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Suzuki Jimny review

2018 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.3 out of 53.3
” Super-capable off-road, not so much elsewhere “

At a glance

Price new £15,879 - £19,444
Used prices £16,722 - £27,486
Road tax cost £190
Insurance group 13 - 14
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Fuel economy 32.1 - 35.8 mpg
Range 317 - 352 miles
Miles per pound 4.7 - 5.2
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Pros & cons

  • Frugal and compact 4x4
  • Rugged and capable off-road
  • Good range of tech for its class
  • Noisy at motorway speeds
  • Cramped rear seats, limited storage
  • 4WD not usable on Tarmac

Written by Parkers Published: 14 October 2022 Updated: 14 October 2022


The Suzuki Jimny is a small, go-anywhere 4×4 that packs off-roading capability most compact SUVs can only dream of. This latest fourth-generation model was launched in 2018, but its predecessor first went on sale in the UK in 1998. Consequently it holds the title of one of the longest-running models in recent times ­– indicating just how successful Suzuki’s tiny 4×4 formula has been.

Although the Jimny was discontinued as a passenger car for the UK in 2021 due to CO2 emissions requirements, it carried on for a short while as a two-seater van variant – you can find out more about this in our separate Suzuki Jimny Light Commercial Vehicle review. Both versions remain extremely popular among the target buyers, making a good used Jimny pricey and sometimes hard to find.

The first-generation Jimny (the LJ10) dates all the way back to 1970 and itself lasted for 11 years. And for all that more recent models look remarkably similar, emissions compliance aside Suzuki did move with the times – this latest Jimny benefiting from a host of modern features and technology. Albeit with still quite an agricultural driving experience, which reduces its charm if taken on even moderately long journeys on a regular road.

So while the Jimny Mk4 features a larger, more powerful engine, some surprisingly advanced go-anywhere technology and updated multimedia and safety kit, under the skin it retains a simple ladder chassis and selectable four-wheel drive system. Which makes this pint-sized Land Rover Defender alternative a truly focused vehicle – one in which off-road ability takes precedence over on-road comfort and handling.

Direct rivals were thin on the ground, with the closest being the Fiat Panda 4×4 and larger Dacia Duster, though neither is as off-road focused as the Jimny. Other cars on your list could include everything from a used Land Rover Defender or Jeep Wrangler if you’re an off-road enthusiast, or perhaps a second-hand Skoda Yeti if you just want a practical four-wheel drive machine.

Given its capabilities, this little Suzuki 4×4 falls somewhere between purpose-made agricultural equipment and large 4x4s. Dedicated off-road hardware such as a Polaris Ranger, or similar all-terrain vehicle, isn’t anywhere near as safe, refined or comfortable – yet can cost just as much and not even be road legal. Large 4x4s such as the Toyota Land Cruiser, on the other hand, offer similar off-road capabilities but are far larger, more expensive and costlier to run.

Click through for our full review of the Suzuki Jimny, where we’ll assess the interior, practicality, running costs, the driving experience on- and off-road, and the safety credentials before delivering the Parkers verdict.