- Super capable 4x4
- Budget Friendly
- Addition of ESP
- No Bluetooth
- Small list of safety features
The 2015 Suzuki Jimny Sierra is totally not what you would expect from a budget 4×4. It is a little ripper that just keeps on going.
Since the launch of the first model in 1998, the Suzuki Jimny has totally ignored the growth of the small SUV market and decided to march to its own beat on the unpaved track.
With a rich history and level of reliability that would rival the Toyota HiLux, this little Suzuki featuring true four-wheel-drive and a low-range gearbox is ready to go just about anywhere you’re game to head.
Starting from just $19,990 drive away in Queensland, there’s no Bluetooth or USB audio to be found, and whilst some buyers might not be comfortable with the omission of those features, it allowed Suzuki to focus on getting the important 4×4 bits right.
In the 2015 update, Suzuki has added an electronic stability program, also known as ESP. This is a feature that is very much welcomed in a 4×4 that is both narrow and sits relatively high. These small dimensions also mean that space is tight on the inside – especially for those with wider shoulders.
Fit out wise, even if Suzuki opted to add that Bluetooth component or splash out and add leather inside, it wouldn’t be trying to attract the same types of buyers as the Mitsubishi ASX or Holden Trax. It is however, targeting its buyers with 15-inch alloys and a much appreciated update to the instrument cluster instead.
The facts simply are that the Jimny sits in a league of its own. For under $20,000, or even close to that, there’s no other vehicle that can do what the Suzuki Jimny can do. Whether it is cruising a national park or towing a Jet Ski to the local boat ramp with its 350kg/1100kg (unbraked/braked) towing capacity – you’d need to jump up to the price range of a Jeep Wrangler to get close to the sort of fun you can have in this vehicle.
You might not want to daily drive the Suzuki, but once the weekend arrives, this is the little truck you’ll be scrambling to grab the keys to. There’s even a full sized spare wheel – no space savers or gels to be seen here- for extra confidence.
Under the hood is a 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 62.5kW of power and 110Nm of torque. Due to the relatively small power, you will have to rev it harder than you might feel comfortable with, but it’s nothing that the Jimny can’t handle.
According to Suzuki Queensland figures, the claimed fuel economy figure is 7.1 litres per 100km, and even though there wasn’t an onboard computer to tell us our fuel economy, our estimated real world economy was closer to 8.6 litres per 100km. This included a good amount of highway driving, peak hour driving and a decent drive through a local national park.
Safety wise, in addition to ESP, the Suzuki Jimny features ABS, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, side door beams, and a 3-section ladder frame. It’s a feature list we’d like to see made longer – today, the level of safety in a modern car is expected to be exhausting.
Comparatively, the 5 year/140,000km warranty and inclusion of capped price servicing means that owning a Jimny couldn’t get any easier. This is especially once you add in the supreme amount of reliability these things seem to have. All you need to do is ask a Jimny owner – there’s plenty of them.
In the end, the 2015 Suzuki Jimny Sierra is a highly specialised 4×4 that is an incredible steal at that under $20,000 drive away mark. Sure, you miss some modern conveniences but this isn’t probably going to be your primary car. It will pick up the beach, national park, dog and picnic duties. With that in mind, it’s hard not to want to recommend you get yourself behind the wheel and test drive it for yourself.
If you’re located in Queensland, you can find your closest dealer by visiting Suzuki Queensland’s website.