The Suzuki Jimny has been in production since roughly 1969, going through numerous facelifts and updates to become the miniature hero it is today. Regarded as underpowered, underdeveloped and outdated by the majority of the motoring press, we think it’s about time someone stood up for the little Jimny, so here goes…
1. It’s ready for adventure
As 4×4 vehicles go, the Suzuki Jimny is a capable off-roader straight from the factory. If you’re looking for some off-the-beaten-tracks exploring, or like to spend your time rural geocaching; then the tiny Jimny is the perfect partner for an afternoon of exploring the wilds.
2. It’s ready for winter
Here in the UK the slightest sign of snow has the roads grinding to a halt, persistent rain can wash away a town in less time than it takes to brew a up of tea. The Suzuki Jimny is ready for all that. The high ride height allows you to see over the top of stranded vehicles whilst, it’s tiny size allow the Jimny to navigate through the gridlock to find an off road route home.
3. It’s a sharp looking city slicker
So many off roaders look far too rugged for a night on the town, but the little Jimny cleans up a treat. Because it’s a capable 4×4 without having to add all sorts of bells and whistles, the bodywork can remain uncluttered meaning it’ll sit outside your local organic coffee shop without causing a stir.
4. It’s a non-threatening four wheel drive
Look at that cute face! The Jimny wouldn’t hurt a fly. It’s a great looking little car, that doesn’t shout about it’s abilities. Understated, yet charming… the perfect combination. It’s a proper 4×4 that doesn’t have it’s very own stereotype associated with it like the Chelsea Tractor.
5. It’s available in a wide range of great colours
We’ve chosen some of our favourite Suzuki Jimny images from around the web, and don’t they look fantastic? With the right set of wheels and a good choice in bodywork colour, the Jimny really is a work of art. On the plus side, if you can’t find one in the colour you desire, simply head on down to your local vinyl wrapping workshop and have them change it for you. The Jimny is so small it’d be just like wrapping a christmas present.
6. It’s very cheap to buy, own and run
A used Suzuki Jimny can be bought on the low side of £2,000 with service history and in good shape. Newer models are closer to £5,000 but that’s still a bargain. The 1.3 petrol engine is frugal, parts are cheap as chips and minimal servicing is all that’s required. Being Japanese and simple means it’ll never go wrong, and if it does you can simply buy another one.
7. It’s an international lifesaver
The fact that lifeguard services around the world put their faith in the little Jimny is reasssuring. Beach lifeguards need to be able to get across the sand quickly and safely, so a big lumbering 4×4 is no good for a crowded beach. The Jimny is the perfect beach companion, and that’s pretty cool.