Suzuki Jimny (2018-2020) review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Despite its small size and lightweight construction, the Jimny’s four-wheel drive system means running costs are relatively high
Don’t be fooled: despite the new Suzuki Jimny’s lightweight construction and dinky dimensions, it’s unlikely to be a cheap car to run. Especially if you often drive off-road in 4x4 mode.
Official fuel consumption ranges from 32.1 to 35.8mpg on average depending on spec – with those cars on bigger wheels likely to be slightly less efficient. CO2 emissions start at 154g/km and rise to 170g/km on some models. There is no super-frugal diesel model.
For comparison, a Dacia Duster (in petrol guise) will emit between 145g/km and 158g/km, while diesel versions reduce this to as little as 115g/km. The most efficient front-wheel-drive versions can return as much as 64.2mpg.
SZ4 models sit in insurance group 13, while top-spec SZ5 cars occupy group 15. For comparison’s sake, the Dacia Duster sits between group 8 and group 12.
Despite launching way back in 1998, even now the old Jimny will retain up to 53 per cent of its value after three years or 36,000 miles, with the latest model holding on to around 55 to 56 per cent over the same period, according to our experts. A Dacia Duster is similarly competitive, but crossover rivals like the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke fall some way short.
In this review
- 1Suzuki Jimny reviewComprehensive changes bring the Suzuki Jimny into the 21st Century. It isn’t perfect, but it’s full to the brim with quirky charm
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Suzuki Jimny is a car designed to excel on rutted tracks and muddy lanes, which compromises handling on the road
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingDespite its small size and lightweight construction, the Jimny’s four-wheel drive system means running costs are relatively high
- 4Interior, design and technologyWith a rugged charm, the Suzuki Jimny’s interior feels built to last rather than in any way luxurious
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceSpace in the back of the latest Suzuki Jimny is acceptable, but the boot is absolutely tiny
- 6Reliability and SafetySuzuki just missed out on a top 10 finish in our latest Driver Power survey, and the Jimny feels built to last