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Suzuki Jimny (2018 – 2020)

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Summary


The Suzuki Jimny is a small SUV, but is far more oriented to off-road work than any other cars of similar size on sale in the UK. The latest model, launched in 2018, replaced a model that had been in production for 20 years. Unfortunately, it only survived a couple of years before being discontinued.

The Jimny received a broad range of scores from the UK media, which reflected its rather narrow niche. It was highly praised for its off-roading ability, but criticised for its on-road handling and poor safety rating compared to other vehicles of similar size and price. It also had an anti-theft security rating of “Unacceptable” from Thatcham Research.

The Suzuki Jimny was withdrawn from sale in the UK in 2020 as it no longer complied with passenger car emissions regulations. However, Suzuki has now re-introduced the Jimny to the UK market as a commercial vehicle.

Key specifications


Body style: Small three-door SUV
Engines: petrol
Price: From £15,499 on-road

Launched: Summer 2018
Last updated:
Replacement due: N/A


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: September 2018

73%

ADULT OCCUPANT

84%

CHILD OCCUPANT

52%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

50%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Suzuki Jimny has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP.

Security rating


Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: N/A (No keyless entry or keyless start facility)

Date: 2019

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Suzuki Jimny has received

2019

  • World Car Awards – World Urban Car
  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best 4×4
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Off-Roader
  • Car Dealer Power Awards – Car of the Year
  • Southern Group of Motoring Writers New Year Honours List – Dark Horse of the Year

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Suzuki Jimny (2018 - 2020)The Suzuki Jimny received a wide range of scores from the UK media, with praise for its off-roading ability but criticism for its on-road handling.