The Maruti Suzuki Jimny has taken the Indian automobile market by storm with its impressive features and undeniable charm. While it may be classified as a lifestyle off-roader SUV that competes with the much larger Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha, the Jimny offers an array of qualities that make it an excellent choice for families across India as well. In this post, we will explore ten compelling reasons why the new Maruti Suzuki Jimny can be a great family car for people in India.
Ideal for Small SUV Enthusiasts
For those seeking the versatility of a small SUV, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny fits the bill perfectly. Its compact dimensions make it incredibly nimble and easy to maneuver through tight city streets and narrow lanes. It offers a much more manageable size than its closest competitors which are the Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha. Both of those lifestyle off-roaders are much larger in dimensions than the Jimny and they can feel a little cumbersome in city driving conditions and parking them requires a lot of space as well.
Exceptional After-Sales Service
Maruti Suzuki is renowned for its unparalleled after-sales service network, and the Jimny is no exception. With a widespread network of service centers and skilled technicians, Maruti ensures prompt assistance and hassle-free maintenance. This peace of mind is invaluable for families who prioritize reliable support throughout their ownership experience.
Potential for High Resale Value
Investing in a Maruti Suzuki Jimny can be a wise decision due to its potential for high resale value. Maruti’s reputation for durability and reliability contributes to the strong demand for their vehicles in the pre-owned market. As a result, the Jimny holds its value exceptionally well, making it a sound long-term investment.
Superior Ride Quality
In comparison to its chief rival, the Mahindra Thar, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny offers a more refined and comfortable ride. The newest generation of the Mahindra Thar is a massive improvement from the previous generation model however the Jimny is still is better than the Thar in terms of on road qualities. The Jimny offers a well-tuned suspension system and precise handling because of its light weight and smaller dimension.
Practical 5-Door Layout
The Jimny’s 5-door layout adds a touch of practicality that families will appreciate. With easy access to the rear seats, loading and unloading children, groceries, or luggage becomes a breeze. The spacious interior accommodates five passengers comfortably, ensuring everyone has ample legroom and headspace during long drives. The Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha although bigger in size lack a little in the ergonomics department due to the two-door layout. Furthermore the Thar and Gurkha also lack on rear passenger space and boot space as well.
Metal Hard Top: Excellent Insulation and Sound Deadening
Equipped with a metal hardtop, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny provides much better insulation and sound deadening. This feature enhances the overall driving experience by reducing outside noise. The Thar also offers a hardtop but the Jimny’s hardtop being a metal hardtop offers more insulation and is structurally more stronger.
Maruti Suzuki vehicles have established a reputation for being highly reliable, and the Jimny will most likely uphold this tradition. The Jimny is offered with the tried and test K15B Series 1.5-liter four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. This engine and transmission combination has been time tested and is known for its bulletproof reliability.
Automatic Gearbox Option
The Maruti Suzuki Jimny caters to the preferences of modern families with the availability of an automatic gearbox option. The Jimny is offered with a 4-speed automatic transmission which may seem a little underwhelming on papers but in practicality is better.
Best-in-Class Fuel Efficiency
Fuel efficiency is a crucial consideration for many Indian families, and the Maruti Suzuki Jimny excels in this aspect. The Jimny’s official ARAI certified mileage figures are 16.94 kmpl (manual) and 16.39 kmpl (automatic). In contrast the Mahindra Thar, provides an ARAI claimed mileage of 15.2 kmpl with the diesel manual variant and 9 kmpl with its diesel automatic variant. Furthermore, the claimed ARAI mileage ratings of the Thar petrol variants are 15.2 kmpl for both the manual and automatic variants.
Compact Size, Easy Parking
Navigating crowded parking lots or squeezing into tight parking spaces can be challenging for larger vehicles like the Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha. However, the Jimny’s compact size will allow it to fit into any parking spot. This is one of the main reasons why a ton of families living in crowded metropolitan cities will opt for the Jimny. Dimensionally the Jimny measures 3,820 mm in length, 1,645 mm in width and 1,720 mm in height. Meanwhile the Thar measures in at 3985 mm in length, 1855 mm in width and 1844 mm in height.
Looks cute (Bonus reason)
The Maruti Suzuki Jimny as mentioned is a smaller SUV compared to Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha and it may not look as macho as those SUVs. But this might not be a bad thing after all as the Jimny in itself looks pretty cute. It looks like a small toy car but with a little added accessories and upgraded wheels and tyres it can look extremely rough and off-road ready as well.