Having recently spent some more extensive and in-depth time behind the wheel of the new Suzuki Jimny 1.5 GLX Automatic, I was convinced that Suzuki had done it again, the brand had produced a compact, loveable and incredibly capable little rock rabbit with the ability to go anywhere. This being said, I needed to spend some time driving the new Jimny in its 5-speed manual variant.

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In a nutshell:

  • Price: R311 900
  • Engine: 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol
  • Gearbox: 5-speed manual
  • Power/Torque: 75 kW/130 Nm
  • Fuel economy: 6.3 L/100 km

Dressed in Kinetic Yellow paint, the new Jimny simply looks the business. I love the samurai markings of this test vehicle, Suzuki has also mentioned that the point of this very bright paintwork is to allow the Jimny to stand out when in the bush.

Thanks to its short approach and departure angles, small, square and squat body dimensions and 210 mm ride height, there is literally no place that the Jimny will not go.  

Available in either GA or GLX models with the latter including the likes of some stylish smoked alloy wheels, and other subtle editions, however, both contain similar specs and the same motor. The part which I was interested in, however, was tackling the rough stuff, including soft sand with the new manual Jimny.

I am glad to report that it handled like an absolute champ, making light work or even some of the most arduous and difficult sand, rock and mud trails which I could find. My goal was to test the new Jimny across a wide spectrum of surfaces, and to my delight and across all the testing it managed to deliver smiles!  

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