Simon Lai road tests and reviews the 2015 Suzuki Jimny Sierra
The Suzuki Jimny Sierra is a two door 4WD that has basic features built for a specific purpose. I had the current model for a long term test – one month – let’s see how it got on.
The 2015 Suzuki Jimny Sierra comes in only one variant – a tiny 1.3 litre petrol engine and comes in both a manual and automatic transmission.
The auto, which I drove, retails for $22,990 while pricing for the stick shift starts at an affordable $20,990.
Out on the road the Jimny won’t break any records with its slow acceleration powered by a humble 62.5kW and 110Nm.
It cruises along comfortably at its natural speed but won’t give much more even when you push it so best to stick to the left.
Control is also a challenge as the floppy steering lacks precision and has a tendency to drift from lane and the wheel itself is tight to turn especially at lower speeds.
Suspension too can be rough and is especially noticeable in the rear when going over speed humps.
I found the fuel economy a bit high at approximately 10L/100km out of the 40L tank but that’s after a combination of surfaces.
Despite all this, the vehicle is manoeuvrable largely due to its dimensions and short wheelbase making it extremely easy to park and fit in tight gaps and spaces.
I had plenty of room left in the garage, not just front and back, but also the sides of car providing copious room to store stuff and to get in and out of.
This is a result of the vertical design with straights sides and although the interior space may be narrow and restricted for occupants, means there is plenty of headroom.
The higher roof also allows for larger windows which affords great visibility all round with next to no internal obstructions.
Aside from being a little cramped, the seats are still soft and comfy even though they appear otherwise, and legroom is passable.
The rear however is another story. Once you manage to climb into the back through the front door, you’ll find the space is even more confined. Back rests are low and flat and legroom is restricted with the high foot well and your knees butting up against the back of the front seat.
The rear seats are really for emergency use and recommended short trips.
Boot space is also minimal because of the short chassis, but is increased when you fold the rears seats down which is probably going to be the most common configuration. The seat backs however, don’t fold flush to the boot floor and there’s always the roof racks.
Other storage is limited with a few receptacles in the console, door pockets only wide enough for documents and a good hutch above the glove box. Surprisingly there’s even an ashtray!
In this case it’s probably easier to list what features the Jimny does have; power windows (auto down only) and power mirrors are pretty much the limits of technology.
The rest of the accoutrements are from the dark ages with basic gauges, a/c controls and stereo. Though it is nice sometimes to have a simple, easy to use stereo to tune the station that you want without the complexity found in many of today’s multimedia units.
I had the Jimny in my possession for a while so I had time to take it off-road which really is what it’s meant for.
Appearances may be deceiving but make no mistake the Jimny Sierra is a real four-wheel drive. It has button to switch to 4WD mode as well as a 4WD-L for low range gearing.
4WD-L must be engage in neutral while swapping between 2WD and 4WD can be done whilst driving.
It’s no superstar but is enthusiastic and copes with tough terrain whether it be muddy conditions or steep slopes.
Given it’s petite size it handles better than a large 4WD in certain places and has the advantage of being able to fit through gaps or go around obstacles instead of over them.
The 2015 Suzuki Jimny Sierra is meant to be a fun, compact 4WD for those who want to a bit of weekend off-roading without the size or cost.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Suzuki Jimny Sierra
Engine: 1.3 litre petrol producing 62.5kW and 110Nm
Transmission: Automatic and five-speed manual
Warranty: 3 year/100,000km
Safety: Not yet tested
Price: From $22,990