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Suzuki updates Jimny compact off-roader

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Suzuki has updated its long-running Jimny compact off-roader, which has been on sale since 1998 – an age in car terms. This tough 4x4 is one of the smallest serious off-roaders you can buy and has won a number of fans with its small size and all-weather ability.

Helping to celebrate Suzuki’s 44 years of producing 4x4s, the Jimny has received several upgrades to help it compete with newer rivals. Several new safety features now appear on the equipment list, including an electronic stability control system, which should add welcome extra stability to this short and tall car. 

SZ3 and SZ4 models features a tyre pressure monitoring display that alerts the driver to any loss of pressure. A gearshift indicator has also been added to direct the driver to the most economical gear to use, in order to keep fuel bills to a minimum. 

Other updates include a new seat fabric and newly designed 15-inch alloy wheels that come finished in dark silver. Several new shades of paint have also been added to the range of options, with metallic paint shades weighing in at £399. 

The Jimny maintains its 1.3-litre petrol engine, which is capable of 39.8mpg according to official figures in manual form and 38.7mpg with an automatic gearbox. These figures can’t compete with many newer compact off-roaders, though most of these do without the Jimny’s fuel-sapping four-wheel drive system.

The updated Jimny comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. Prices for the SZ3 model start at £12,195, while the top-of-the-range SZ4 model costs £13,645 in manual form or £14,545 with an automatic gearbox.

Author: Padraig Mallett


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