7 reasons your next car should be a tiny 4×4

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 Regarded as underpowered, underdeveloped and outdated by the majority of the motoring press, we think it’s about time someone stood up for the little Jimny, so here goes…

These guys are having a fantastic adventure

These guys are having a fantastic adventure

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.

Powering through at least three feet of water

Powering through at least three feet of water

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.

City slicker

City slicker

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.

Girls love the Jimny

Girls love the Jimny

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.

Looks like the Lake District, and that's fantastic

Looks like the Lake District, and that’s fantastic

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.

Champagne paintwork against a vanilla sky, what's not to love?

Champagne paintwork against a vanilla sky, what’s not to love?

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.

Good enough for the RNLI, good enough for us!

Good enough for the RNLI, good enough for us!

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.

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