November 21, 2019 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2019 Suzuki Jimny GLX All Grip

The Supreme Mountain Goat

As appropriately attractive and eye-catching as the Solid Kinetic Yellow 4th-generation Suzuki Jimny GLX media test is, I prefer the more subdued Metallic Chiffon Ivory exterior color. Because the all-new Jimny is still tiny even if it has grown marginally to its largest interior volume to date, the bright color does make it more conspicuous which would help make it a touch safer.

I never got to test the 1st generation Suzuki Jimny but I certainly drove a myriad of both 2nd and 3rd generation models throughout the years. But none of them ever looked as good or performed as great as this! My old 1996 Suzuki Vitara JLX may have been a little larger but that actually had a more anemic 95 bhp / 103 lb-ft sohc 16V 1.6-liter engine mated to a very lethargic 4-speed automatic with an extremely poor brake system on a heavier body that struggled to climb even the most plebian of off-road terrain.

This new Suzuki Jimny is just so lovable and useful! You quickly forgive its load-capacity shortcomings and instead use that energy to create new adventures with it! Even if the overall design is straightforward and retrospective, it is classy, very desirable, and full of character. That character only grows too once you discover all the excellent and abundant functional details that are all thoughtfully designed for both purpose and aesthetics. The pond of plastics is copious but the surfaces use scratch and stain-resistant grained finishes that are tastefully executed. The clamshell bonnet, the X-Lumbar reinforcements integrated in the underbody, the powerful adjustable LED projector headlights with washers, the foldable rear seats with industrial plastic backing, the matching stitched interior passenger handrail trim, footwell interior lighting, three doors, cruise control, keyless-entry, automatic climate control with good looking vents, and the comprehensive 9-inch crisp infotainment system (that includes the rear camera display and inclinometer functions) all contribute to the most functional and refreshing genuine all-terrain vehicle in the market.

Yes, the Jimny is not a show pony; it is an authentic and practical SUV despite its size. The Jimny may be using coil-sprung 3-link rigid axles on both ends with a very short wheelbase on a robust ladder frame and rear drum brakes but it rides and brakes with more compliance and literally better shock absorption than many larger sedans using fully independent suspension and all-wheel discs. The All Grip 4WD system is a proper setup with a low-range transfer case. The brakes are also appropriate despite having non-vented front discs with additional electronic supports through the ABS system that helps with Hill Descent Control, Hill Hold Control, Brake LSD Traction Control, and stability control (ESP). The off-road attack angles, 37-degree approach, 49-degree departure, 28-degree ramp breakover combined with 210 mm of ground clearance using tall 195/80R15 96S Dunlop AT20 Grandtrek all-terrain tires make off-roading or just climbing curbs a cinch with a flick of the wrist.

When you are not playing in the dirt, you can run quite efficiently on the rear wheels on the highway but do be prudent with the speed; the tall Jimny is endearing but it cannot overcome physics and basic arithmetic either. The recirculating ball steering will feel odd and even a touch rubbery to drivers who have become accustomed to the more accurate and more communicative rack and pinion systems but that is deliberate with the benefits more appreciated when exploring rocky trails and muddy forests.

The Suzuki Jimny GLX is an exemplary and purposeful vehicle that is best enjoyed with two adults carrying all the adventure and action gear in the 377-liter rear cargo hold with both rear seats folded. I love it! How I wish I had this exact little SUV in my youth.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4, 1462 cc, dohc 16V, Multi-Point Port Injection, 4-speed AT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 101 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 96 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

Performance

Top Speed 152 km/h (95 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 11.6 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 7.4 L/100km Overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 1,095,000.00
What's Great Adorable, very charismatic and fun, versatile with exemplary off-road go-anywhere ability, excellent packaging.
What's Not So Wish it had a 6-speed automatic with a little bit more power, only uses 4 speakers, really for two adults and their support equipment.
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10
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