Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

IN al­most ev­ery way you can think of, the cur­rent Suzuki Jimny – which has been on sale since 1997 – trails be­hind su­per­mini-based SUVS by a coun­try mile. It’s cramped, noisy, short of safety equipment and com­i­cally bad to drive by mod­ern stan­dards.

How­ever, if you need what is ar­guably the most ca­pa­ble small off-roader on sale – not to men­tion a cheap and in­cred­i­bly re­li­able one – and care not for crea­ture com­forts, the Jimny is worth a look. Price range: £12,999-£15,299 Our pick: SZ4 (£14,299) En­gine: 1.3-litre 4cyl petrol, 84bhp Trans­mis­sion: 5-spd man­ual, dual-range se­lectable 4x4 Top speed: 87mph Econ­omy: 39.8mpg CO2: 162g/km

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