Hello friends, we’re right now at the off-road circuit “Autorrescate 4×4” in Los Ángeles with extreme difficulty where we are going to de San Rafael. A very comprehensive circuit make a very special group test. We’re comparing two cars, two real off-roaders. The first one, the Toyota Land Cruiser Limited, world referent. Top-of-the-line in Toyota’s 4×4 range, 70.000 euros as tested, 2.200 kilograms of kerb weight and all the off-road features and gadgets that Toyota can offer in its best 4×4. So, who are we pitting against this fantastic Land Cruiser? Our rival is no other than the new Suzuki Jimny. 20.000 euros as tested and half the weight of the Toyota Land Cruiser. It weighs prcisely 1.100 kilograms. The new Jimny promises true off-road capabilities, with two live axles, a strong ladder chassis, and a 4×4 system with low-range gears. We’re going to see what this Jimny is capable of, benchmarking it with the king of 4×4. Let’s begin. Our idea is to test. how far the Jimny can go. In order to do so, we’re pitting it against one of the world’s best off-road vehicles. We’re aware of the huge gap there is between them. The Land Cruiser is
ellos en el mercado. El Land Cruiser está the absolute top pick, and the Jimny is the newcomer. The Land Cruiser is three times more expensive, twice as heavy, and has an engine with almost twice the displacement and power, and more than three times its maximum torque. It also has 7 seats, as opposed to the Jimny’s four seats. It’s so much bigger. The Suzuki Jimny we chose is the top-of-the-line Mode 3, and it’s equipped with a manual gearbox. The Toyota Land Cruiser is also the range-topper. It’s surname is Limited and it has an automatic gearbox. The Jimny’s transmission is a selectable 4WD system with low-range gears. It doesn’t have a central differential so on the road we always should be in 2WD mode. The front and rear differentials are open diffs and the car’s traction control helps it move forward when any of the wheels loses grip. The Land Cruiser’s 4×4 system is a full-time 4×4 system with low-range gears. Its front differential is an open diff but the center diff and the rear diff are Torsen limited-slip differentials. The center diff can be locked by pressing a button and it has electronic traction control among other important off-road assists. Let’s see how far they can go. [Music] [Music] We’re going to drive some very broken trails right now. There are loose rocks and little streams of water crossing them. Let’s see how these cars behave. So far, the Toyota Land Cruiser feels really isolated from the outside world. It’s very comfortable and composed. As it’s very heavy it doesn’t bounce around, it glides over the obstacles. [Music] One of the things we’re going to do the most when driving a 4×4 is driving on rough trails. That’s what we’re right now doing with the Toyota Land Cruiser, and what we’ll do next with the Jimny. The Land Cruiser is way bigger and heavier, so it’s much more composed in this type of driving. It weighs 2.200 kilograms and its suspension has a very long travel. It’s composed even in very rough trails, like this one. The sound insulation is really good, and it feels good to be inside of the car. The Toyota Land Cruiser is the segment’s top pick because of things like this. We have to see how the Suzuki Jimny behaves in the same broken and rough trail. We’re driving the same path with the Suzuki Jimny. The surface is really rough. It’s full of big rocks, holes and loose boulders. The Jimny is much lighter and it really feels from the inside. It’s a bouncy car. Everytime we hit an obstacle the car reacts instantly. It doesn’t have the same vertical inertia. We flop around a lot more. We are not all over the place but if we compare it with the heavy and stable Land Cruiser, this car is much “happier” on rough surfaces and its reactions are different. I would even say this car is more fun to drive. In the end the Jimny is more lively and the driving engagement is bigger than in the Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser does everything so well so well that it can even be… a little bit boring. In any case, on trails, the Jimny’s manoeuvrability is far superior. It’s a full meter shorter than the Toyota. If you are traversing a maze of paths and trails like this one I would prefer to be in the Jimny. The next test is a series of very deep ditch crossings. Two wheels will be in the air and only two wheels will have grip. Let’s see how this car with center and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials behaves, and then, we will do the same with the Jimny. With open diffs, but a good 4×4-optimized traction control system. Let’s start with the Toyota Land Cruiser. We’re begginning with the Land Cruiser. Let’s get to the ditch crossing and let’s see how well it behaves. I’m not going to give the car many orders. I will just drive forward slowly, controlling the throttle carefully. I don’t want the car to automatize my driving. I want to see how it behaves naturally. Of course, we have low-range engaged, we are entering the ditch crossing area. I feel it losing traction,
