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Suzuki Jimny

7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Suzuki Jimny

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Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

The Jimny’s ultra-honest unpretentiousness is the antidote to every beige crossover. Don’t expect sophistication, and you’ll adore it

The new Suzuki Jimny is a car of as many surprises as it is predictability. No, it’s not a sophisticated crossover dressed up in waders, but its authenticity as an off-roader hasn’t unduly compromised it on the road. Certainly, it’s got more rarefied manners than any Jimny before now, and its hard-fought momentum and deliberate controls make it rollicking good fun to tack along in.

Hopefully, Suzuki can get the pricing right. Hopefully, an audience will be drawn in by the tractor-beam of its squee-factor styling. Hopefully, they’ll come for the oddity and not be dismayed by the Jimny’s hardy reality and brutalist cabin.

In the end, you just can’t separate the sheer joy of the way this rascal looks, and the adorable character it plays as it skips along, from the way it drives, and that irrepressible cute-meets-tough joy is what will make it ultimately a little cracker to live with. It’s not the most complete 4x4 you can buy, but it’s a plucky underdog. Not to mention, something of a new Top Gear hero.

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