Cars come and go some leave a mark some just disappear, some pull an almost cult following, and that is the Suzuki Jimny. When people think of a mini 4X4 SUV, then definitely, the Suzuki Jimny is one of the cars that come to mind as it has been around for a while and has proved over the years to be one of the best in its category. Years passed and Mitsubishi decided to enter the mini 4X4 SUV category and brought us the Pajero Mini, which managed to challenge the Jimny but also provide a wider choice for us to choose from. Today we are going to compare the Suzuki Jimny vs Mitsubishi Pajero Mini bay taking a look at the interior, exterior, engine, and practicality. Please follow through
Suzuki Jimny vs Mitsubishi Pajero Mini Side-By-Side Comparison
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricing as of March 2021)
Suzuki Jimny Mitsubishi Pajero Mini
Generations 4 (LJ10, SJ30, JB23, JB64W) 1
Production Year 1970 - Present 1994 - 2012
Performance 64HP - 102HP 63 HP
Fuel Consumption 14.49 KM/L - 15.4 KM/L 14.49 KM/L - 15.4 KM/L
Drivetrain 2WD & 4WD 2WD & 4WD
Key Features Radio, CD Player, Airbag, Power Steering, A/C, ABS,
Keyless Entry, Back Camera, Alloy Wheels
Radio, CD Player, Airbag, Power Steering, Power Window,
A/C, ABS, Keyless Entry, Alloy Wheels
Seating Capacity 4 Passengers 4 Passengers
BE FORWARD price US$ 1340 - US$ 42,040 US$ 660 - US$ 14,600
The Suzuki Jimny is a car that is neat and practical, with an almost cult following from buyers. The Jimny is a chunky-looking 4×4 that exceeds expectations with its excellent on-road and off-roading abilities, qualifying it as the best car of both worlds.
The interior is well finished with four seats with headrests and ISOFIX child seat mountings on the rear seats. The seats offer enough head and legroom, but they are not desirable for longer journeys as they are not so comfortable. The seats are trimmed in either cloth or synthetic leather. Controls are well placed for ease of access and use. The Jimny doesn’t offer much when it comes to storage due to its size. There are door pockets, a glove box, and a tray. The cargo area has a 113-liter capacity that can be extended by folding the rear seats.
The Jimny comes with a well-designed front bumper with fog lights, above it, you find the trademark 5 slots Jimny grille design, and a bonnet with central air intake. The Jimny comes with a host of extra accessories including roof boxes, bicycle carriers, grill sets, sports bars, rear spoilers, and roof racks.
The 4th generation Jimny received 3-stars for safety from the Euro NCAP and some of its safety features include ABS, traffic-sign recognition, six airbags, dual sensor brake support, high-beam assistance, lane-departure warning, hill-descent control, and hill-hold control.
Mitsubishi Pajero Mini
The Pajero Mini is not so spacious but features an extended interior length which realizes more space and comfort with great headroom, legroom, and ease of getting in and out of the car. The reclining front and rear seats enable the realization of comfortable living space. One of the optional interior features includes the designed-by-women-for-women version which includes seat upholstery made of flame-retarding, odor-control cloth, anti-bacterial, step-free rear seat cushions, water-repellent covers, a baby-view mirror that helps the driver keep an eye on the child in the rear seat, baby car seat anchor points, curtains, a melodious audible door open alarm, and a unique interior color scheme.
The Pajero Mini is so generous when it comes to small items storage, as it provides several places including a box set in the luggage compartment floor, an overhead console-type tidy for items such as sunglasses or expressway tickets, door pockets, cup holders, and quarter pockets.
The opening glass hatch functionality on the rear tailgate is so convenient for loading and offloading small items.
The Pajero Mini has three doors with rear privacy glass. The front of the Pajero Mini is adorned with a 2 bar knit grille with a chrome Mitsubishi badge and heterogeneous twin-lens headlights (small round headlamps on old models) on the sides. Beneath the grille is the bumper with air vents at the center and fog lights on the sides. Some models come with a bonnet with a central air cleaner intake.
The Pajero Mini is built with Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE*2) safety body technology. Safety features of the Mini include frontal and side-impact occupant protection, fuel spill prevention, Omni-directional crash safety, obstacle avoidance capability, emergency braking, ABS, rear seat belts with a secure child seat safety, and SRS airbag.
Engine and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
The Suzuki Jimny has had several engines in its lifetime. Recent models are fitted with one of the below engines:
- The turbocharged 64HP/660cc inline 3-cylinder petrol engine with fuel consumption of 15.4 KM/L
- The 75HP/1300cc inline 4-cylinder petrol engine with a fuel economy of 14.49 KM/L.
- The 102HP/1500cc inline 4-cylinder petrol engine with a fuel economy of 14.71 KM/L.
The engines transfer power to the wheels via a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed auto.
Mitsubishi Pajero Mini
The Pajero Mini in its lifetime was equipped with different variants of the 4A30 engine as listed below.
- The turbocharged 63HP/659cc 4-cylinder 4A30 DOHC petrol engine.
- The 50HP/659cc 4-cylinder 4A30 petrol with an electronic carburetor.
- The 54HP/659cc 4-cylinder 4A30 SOHC petrol engine.
The average consumption of the 4A30 is 14.29 KM/L and 25 KM/L for urban use and extra-urban use respectively.
Power to the wheels is transferred by a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. On the 4WD models, the selection of 2WD or 4WD modes is done via a touch button.
The Suzuki Jimny and Mitsubishi Pajero Mini are two unique and useful small 4X4 SUVs that are so useful and capable of handling even the toughest off-roading tasks, but still, be useful for urban on-road use. These two cars are so similar in their functionality to an extent that recommending one over the other for their practicality alone is a bit tricky! In this comparison, let your taste lead you to which car to buy. But unfortunately, the latest model you can get from the Pajero Mini is the 2012 model while as they are no longer produced, but the Jimny is still in production and the latest model is the 2020 model.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya