Suzuki Jimny SZ4

Suzuki Jimny SZ4.

The Suzuki Jimny will be replaced in the near future – not, you might be forgiven for thinking, before time. It has been around in more or less its current form since 1998, and it wasn’t exactly at the cutting edge of automotive development even then. By today’s standards it’s in many ways a terrible car. Having just lived with one for three weeks, I can happily say there is almost nothing on the market I want to own less. I would guess that this is a majority view, but…

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Suzuki Swift 1.0 Boosterjet SHVS SZ5

Blue Suzuki Swift SZ5 cornering hard.

The Suzuki Swift before this one was launched in the UK in 2010, and while it was a very appealing little car in many ways it was also starting to feel left behind by the opposition as it neared the end of its production life. The Swift which went on sale in June this year bears a close family resemblance to its predecessor but is better across the board. Crucially, although it’s a little shorter and lower, it’s roomier too. The older car already offered an amazing amount of space,…

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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.4 Boosterjet SZ5 Allgrip Auto

Overhead action shot of red Suzuki SX4 S-Cross.

I’m still not sure I like the large chrome grille that was added to the front of the SX4 S-Cross during its 2016 update, but Suzuki’s reason for adding it makes sense. The original model sold in disappointing numbers in the UK, and Suzuki decided that this was partly because the car didn’t look aggressive enough to appeal to SUV buyers. The grille, and a major change to the shape of the bonnet, have certainly put that criticism to bed. There was a little more to the update than a…

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Suzuki Baleno 1.0 Boosterjet SZ5

Angled shot of red Suzuki Baleno being driven past a grass banking on an urban road.

Unexpectedly, I have fallen a little bit in love with the Baleno. It’s not that there is anything outstanding about it; I don’t think even Suzuki would seriously claim there was. Nor is the 1.0 Boosterjet SZ5 one of those cars that turns out, for no obvious reason, to be the absolute gem within its range. Within the first five miles it was evident that, for example, the 1997 Subaru Impreza Sport, the least powerful diesel version of the last-generation Audi A4 and, more recently, the 1.4-litre petrol Hyundai i30…

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Suzuki Vitara 1.4 S Boosterjet

Suzuki Vitara S being driven vigorously round a left-hand corner on a country road.

When Suzuki launched the new-generation Vitara SUV in 2015, the choice of engines was limited to one petrol and one diesel engine, both of them with a capacity of 1.6 litres and each producing a maximum of 118bhp, though in very different ways. Since then, the engine opportunity has risen by 50%. Suzuki has introduced a new 1.4-litre turbo petrol unit named Boosterjet (slightly reminiscent of 1960s sci-fi, don’t you think?) which will no doubt become more common in time but is for now offered only in the Vitara. And…

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