Parkers overall rating: 3.3 out of 5 3.3

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 6.9 - 7.6 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 32.1 - 35.8 mpg
  • Straightforward 1.5-litre engine is economical
  • Passable CO2 emissions but relatively expensive BIK
  • Maintenance is cheap, build is robust

There is just the one engine in the Jimny line-up for the UK: a 1.5-litre petrol that does without any form of emissions-lowering or performance-enhancing turbocharging technology. It's an honest and relatively economical powerplant that delivers decent power and drivability in most off-road situations.

It’s not particularly efficient, though, which makes the Jimny hard to recommend to most company car drivers; the Suzuki’s CO2 output of 154g/km in its more efficient manual gearbox specification means benefit-in-kind tax is very high for a car of this size and performance. Having said that, most Jimnys will either be working vehicles or privately-owned second cars, and it’s buyers of the former that will find it hard to justify the Suzuki over commercially-rated 4x4 pickups or two-seater car-derived vans like the Toyota Land Cruiser Utility Commercial.

Suzuki Jimny BIK rates 2019/20

Suzuki Jimny

CO2

P11D

BIK band 2019/20

BIK value

BIK 20%

SZ4

154

£14,929

34%

£5,076

£85/month

SZ5 manual

154

£17,429

34%

£5,926

£99/month

SZ5 auto

170

£18,429

37%

£6,819

£114/month

While the CO2 emissions aren’t fantastic, the fuel consumption isn’t that bad. Even on prolonged high-speed runs, the Jimny can return over 40mpg in the real world – despite the absence of turbocharging and other neat tricks. Compared to bloated SUVs and bulked-up superminis, the Jimny is unlikely to cost much to run. It’ll reward careful drivers, too, rather than punishing those who are less than precise at matching test conditions.

For those who care about more than just the fossil fuels, the Suzuki Jimny has the potential to be a long-lived investment. Not only is it very well made, but the separate chassis, solid components and worldwide presence mean it will be going long after more complex rivals have been recycled.

Unlike many low-cost 4x4-type vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles, the Suzuki has cheap, readily-available parts, a wide range of highly competent dealers and excellent support. It’s worth considering the Jimny for forestry, farm and off-road site work instead of these quad-bike type cars, purely for the reduced costs and potential downtime reductions; the petrol-only powertrain may increase running costs for agricultural diesel users, though.

Suzuki Jimny rear badge

On the face of it, the Suzuki Jimny isn’t a particularly green car. The manual emits 154g/km of CO2, while the automatic emits an even higher 170g/km; the respective claimed average economy of 35.8mpg and 32.2mpg during WLTP testing isn’t impressive, either – but, again, the figures don’t tell the whole story. A manual Jimny, for example, can exceed the claimed consumption figures.

Beyond that, the overall light weight, simple construction and straighforwad components means the Jimny could outlive more complicated machinery. All in, it could prove cleaner over its lifetime than a more complicated, more quickly retired piece of machinery.

  • Designed to be simple to maintain
  • Repairs should also prove quick and easy
  • Uncomplicated and cheap to run

Previous generations have proven immensely reliable. When something does break – usually when being pushed to the limit off-road – it should be easy to fix, too.

Previous Jimnys have been prone to rust but the 12-year anti-perforation warranty of the new car should assuage any initial doubts. 

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150
Insurance group 13 - 14
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