When the apocalypse comes and rains fire on these unholy lands, only five things are scientifically capable of survival. The first four are common knowledge: cockroaches, tinned Spam, MotoGP riders and that dried Weetabix residue when you leave your bowl out overnight. The other is the new Mercedes-AMG G63 – an impenetrable fortress of a car, just as capable of outrunning a nuclear blast as it is sitting tight, absorbing the impact then continuing its business, trundling nonchalantly across the debris.
The Suzuki Jimny, judging by its three-star NCAP slap on the wrist, wouldn’t fare quite so well in the initial fireball, which is a shame because it would flourish in the aftermath. It might give away 476bhp to the G63, but the Jimny is a tiny, wilful, mountain goat of a car that can scamper over most things that stand in its path. In so many ways, not just its adorably squared-off body, it’s the apprentice to the G, the young whippersnapper who wants to be just like the big Merc when it grows up. And who are we to get in the way of its dreams?
Photography: Mark Riccioni
This feature originally appeared in the Awards issue of Top Gear magazine