One of the best 4x4s going, the Jimny is an old-school off-roader with the carbon footprint of an avocado – which, unbelievable, produces the same CO2s as half kilo of bananas. Without any hybrid technology, Suzuki can’t afford to sell anywhere near as many as buyers would like; doing so would cost the brand a fortune in fines for failing to meet emission targets.
What it lacks in on-road dexterity, it makes up for in off-road ability. Selectable four-wheel-drive is standard, as well as a low-range gearbox (great for low-speed technical manoeuvring) and hill-descent control. Extreme off-roaders will bemoan its lack of ground clearance, but the Jimny measures just 1645mm wide and this means it’ll squeeze through narrow farm gates that’d leave a Land Rover owner wincing for their bodywork.
The interior is about as luxurious as a mountain bothy. There are lots of hard plastics that feel like they’ll outlast the apocalypse, while the seats are back-to-basics affairs. It’s pretty cramped in there, too. Adults will be OK in the front, while kids will put up with the rear seats for the fun factor. With the back seats in use, though, you won’t even fit a couple of shopping bags in the boot.
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