That depends if it is a used or new car, and what safety features a car has to influence the car crash ratings.
Used Suzuki Crash Safety Ratings
The Monash University Accident Research Centre analysed crash statistics, from over 3 million vehicles, in police-reported road crashes in New Zealand and Australia, between 1996 and 2008 involving 199 different vehicle types.
The Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) reflect the overall car crash safety performance, so in order to score well the car had to protect both the occupants of the car as well as minimal injury to other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists - basically everyone involved in the crash.
The data is published as part of a used car buying guide (Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) Buyer's Guide 2010) to help people decide on their options.
The results for this 2010 analysis indicate that the small 4WD Suzuki Samurai, Sierra, SJ410 and SJ413 models built between 1982-1999 scored Very Poor in the Crash Safety Ratings.
This may indicate that a Suzuki Jimny second hand could also score poorly.
The Suzuki Vitara and Escudo models built between 1988-1998 also scored Very Poor, however the Suzuki Grand Vitara model built between 1999-2005 scored Good.
For further details on more Suzuki 4WD and other brand ratings in the UCSR car buying guide, go to
How Safe Is Your Car
Update! 2011 Used Car Safety Ratings Results Are In...
and there is no change in ratings for the older, used Suzuki Jimny.
The 2011 USCR results include the crash statistics from 2009, broadly added to the 2010 results above.
What features help improve safety ratings?
It's suggested that the following features will help a car avoid a crash:
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
And the following features will reduce injury and death:
collapsible steering wheels
reinforced door frames
front, side and curtain airbags
seatbelts designed to work with airbags
Is your NEW Suzuki Jimny safe enough for your baby?
Of course, a new car is generally safer than a used car (largely due to the additions of safety features, according to the UCSR car buying guide). The new Jimny-Sierra has front airbags, side impact protection beams and ABS as standard. Suzuki also states that the new Jimny has crumple zones with a high strength steel frame to disperse the impact away from the cabin.
The Japanese New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) has the only lab-controlled crash test data for the Jimny (2005 model).
View the frontal collision:
View the offset frontal collision:
View the side impact collision:
The safety ratings from the
JANCAP Suzuki Jimny test
were 5 out of 6 stars for safety during the collision for the drivers seat, and 6 out of 6 stars for the front passenger seat. Rear seats were not tested.
Pedestrian head protection on the bonnet of the Jimny was rated only 1 star out of 5!
So what is the moral of the story?
Well, if you compare the results from the JNCAP tests to the UCSR, a new Jimny is safer than an old one.
However, note that there is no recent positive safety information about the Jimny, and there is no information about more recent models.
So is a new Jimny the safest car you can afford? As with any purchase, buyer beware!