There’s no other car on sale that’s quite like the Suzuki Jimny. It’s a chunky looking 4x4 with excellent off-road ability, but its city car dimensions mean it’s the smallest go-anywhere 4x4 you can buy. It’s becoming a bit of a rare sight on the road these days as rival car manufacturers are now offering supermini-sized crossovers that are better to drive on the road. But the Jimny rises above these rivals thanks to off-road ability that’s on a par with the Land Rover Defender.
There are two trim levels; SZ3 and SZ4, although neither is particularly well equipped. There’s only one engine option, too – an 84bhp 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol – and it needs to be worked hard, while buyers going for SZ4 trim also get a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. While the Jimny is funky looking and fun in the rough, it can’t disguise its age, and is outclassed on the road by the Fiat Panda 4x4, Vauxhall Mokka and Nissan Juke.