Ahí siento que pierde tracción, it takes time getting traction, but gets it Here comes the most deepest ditch. Wheel up in the air, but the car feels smooth, very, very smooth It doesn’t fight, it gently pulls through and gets us out. We have completed the ditch crossing in a very smooth and easy way, with a great in-control sensation. This car is overqualified for 4×4. Now let’s do the ditch crossing with the Suzuki Jimny. Wheels will be up in the air by pairs and we’ll see how well the traction control works in this pretty difficult situation, with a light ascending incline. So far so good, but I think the wheels are still on the ground. And here is where the fun starts, I can feel the traction control working. It’s stuck, traction control, traction control… and it pulls it trough. Once again wheels in the air, again traction control… and again pulls it forward. You can hear it working, and I can feel through the steering wheel the way it brakes one wheel to send traction to the other wheel. An easy test for the Suzuki Jimny but a real life display that the Jimny’s traction control is really effective. Let’s focus now on one of the advantages of the Suzuki Jimny against the Toyota Land Cruiser: its offroad angles. We are going to be focusing on the weakest point of the Toyota Land Cruiser, its departure angle of 25 degrees. Here against this rock you can see how the car wouldn’t be able to drive up this ramp. The fender of the car would touch the ground before the wheel. We would scrape the fender. The approach angle is 31 degrees. They are key when facing trials. Let’s put the Suzuki Jimny in the exact same position so that you can see how different these cars are and the huge advantage the Jimny has when facing these kind of ramps in regard to the huge Land Cruiser. We have moved the Toyota Land Cruiser and put the Suzuki Jimny in the exact same position. The Suzuki Jimny has a departure angle of 49 degrees. Almost double the Toyota Land Cruiser. You can see why this is importante: the wheel touches the rock. It could go up the ramp without scraping its rear fender. The Toyota’s rear overhang made driving up this ramp impossible. The Suzuki Jimny has a big advantage over most big off-road vehicles, and it’s its excellent angles. Being so short, having such a little wheelbase and short overhangs it boasts a departure angle of 42 degrees, and an approach angle of 37 degrees. It’s an amazing value, way superior than anything else on sale right now. These angles allow us to face trials with a bigger confidence than with a bigger car. [Music] It’s time to go mudding. We have this deep mud pit, with tracks full of water and mud. Let’s throw in the Land Cruiser and let’s see if it’s able to get out. First, I’m activating Crawl Control on its fastest setting. Let’s see what happens. I’m driving in but this part is easier. Now it’s the most challenging point, and I’m giving it some gas, if I don’t do it we might get stuck. It suffers, but it plows right through, without stopping, it just pulls through. Very smooth. I’m just going to keep driving though this trail full of mud. It’s a very deep pit, but the car doesn’t lose traction. He finds traction, I don’t know in which wheel,where but it just doesn’t stop. It pulls easily. Very good. Amazing job, Land Cruiser. Great job for the Land Cruiser on the mud pit. Let’s see how the Jimny does it. We are driving the Suzuki Jimny into same mud pit, and we are going to see what happens. It’s very deep and very slippery, and we’re going to see how this baby handles it. We are entering the mud pit now. He’s fighting. He fights. He fights very hard. He suffers. He suffers a lot. I’m stuck, I’m stuck. I’m stuck here. I don’t think it’s getting out of here. I don’t think we are getting out, but let’s try it one more time. Let’s pick up some more momentum and see if we can make it. It suffered a lot, but it finally pulled ahead. And I’m going to stop it here, because I think we are going to bottom out. I don’t want to go on because the car is having a lot of trouble, and I think it will bottom out. I’m going to get out of here over the side. Let’s call it a day. Next comes the most difficult challenge of this group test. A very steep ramp very slippery, made of loose dirt. There are ditch crossings along the ramp. The car is going to be going up the ramp with traction on just one wheel in each axle, with two wheels in the air in the opposite diagonal plane. It’s one of the most difficult challenges for a 4×4 vehicle. Let’s go inside, and let’s see how the Land Cruiser faces this. We are inside the Land Cruiser. Let’s start the car’s engine, and let’s face this ramp with deep ditch crossings. There are no less than three ditch crossings in this ramp. The car is going to undergo a huge mechanical stress, there are moments when just two wheels in the same diagonal plane are going to have traction and the other two will be in the air, or almost in the air in the middle of a big ramp. I insist, this isn’t just a ditch crossing, it’s a very steep ramp with ditch crossings scattered along it. What is this car’s weapon against this obstacle? Of course, 4WD with low-range engaged, and on top of that a central differential. It’s a Torsen type. It can be manually locked, and it’s also self-locking. The rear differential is also a Torsen differential. It can’t be manually locked but it’s a limited-slip differential (LSD) that locks itself when the
que se bloquea cuando la diferencia de two wheels spin at too different rates. For practical purposes, we have center and rear locking differentials. On top of that, we have a true toy: Toyota’s software. The good one, a “terrain management system” that allows us to tell the car what surface we are driving on. In this Limited version we even have a better toy. Crawl Control.
