Maruti Suzuki recently launched the much-anticipated Jimny SUV in India, with prices starting at Rs 12.74 lakh for the base Zeta trim and rising to Rs 15.05 lakh for the top-spec Alpha trim (both prices ex-showroom, India). But do you think this car is worth the price it’s being offered? Here are some factors that a buyer should consider before deciding on the 5-door Jimny as their vehicle of choice:
Maruti Suzuki Jimny- Variants/ Pricing
|Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-Door
|Rs 12.74 lakh
|Rs 13.69 lakh
|Alpha MT Dual-tone
|Rs 13.85 lakh
|Rs 13.94 lakh
|Rs 14.89 lakh
|Alpha AT Dual-tone
|Rs 15.05 lakh
1. Dimensions of the Car
The Suzuki Jimny’s compact dimensions make it easy to drive, but they also result in limited legroom and knee room for the driver and passengers. Furthermore, the stiff suspension setup produces a slightly harsh ride quality, making it unsuitable for long drives. Overall, the car appears to be small both inside and out.
2. Interior Quality/ Features
Suzuki has worked hard to make the new Jimny visually appealing from the outside. However, the new Jimny still feels very raw when it comes to the in-cabin experience. In terms of plastic quality, the dashboard and instrument console appear outdated and cheap. Also While the Jimny has a few nice features, such as headlamp washers, it lacks others, such as a front armrest, a rear armrest, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
The Jimny is powered by a 1.5L normal petrol engine with a torque output of 134Nm. It is significantly lower than all of the Mahindra Thar’s powertrains, which offer torque of up to 300Nm. Low-end torque comes in handy when offroading to get you out of tricky terrain.
4. No RWD Variants Available
The Jimny comes standard with 4-wheel drive in both the Zeta and Alpha variants. Buyers who drive their cars in the city will not find 4WD useful, and it will also increase the price. Furthermore, the lack of a Delta variant makes it expensive given its small dimensions and engine output, as buyers may opt for the Mahindra Thar 4×2 variant, which feels larger in terms of size and has a better engine and features.
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