Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0

An upright driving position gives good forward visibility, but the rearward view is rather restricted. Tall drivers shouldn’t have a problem with the driving position as the steering wheel adjusts for height – although there’s no reach movement.

Most of the buttons and switches on the dash are simply laid out and within easy reach, but a few are awkwardly sited.

Suzuki Jinmy comfort levels could be better. Although the 2005 facelift has given the Jimny an improved interior, it’s still not up to the standards set by the class leaders. The plastics are dull and it has a utilitarian feel to it.

On the motorway (and faster A-roads) the level of wind, road and engine noise is unacceptable, while anyone in the back will curse the lack of leg and shoulder room. It’s better for the front passengers, but the seats could be more comfortable and do not have enough lumbar support.