Suzuki Jimny GL MT review: Tough yet charming

Suzuki Jimny

The new Suzuki Jimny is a bigger and better replacement of the previous model. While its predecessor became legendary with its 4WD prowess, it also shared a mediocre rating, especially in space and thirst for fuel. So, the engineers at Suzuki improved on the design, focusing on the frowned upon characteristics, to bring the now desirable new model. The result: the factory cannot keep up with the demand, with at least five months waiting time for each ordered unit.

The bigger 1.5-liter engine is powerful and torquey. It’s also more fuel-efficient than its predecessor as it no longer struggles to propel this small beast. Hardcore off-roading enthusiasts prefer the manual transmission for more control and fast shifting between gears.

Suzuki Jimny

The new Jimny is a 4WD—built with a 37-degree approach angle, 28-degree breaker angle, and 49-degree departure angle, with about 8.3-inches of ground clearance. The notched side windows are bigger, offering more visibility in tight trails. Plus, there are armour plates for front and back differential protection.

The overall aesthetics of the new Jimny smacks of retro. It has retained certain old Jimny trademarks, such as the round headlights, upright windshield, and slotted grille. It’s now squarish with minimum curves and black fender flares; it closely resembles a European SUV.

The rear swing-out gate with spare tire is retained, and for good reason. Loading big items
is easier, and the spare tire can be removed with ease.

The now iconic model spawned an upsurge in aftermarket accessories—from bigger tires and taller suspension system to body kits—making ownership of the Jimny a custom-oriented one.


  • The dash is smartly designed, with power window buttons on the console rather on the door panel. A big-for-its-size entertainment system assures great readability even at nighttime, and traditional analog gauges work without fear of short circuit electronic connections.
  • Exclusive to the Raptor is the six-mode Terrain Management System that includes Baja Mode. This makes the Raptor capable of high-speed all-terrain runs.
  • The cargo space is limited. Fold down the seats and the cargo space is now over 381 liters, which is acceptable by off-roading or camping enthusiasts’ standards.

Suzuki Jimny GL MT specs

  • ENGINE: 1.5L K15B 16-valve inline-4 gasoline
  • TRANSMISSION: 5-speed manual
  • POWER: 101hp @ 6,000rpm
  • TORQUE: 130Nm @ 4,000rpm
  • BRAKES: ventilated disc front, drum rear
  • SUSPENSION: 3-link riding axle suspension with coil springs
  • TIRES: 195/80 R15
  • SAFETY: driver and front passenger airbags, ABS, immobilizer, stability control, electronic door locks, ISOFIX, rear parking sensors
  • DIMENSIONS: 3,650 x 1,645 x 1,725mm
  • PRICE: P975,000

Speed says

The Suzuki Jimny has an adorable persona that appeals to both male and female enthusiasts. Its size makes it ideal for both urban dwelling and off-roading adventures. It’s light on the budget to maintain and you can dress it up any way you like.

Words Earl Manalansan
First published in Speed December 2019 issue

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