Here’s a closer look at the 2019 Suzuki Jimny’s interior amenities and cargo space – something you might need to see before heading to Suzuki showrooms and reserving for a unit. There’s a long line, by the way, but I digress.
Interior: A well-deserved update
What you will like: Roomier than its predecessor, soft seat cushions, wide driving visibility, well-executed plastics for its price
What you won’t like: Fewer cubbyholes than before, (still) limited space, those dismal door pockets
Space has always been the Achilles’ heel of the Jimny, but it’s noticeably better in the all-new version of the boxy off-roader. As the driver, you won’t have to be wary of your elbows hitting the windows when making a full turn, plus the cabin employs an open feeling – brought about by the huge windows and boxy styling.
Aside from space, you’ll also appreciate the position of the buttons and controls on the dashboard. They’re logically placed, except maybe for the window buttons that are now found below the climate control, clustered with the hill descent and electronic stability controls. Plastics are also abundant inside the Jimny, but they’re well executed and points towards durability, as are most Suzuki cars these days.
Now, major complaints? Well, the door pockets are disappointing as a small bottle won’t even fit, not even a bag of chips. The only things that could be stored there would be papers and your wallet, provided that the latter isn’t stuffed with old receipts and membership cards. Cubbyholes are also down to one and a very small storage compartment in front of the passenger – something that my small wallet couldn’t even squeeze into.
Maximum cargo volume (all passengers backrests down): 830 Liters
As gruesome as the subheading above is, it’s actually the choice you’ll have to make if you’re bringing the 2019 Jimny to along road trip. The cargo volume behind the rear seats is limited to just a huge three-day duffel bag and maybe a knapsack, but it won’t be enough luggage space for four people.
To maximize the space, though, folding the rear seats flat to the floor would reveal 377 Liters while folding the front passenger backrest all the back would accommodate 830 Liters. In my test, a 5’3”-long surfboard would fit inside the Jimny with this configuration. But then again, this would be at the expense of a number of passengers. To tie things down, there are four tie-down latches found at the rear.