Here is my review of Suzuki Jimny, Jeep Wrangler, and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
Traditional 4×4 wagons are on the decline, but this trio keeps the dream alive regardless of your budget.
It’s funky, modern and fun off-road, but there are limits to the Jimny’s credentials when it comes to serious 4×4 touring. Everyone seems to love the diminutive Suzuki 4×4 and have a story about bumping along a beach in an old one. The new Jimny stays true to the compact two-door body, ladder chassis and live axles the brand is known for, but there’s no longer a soft-top version or a long-wheelbase cab-chassis/ute offering.
Engine: 1.5-litre inline-4 petrol
Max Power: 75kW @ 6000rpm
Max Torque: 130Nm @ 4000rpm
Gearbox: 4-speed automatic
4×4 System: Dual-range part-time
The Jeep Wrangler offers plenty of choice with seven models but scored only a one-star safety rating.
The range comprises both two- and four-door body styles and a choice of petrol or diesel engines; although, the two-door only comes as the entry-level Sport S specification and the diesel engine is only available in top-priced four-door Rubicon guise.
Engine: 2.2-litre inline-4 turbo diesel
Max Power: 147kW @ 3500rpm
Max Torque: 450Nm @ 2000rpm
Gearbox: 8-speed automatic
4×4 System: Dual-range full-time (+2WD)
The 2019 G-Class sheds its 40-year design heritage.
That previous generation was the original and has been with us for 40 years, and this is the most major change to the G at that time. It also comes with a new, bigger and more rounded body shell, as well as improved on-road manners.
Engine: 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel
Max Power: 135kW @ 3800rpm
Max Torque: 400Nm @ 1600-2600rpm
Gearbox: 5-speed automatic
4×4 System: Dual-range full-time
These three old-school 4x4s have more than a century of heritage combined, yet their target audiences are vastly different. Suzuki 4x4s have always been about cheap, affordable fun, and the new Jimny carries on that tradition; although, it costs a bit more than it used to and you can no longer drop the top off for beach drives.
It’s a small two-door wagon that would never work well as a family vehicle. However, I have no doubt the budget alternative to the bigger wagons would be up to the task.
The Jeep Wrangler is the vehicle here with a model range to appeal to more buyers, the size and versatility to suit different applications, and off-road ability that is unrivaled among new cars – all that in a vehicle that is moderately priced and with bucket loads of aftermarket accessories available.
At $250K+ the list of people looking for an AMG G63 as an affordable off-roader is a short one, but it is a vehicle that is still selling well around the world. Even the G350 or G400, whichever one we get, will be priced on the heavy side of $150K; so, again, it’s unlikely to be bought as an off-roader. Whichever G-Class you may be lucky enough to choose, you can be sure it will be more exclusive than either the Wrangler or the Jimny on both the street and off-road.
So if you looking for a 4×4 vehicle with the “feel” of a G-Class but very affordable, Good luck in picking your choice.
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