The first new Jimny in 20 years has the 4x4 world in a buzz. There is a worldwide shortage on Suzuki’s little offroad vehicle with a waiting list of more than two-and-a-half years in Japan alone, while the first two South African shipments have already sold out. It’s the styling that has grabbed attention, and the boxy, aggro-cute design gives it the look of a mini Hummer. When you stand beside this short, diminutive car you can hardly imagine that four large people could fit inside it. But they do. Along with the cute-enough-to-eat styling and a dash of extra power, Suzuki’s ’lil offroader has taken an interior growth spurt with 4cm of extra rear legroom. With the rear seats up it still has the luggage space of a carrier pigeon, but where the previous Jimny’s back seat threatened deep vein thrombosis for any adults who ventured there, the new car is usefully spacious. The Jimny 4x4 has earned a David vs Goliath reputation for its offroad skills, being able to scurry over most of th...

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