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Suzuki Jimny SUV (1998-2018) - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Suzuki Jimny has a thirsty engine and CO2 emissions are high

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The Suzuki Jimny is one of the cheapest 4x4s on sale. Granted, it’s flawed in a lot of areas, but it does undercut small hatchback 4x4s such as the Fiat Panda 4x4 and even the Suzuki Swift 4x4 from within its own model range – and that’s before you get to the significantly more expensive crossovers and small SUVs than make up the rest of its rivals.

Suzuki Jimny MPG & CO2

There’s only one engine available in the Suzuki Jimny, which keeps things simple on the fuel economy front. The 1.3-litre petrol returns 39.8mpg and emits 162g/km of CO2 when it’s coupled to the standard manual gearbox. Go for the automatic and those figures decrease and increase respectively to 38.7mpg and 167g/km. Fuel economy of less than 40mpg from a small, low-cost car isn’t very impressive these days, while you’re looking at £180 a year in road tax for the manual and a £205 annual bill for the automatic – neither of which are much to write home about by today’s standards.

Insurance group

The Jimny’s simplicity and low cost means insurance groups are both low and straightforward. The entry-level SZ3 model is in group seven, while the SZ4 is in group nine – and that’s all there is to it. Annual premiums should be fairly cheap.

Warranty

Suzuki offers an industry-standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty with the Jimny. It’s nothing special, but few of its rivals offer anything truly spectacular on this front either. Toyota, which builds the RAV4, is the only exception, with its five-year/100,000-mile warranty.

Servicing

Service intervals for the Jimny are every year or 9,000 miles, which is quite short by today’s standards. The brand does offer a fixed-price service plan, which can either be paid up front in a lump sum or by direct debit on a monthly basis, but you have to get a quote via its website or your local dealer for the exact costs.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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