2023 Maruti Jimny Review : 11 Pros & 11 Cons

The Jimny is small in size compared to the Thar or Gurkha, but it is still a big head-turner. It is loaded with character and grabs the attention of other road users easily.

Maruti Jimny Pros

  • Extremely stylish retro-modern SUV with loads of character. A total head-turner that’s available in very interesting colours
  • Build quality is more solid than you’d expect of a Maruti. Even the interiors feel hard-wearing (note: plastic quality is nothing to write home about)
  • An agile mountain goat! 4×4 with low range, satisfactory all-round visibility, 210 mm GC, good wheel articulation and excellent approach, departure & break-over angles make it a potent offroader
  • Compact size & lighter kerb weight (than the Thar & Gurkha) bring advantages off-the-road and on it (in urban confines)
  • Stylish interiors with good space utilization for 4 adults
  • 4 doors make it more practical & family-friendly than the competing 2-door offroaders
  • Smooth torque-converter automatic transmission available
  • You can expect lots of modification & customization options, as is the case internationally. Go out & personalize your Jimny!
  • Features such as the hard top, tinted green glasses, near-flat reclining front seats, LED auto headlamps with washers, rear wash & wipe, cruise control, 9-inch touchscreen HU… 
  • Safety kit includes 6 airbags, 3-point seatbelts for all, ESP, brake-based limited slip differential, traction control, hill hold / descent control and ISOFIX mounts
  • Maruti’s excellent after-sales service, wide dealer network & fuss-free ownership experiences

Maruti Jimny Cons

  • Small size doesn’t give it the presence of a Thar or Gurkha
  • Unexciting 1.5L petrol engine with merely 103 BHP and 134 Nm. Don’t expect Maruti-esque fuel economy either (we saw high single-digit FE in our test-drive of the MT variant)
  • Notchy 5-speed MT with a heavy clutch pedal. MT owners will find the footwell to be cramped
  • Firm steering requires effort to operate. Vague on-road behaviour, weak return-to-centre action and wide 5.7 m turning radius
  • Just a 4-seater (even legally). Not being able to carry 5 limits family-wise practicality
  • Imperfect ride quality. Don’t expect road manners like a monocoque crossover, yet it is superior to the Thar’s bumpy ride
  • 4-speed AT feels very old and outdated (has an “OD” button like in the ‘90s!). That being said, the gearbox has smooth shifts & proven reliability
  • Missing features such as a sunroof, DRLs, rear A/C vents, auto wipers, TPMS, driver’s seat height & lumbar adjustment, steering reach adjustment, auto-dimming IRVM, dead pedal…
  • Boot space is just 208-liters; however, it is useable and more accommodating than the Thar’s. Disappointingly, the Jimny’s cabin has very few storage options & cubicles
  • No soft-top convertible or 2-door options available. Forget about the joy of open-top cruising
  • No diesel engine for those with high-running. The market still loves diesels in body-on-frame SUVs

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