Your destination – fun guaranteed

I could quite easily make this the shortest review I’ve done, simply because everyone needs to own a Suzuki Jimny.

They’re not fast, they don’t have a thousand buttons that make fancy things happen when pushed and they aren’t equipped with a dual clutch, CVT, 400-speed gearbox.

No, they’re much better – in fact, I would go as far as saying that this little machine is one of my favourite vehicles I’ve driven. I loved it and I want one in black!

Driving the Jimny brought back a lot of fond memories of a similar vehicle I use to own – it had a short chassis, was light on its feet, went almost anywhere, and was not fast but offered unlimited fun and felt as reliable and solid as your pet Labrador!

The biggest difference between my old four-wheel drive and the Suzuki is that the Suzuki is better – better because the Sierra model I drove had a few more comforts, such as cruise control, a touch screen stereo equipped with Apple Car Play/Android Auto, climate control air conditioning and the myriad of safety features offered on the better new cars these days.

While the Suzuki Jimny has the latest in-built safety features, that’s not what this vehicle is all about. It’s about the experience. Looking at the Jimny is fun, driving the Jimny is fun and talking about where you took your Jimny is fun!

The four-wheel drive capability of this light and nimble vehicle is incredible. You could drive your Jimny out of the show room and head straight to the mountains.

The 1.5 litre engine fitted to all models performs well and burns a tiny 6.4L/100km in manual guise. The four-wheel drive system is a proven, old school method of a gear stick connected to the transfer case. This means that if you’re the type that loves your off-roading you can go full Burke and Wills style.

If you just want to explore new places and drive down “that track” you always wanted to explore at a more comfortable pace, this little ripper will do it all!

The Jimny performed well on the highway and around the twisty stuff, but it’s not a sports car. So while you shouldn’t expect an “edge of your seat” action-packed drive on the tarmac, it is comfortable enough and more importantly it makes you want to get off the tarmac and find somewhere to explore.

The truth is, I didn’t want to give the Jimny back. I loved it and wanted to keep it, and when I pictured how I would fit out my own Jimny, it was evident the special edition Jimny Safari, one of the toughest looking little four wheel drives I’ve seen, would be the one for me.

This is the one that any off-road enthusiast would respect and is the one that will turn heads and leave onlookers wondering where you’re taking it!

The Safari model is based on the JX model, so while you lose a couple of features from the Sierra, you gain some impressive mods, like four Maxxis Bravo 980 A/T 215/75R15 tyres, a Heritage grille, ARB Base roof rack with side trade rails, front and rear mudflaps and front weather shields.

The Jimny Safari will set you back a very respectable $29,990 + ORC. All models come with Suzuki’s five-year/100,000km warranty programme, and a five-year Suzuki roadside assistance plan.

I could literally bang on forever about why you need one of these vehicles in your life, but you need to go and experience it for yourself. I don’t like to promise things I can’t deliver, but the one thing I will promise you is a ton of fun when you drive and make life-long memories in your new Jimny. There’s something reassuring about the knowledge that no matter what NZ’s extreme weather throws at you – be it mud, flood or snow – your Jimny will get you home when others may be stranded.

The Jimny starts at $26,990 plus on-road costs for the JX Manual, and moves up to the Sierra at $29,990 plus ORC.

The Sierra can come equipped with an automatic gear box for an extra $1000 and the option of a two-tone colored roof for an extra $500. The vehicle reviewed was the Jimny Sierra Manual.

If you want to take a look at a Suzuki Jimny, then Tauranga Motor Company is your local dealer. They can be found at 100 Hewletts Road or contacted on: 07 578 1378. They are open seven days a week.


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