Parkers overall rating: 3.3 out of 5 3.3
  • Isofix for rear seats but narrow space limits range
  • Autonomous emergency braking is standard
  • Much safer than an ATV for farmers

The Jimny scored a poor three-star rating in Euro NCAP crash testing – due to issues ranging from inadequate head restraints through to a weak passenger cell.

It was also not particularly good at protecting vulnerable road users, either, recording poor impact results and an autonomous emergency braking system that did not respond to pedestrians in many cases; it’s reliable enough at warning the driver for following too close and needing to brake, though.

It did perform better for occupant protection, that said, and is seemingly a safer car to travel in as a child rather than an adult.

WATCH: Suzuki Jimny SUV Euro NCAP crash test

  • Very efficient use of space
  • But there’s not much space to use
  • Four-seater without luggage, or spacious two-seater

The Jimny’s box-like design might not be to all tastes but the payoff is that, considering its diminutive dimensions, it’s quite practical.

Sure, there’s not a great deal of room in the rear – but the fronts will accommodate six-feet-tall occupants with ease. Rear passengers get the short straw and even Suzuki themselves present the Jimny as more of a two-seater with some forward-facing occasional rear seats in the boot; they might be ideal for children, thanks to hardwearing trim, but the non-opening windows could prove an issue. Adults, in any case, will resent the crude 50/50 split bench, cramped confines and poor access.

Its boot has also grown 53 litres over the previous version and now measures 377 litres – but only with the rear seats folded away. With the rear seats in place, luggage space is a pathetic 85 litres; you can get a couple of laptop-type bags behind the seats and that’s about it.

The front seats slide forward and the passenger seat can be fully reclined to create a longer load space, while the rears not only fold down flat (if you remove the headrests) but feature a plastic coating – just like the boot floor. This added robustness is ideal for those who enjoy using the luggage area extensively; dog owners, in particular, will appreciate this touch.

Suzuki Jimny boot

It’s also very easy to fit a roof rack and, if necessary, the Jimny shouldn’t struggle to tow a small trailer.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Suzuki Jimny SUV.

  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels

SZ4 equipment

SZ4 standard equipment
  • CD
  • Steel wheels
SZ4 optional equipment
None available

SZ5 equipment

SZ5 standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav
SZ5 optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 3 stars

The Suzuki Jimny SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 and was awarded a 3 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

3 star rating
Test 2018
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 73%
Child Occupant: 84%
Vulnerable Road Users: 52%
Safety Assist: 50%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.