Which 2020 Suzuki Jimny variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide]

Updated Mar 01, 2023 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

If you're not sure which Jimny to buy, here's a variant comparison guide to assist you.

The Jimny was first introduced in 1970 by Suzuki and has been a contender in its segment not only in the Philippines but also globally. It’s military-like styling and off-roading capabilities are the Jimny’s best selling points.

Now on its fourth generation, the Suzuki Jimny managed to maintain most of its key features like the boxy body type and round headlamps that make it instantly recognizable on the road. The only downside for most people with the Jimny is the fact that it is a relatively small car.

Suzuki currently offers three variants for the Jimny, namely the base GL – MT, GL – AT, and the top-spec GLX – AT. How do they differ from each other? Read on.

Suzuki Jimny Variants: Exterior

For starters, all Suzuki Jimny has the same overall dimension measurements of 3,480 mm (3,650 mm if the spare tire cover is included) in length, 1,645 mm in width, and 1,725 mm in height. The wheelbase is measured at 2,250 mm and the minimum ground clearance is measured at 210 mm.

The Jimny’s round headlamps come as LED Projector type in the GL – AT and GLX variants while the base variant is equipped with a standard halogen multi-reflector headlamps. All variants come with front fog lamps as a standard feature.

Rear view of the Jimny

Suzuki did a good job in designing the Jimny with off-road aesthetics

The GL variant (Monotone) comes with either a Pearl Bluish Black or Metallic Silky Silver paint finish. While the GL/GLX (Monotone) offers a Solid Jungle Green, Solid Medium Gray, and White color option. Lastly, the GLX (2 Tone) offers brighter color options like the Solid Kinetic Yellow, Metallic Brisk Blue, and Metallic Chiffon Ivory.

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Suzuki Jimny Variants: Interior

Fabric seats, 50:50-split single-folding rear seats, assist grips passenger’s side, chrome parking brake release button, and chrome door handles are all standard features across the Suzuki Jimny variants.

A 9-inch multimedia audio touchscreen with offline navigation, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity also comes standard for all Jimny variants. Audio is produced through two front speakers while two more rear speakers are featured to the GLX variant.

Interior view of the Suzuki Jimny

Interior view of the Suzuki Jimny

Suzuki’s off-road friendly feature, called the clinometer display, is made available only for the top-spec variant. This displays a compass, barometric pressure, altimeter, and the Jimny’s pitching and rolling.

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Suzuki Jimny Variants: Engine and Performance

There is no difference between the variants when it comes to the engine used. All variants are powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder K15B gasoline engine that can generate a total power output of 101 hp at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm.

The K15B engine used on a Jimny

The K15B engine used on a Jimny

The GL – MT’s engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission while both the GL – AT and GLX use a 4-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive comes standard to all Jimny variants. Fuel consumption is rated at 11-12 km/L combined, according to Suzuki.

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Suzuki Jimny Variants: Safety

Coming standard for all variants are safety features like SRS dual front airbags, anti-lock brake system, hill hold control, LED high-mount stop lamp, immobilizer, hill descent control, and reverse parking sensor.

A Clinometer Display

The Clinometer Display made available on the GLX variant

However, safety features like the brake assist function and reverse parking camera are all made exclusively for the top-spec GLX variant.

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Suzuki Jimny Variants: Pricing

Suzuki Jimny GL (Monotone) 5MT
Php 1,055,000
Suzuki Jimny GL (Monotone) 4AT
Php 1,115,000
Suzuki Jimny GLX (Monotone) 4AT
Php 1,165,000
Suzuki Jimny GLX (2 Tone) 4AT
Php 1,175,000

>>>You should also consider checking the prices of second hand Suzuki Jimny for sale to have more options in the process of buying and selling your car.

Suzuki Jimny Variants: Conclusion

We can conclude that the Suzuki Jimny is a versatile off-roader that maintains a relatively low price point. It may not be the best choice for an everyday family car, but if you’re looking for a vehicle that can drive through on almost any terrain, then the Jimny might be the car for you.

Moreover, we see the Jimny as one of the many ideal vehicles for young professionals.

A Jimny driving through an off-road

We'll never get used to its timeless round headlamps

So, which variant is the best option at its given price point? We would have to say that it’s the GLX – AT variant. Pricing is not really a big issue since the price differential between the base and the top-spec variant is not large.

The GLX comes with exclusive features that could provide a better resale value in the future.

If you are on a budget, the base GL variant would also do since almost all features come standard across all variants. This also applies to the engine performance figures, but do take note that the base variant comes with a manual transmission.

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Know more about Suzuki Jimny 2024

Suzuki Jimny

The Suzuki Jimny 2023 is a 4x4, ladder-frame mini-SUV. In the local market, this model is available in three different variants. There’s the GL 1.5 MT, the GLX 1.5 AT (Monotone), and the GLX 1.5 AT (Two-tone). Their prices range from Php 1,258,000 to Php 1,330,000. 

Under the hood, the Suzuki Jimny uses a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of producing up to 101 horsepower and 130 Nm of torque. The entry-level GL variant may come with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the GLX exclusively uses a four-speed automatic transmission. All then come with the Suzuki 4x4 All Grip Pro drivetrain. 

Size-wise, the Suzuki Jimny has a length of 3,480mm, a width of 1,645mm, and a height of 1,725mm. It then has a wheelbase length of 2,250mm, and a ground clearance of 210mm. 

Locally, the Suzuki Jimny technically doesn’t have direct competitors. Then again, the closest off-road-focused recreational vehicles available locally are the Toyota FJ Cruise and the Jeep Wrangler. Size-wise though, the Jimny is more in line with the Hyundai Kona, MG ZS, Geely Coolray, Kia Seltos, Chery Tiggo 2 Pro, and Mazda CX-3, among others. 

₱ 1,258,000 - ₱ 1,330,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined Philkotse.com as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.

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