sixth gear because the revs get really high and the engine gets loud. This also makes it consume much more fuel when compared to other Suzukis I have reviewed. Fuel consumption seats at 6.3 Litres per 100KM/h and it is equipped with a 1.5 naturally aspirated engine that produces 75Kw of power and 130Nm of torque.
Multiple driving modes
The Suzuki Jimny has multiple driving modes. When driving it under normal circumstances you can put on rear-wheel-drive mode and for a speed of up to about 97 km/h you can put on all-wheel-drive mode. And, for some proper off-roading, you can put on four-wheel low ration mode.
Other cool features about the Jimny are the hill-hold control and hill-descent control mode which come in very handy on steep hills and the later on downhills.
The Suzuki Jimny starting price is R279 000.
To conclude here are the Pats and Slaps of the Suzuki Jimny 1.5 GLX AT.
- It is a cute car and appeals to various demographics
- Hill-hold and hill descent control modes
- The multiple driving modes deliver an excellent off-road driving experience
Because the Suzuki Jimny is a compact SUV it has a limitation when it comes to storage. The boot space is so tiny and it can only accommodate two adults at the back. To extend the boot space one has to fold the front seats.