Suzuki Jimny – One tough little jack-russel

When you think about a Suzuki Jimny you would think to yourself that this would be Noddy’s option if he was in the market for a 4×4. The Jimny has the same cheerful personality that Noddy has, but that is where it ends, it is also one tough and capable little 4×4 “jack-russel”.

Can it go off-road?

The Jimny is compact and durable, it has a great four-wheel drive system and a low-ratio gearbox which makes it one of the best little 4×4’s around.

Is it practical?

Due to the Jimny’s small stature the interior rear seats are cramped (would suite children better) and the boot is very small, coming in at 113 litres (816 litres with the rear seats folded down). Having said that the legroom and space in front is reasonable but don’t expect additional storage compartments inside the cabin. For those of you that like to get a bit more technical the dimensions of the Jimny is as follow: 1,670mm tall, wheelbase is 2250mm long and 1,600mm wide, I real Noddy car. Oh and did I mention 190mm ground clearance, which is decent for an off-road vehicle.

Suzuki Jimny 1.3 – Interior (front)


Suzuki Jimny 1.3 – Interior (Rear Seats folded down)


Interior (Rear Seats)


Is it comfortable? 

The Jimny’s chassis is refined and that relates to a smooth drive on road, but is a bit bouncy off-road. Interior finishes feel a bit cheap.

Is it fuel efficient?

The little 1.3 litre produces a conservative 63kW and 110Nm and fuel consumption is rated at 7.2l/100km, but as the little engine feels a bit strained when driving expect a fuel consumption figure of around 9l/100km on-road and about 12l/100km off-road.

Is it stylish?

The Jimny looks like a bread-bin on wheels, but a tough and reliable bread-bin with awesome off-road capabilities.

Front Quarter


A side view of the Suzuki Jimny 1.3


Suzuki Jimny 1.3 – Rear view


Rear Quarter – Suzuki Jimny 1.3

Is it quick?

Well topping out at 140km/h is not really quick, but keep in mind the national speed limit is 120km/h

Is it affordable?

Priced at R263,900 for the manual version and R282,900 for the auto which in my opinion is a bit steep if you buy it to use a soft-road SUV, but if you buy it for its off-road capabilities it’s a steal.
Both the manual (5-spd) and auto (4-spd) model comes with a 4yr/60,000km service plan and 3yr/100,000km warrantee as standard which can also be extended at an additional charge.


The little Jimny appeals to people that loves exploring the outdoors as it is a cheap way to get into 4×4’ing. It has bulletproof reliability but is definitely not practical. If practicality is not a problem for you and you like to explore the wilderness, then get a Jimny now!

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Murray Kroucamp

Murray Kroucamp Has a passion for cars and the wonderful world of motoring journalism. Background includes: Regulatory liaison; Customer Experience Executive Complaints Management; Data analyst. Founded the Mazda 2 Owners page on Facebook in 2008. Founded Murray’s Car Reviews (South Africa) on Facebook in 2015 which has around 800 active members. Also started writing car reviews on Linkedin in 2017. Working on turning the hobby into a profession.

One thought on “Suzuki Jimny – One tough little jack-russel

  • May 5, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Always loved this little car. It’s super capable off-road. My brother in law has one and did the Voetspore tour with it. never had any issues and completed the whole tour together with Land Cruisers and Land Rover Discos. If Suzuki would ever consider ‘n 1.6l version, I’d consider one too, but with the 1,3, I agree, it’s too strained on a highway.


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