Suzuki Jimny: A contender for the Philkotse's subcompact SUV of the year

Updated Mar 23, 2021 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

For the end of the year, we're including a subcompact SUV of the year category and of our nominees is the 2019 Suzuki Jimny.

1. Suzuki Jimny: A contender for the subcompact SUV of the year

  • Its cute looks will catch anyone’s eyes.
  • Suzuki’s design for the new Jimny is as timeless as the old one
  • Despite being small, it’s really fun to drive on and off the road
  • Tough as nails
  • Very fuel-efficient engine
  • Is fast becoming an aftermarket darling

2. Suzuki Jimny 2019: Boxy in a good way

The design of the Suzuki Jimny 2019 shares a spot among specific cars in the present and the future. The Mercedes-Benz G Wagon, the Mazda RX7, and the Jeep Wrangler. If it isn’t obvious to you yet, they’re the kind of vehicles whose exterior look will stand the test of time.

Heck, we even think that if take a 2019 Jimny through a time machine 30 years both ways to the past and the future and people will still think that’s it’s a really great looking SUV.

A tough but cute looker that will undoubtedly turn heads where ever you are. Also, it helps that it comes in one of the most interesting color schemes in recent memory; Kinetic Yellow.

A picture of the Suzuki Jimny performing off-road in a wooded area.

Here's the Jimny in Kinetic yellow passing through a wooded, off-road area

And lastly, the 4th generation Suzuki Jimny is also fast becoming a really favored SUV when it comes to the after-market scene, be it as a show SUV, or as a full-blown off-road warrior.

>>> Check out: Suzuki Jimny 2019 Philippines Review.

3. Suzuki Jimny 2019: Imagine a 4-foot-tall man lifting 500 pounds

As we’ve said countless of times before, the latest version of the Suzuki Jimny is like a minuscule but muscular creature than can trade punches with the largest of brutes. All of its variants 4x4, has a robust truck-like chassis, and its 130 Nm of torque can easily pull its 1,135 kg.

While the Jimny cannot haul ass say, like a typical sedan, it can cut through terrain like butter. Also, with mods to its suspension, it can certainly crawl rocks.

Suzuki Jimny wading through mud

Even in stock form, the Suzuki Jimny can go through terrain like this like a fish in the water

>>> Click here to update the latest changes in Suzuki Jimny Philippines price.

4. Suzuki Jimny 2019: Back to the basics but still well equipped

While the interior is really simple looking and simple feeling, it does have a lot of modern amenities like a really capable touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, USB, Bluetooth, and an aux jack.

They even gave it a nifty looking meter cluster that’s in-line with the tough theme. And yeah, the horizontal orientation of the Jimny’s dash reminds us very much of the one aboard the Jeep Wrangler.

A picture of the Suzuki Jimny's interior.

The interior of the Jimny is utilitarian but really well equipped

Stay tuned here on for more car of the year contenders.

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

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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