The Jimny Estate, the compact SUV that has provided so many customers with their first taste of 4x4 motoring, now benefits from a major facelift and at no extra cost. With a fully refreshed and redesigned interior, sparkling new VVT engine, and just £9,999 on the road for the manual transmission model and £10,782 for the automatic, it remains the bargain of the SUV sector.
As fresh and distinctive as ever, the Jimny is every inch the compact, chunky SUV that backs up style with substance, as capable of tackling forays off the beaten track as it is at handling the urban cut and thrust.
The variable valve timing of its new Euro IV-compliant, 16-valve 1.3 litre engine ensures lively performance, and strong fuel economy. Output rises from 82 to 85 PS, while the 81 lb ft of torque is now delivered at 4,100 rpm, to give a flatter torque curve - near maximum torque is provided from as low as 2500 rpm - and improved flexibility. It’s complemented by brand-new 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions, offering slicker changes and revised ratios perfectly matched to the characteristics of the all-alloy engine.
In everyday terms the benefits are significant, with Combined cycle consumption improving from 36.2 to 38.7 mpg and carbon dioxide emissions down from 184 to 174 g/km (automatic from 34.9 to 36.2 mpg and 189 to 184 g/km respectively). The manual Jimny is also quicker to 62 mph, down from 16.8 to 14.1 seconds.Published 21 January 2005