By Wayne Gorrett
Someone, somewhere once muttered something about new tricks and old dogs, but fortunately for the 4×4 community, Suzuki wasn’t listening at the time and the little Jimny soldiers on to new adventures.
Make no ageing bones about it, the charming little Suzuki Jimny has greyed gracefully. It has just had its 18th birthday and in celebration, Suzuki UK has introduced the Jimny Adventure – an edition limited to 200 units and only for the UK market – priced at £14,949.
I have always admired the plucky little Jimny and is has been three years since I last tested the affable 4×4, so I’ve booked the Jimny Adventure for a ‘thoroughly good thrashing’ in June.
The Jimny Adventure is a little on the pricey side considering that the Jimny starts at £12,499 for the entry SZ3 model. The Adventure is based on the top-spec and quite well-equipped SZ4 manual model (£13,949), but as you’d expect, the 2016 Suzuki Jimny Adventure deepens the toy box with satellite navigation with Bluetooth for your mobile phone, a unique hard spare wheel cover and two-tone ‘quasar grey’ with pearl white metallic paint.
Equipment carried over from the SZ4 trim level includes 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, rear privacy glass, and heated seats wrapped in faux leather. On the mechanical front, the Suzuki Jimny Adventure comes with a rudimentary but capable 4×4 system. Drive to the rear wheels when you’re driving around town, drive to all four when you’re venturing off the black stuff – nothing more, nothing less.
Under the bonnet there’s no change as, like all Jimny models, the Adventure is motivated by a four-cylinder 1.3-litre VVT petrol engine. Agreed, it’s a small unit and the Jimny feels underpowered at times. But then, you don’t need more to have fun in an off-road stalwart that weighs just 1,090kg.
The Adventure is available with manual transmission that returns an official 39.8mpg in combined cycle driving and CO2 emissions are 162g/km.
The Jimny has garnered an established, tough and capable reputation amongst its 24,000 loyal owners in the UK with many now on their third or even fourth Jimny. Its durability was certainly put to the test back in 2014 when long standing Suzuki fan Les Carvall and three friends drove two Jimmy’s around the world on their ‘Heaven can wait, I’m busy’ charity expedition. Starting in Southampton, the four-month global tour clocked up more than 18,500 miles across some very challenging terrain and both cars returned unscathed with no reliability faults reported.
If you’re in the market for personality, skip the supermini and crossover and test drive the Jimny. It may just surprise you. It does me, every time.