el Crawl Control. Crawl Control allows us to set a certain speed. The car will hold that speed no matter what happens. On ascending ramps, descending ramps, or over any obstacle or challenging zone. Let’s set Crawl Control at a moderate speed. I’m not setting it too slowly, so the car has some momentum. Now I’m just going to let the car do its thing. Let’s go. Crawl Control makes some funny noises, ABS-like. It also has an electronic traction control. On this critical point the car just carries on. I may feel it getting a bit stuck, but then I feel it searching for grip. It finds grip in the wheels that are in contact with the ground, and goes up effortlessly. We drive down over the other side… and challenge accomplished. [Music] [Music] The engine was spinning slowly, and I felt the car was making a very small mechanical effort. The noises the car was making was just the ABS system doing its job, controlling the wheels individually, looking for grip. I feel that the Toyota is very capable against these kind of obstacles, demolishing them without breaking a sweat. Now, let’s go up the same ramp with the Suzuki Jimny. Let’s talk about the tools this car has to face this obstacle. Let’s see if it can make it. We are already inside the Jimny. Let’s buckle up first of all.
Jimny. Vamos a poner el cinturón antes de I’m going to explain how this car’s 4×4 system works. This car doesn’t have a center differential, which would be equivalent to a locked differential 100% of the time. That is great, because it’s going to send 50% of the torque to the front axle and 50% to the back no matter what. Both the front and rear differentials are of the open variety. The differential is going to try to send all of the torque trough the path of less ressistance, to the wheel with less grip due to his own mechanical nature. How can the Jimny counteract this open differentials? It has a 4×4-optimized traction control system capable of simulating a locking differential. It is able to spin the wheels as if they were fused together, braking the wheel that spins. This is the theory, now let’s see how this car behaves on the ground. Low-range activated, first gear, little bit of gas and let’s hit that ramp. We are on the first ditch crossing and I can feel how the wheels are being braked. It’s fighting, it fights, it fights, it fights until it makes it. It goes up, but with a lot of suffering. Now I’m stuck here. Yes, I’m stuck. I’m stalling the engine. I have to stall it to go back. We’re going up and it loses grip in the ditch crossing. It spins, spins, fights, fights. And in the end he goes up! It keeps getting traction, it’s very difficult but in the end he makes it and we reach the top of the hill. We made it, barely. In fact I have stalled the engine because you are not supposed to use the clutch in 4×4 but we made it up. We made it. The car suffered 100 times more than the Toyota Land Cruiser but it took us to the top. We made it up and that’s the important thing. I’m dying to see these takes from the outside. We are now facing the same ramp we just went up with the two cars, but going down. It’s a steep ramp, very slippery and with ditch crossings. The Land Cruiser will go first and we are going to connect Crawl Control again to descend the hill in a controled manner. Let’s see if t can manage the huge mass of the car, and let’s see if have a controllable steering to keep the car in the right direction. Let’s go. These noises you can hear is the ABS, working the wheels so that we have grip on all of them, without losing control. First we have to go up this little ramp and now we face the downhill. The car is already facing the ramp. I can barely see but we are there. So far, absolute control of the car. It goes down slowly. The wheel sensores work perfectly, braking the wheels. I have a perfect control of the descent. Slowly, very slowly. With a sense of overwhelming security. What from the outside is seen as a dangerous and steep descent feels really inside from the inside of the car. He descended it without any drama. Let’s go down the same descent with the Suzuki Jimny. We are activating the Hill Descent Control. It’s on. Let’s go up the ramp from
está en verde. Vamos a subir una pequeña the other side and we will soon find the descent. Here it is. Let’s how well the car does it. The car runs away, stumbling. When it arrives to the ditch crossing it isn’t able to brake well and it doesn’t lose speed. When the wheels touch ground the Hill Descent Control is really capable of braking the car. The car felt a little unhinged and although I’ve controlled the steering perfectly and I didn’t feel danger, if we had hit a rock or touched ground hardly enough, I think I wouldn’t have been able to stop it. I would have hit it because I was going a bit too fast. [Music] This is the end of our 4×4 group test. Let’s draw some conclusions and clarify some of the conditions of this group test. First of all, we know the cars are not strictly comparable because nobody in its right mind would think about buying a 4×4 of 20.000 euro or another one with a price tag of 70.000 euro. But that is not our question. What we want is to put the new contender of the 4×4 world, this capable little car, against the historical king of the segment. That is the reason why we put such a big and expensive car against a humble and little car. What are our conclusions after this fight? I would say that both cars have impressed us, thanks to their off-road capabilities. The Land Cruiser has responded to all of the challenges with a very high mark, and it feels superbly safe and spectacularly overqualified in all kinds of terrain. It doesn’t matter if it’s mud, a ramp, or a ditch crossing… Its off-road software and hardware makes it unstoppable off the road. What about the Suzuki Jimny? The Suzuki Jimny was more than good enough. It was capable of going up the ramp, overcome the ditch crossings and hold its own on the same places the Toyota Land Cruiser did it. It only stumbled a bit on the mud pit, where it had more difficulties and we didn’t continue because it was getting stuck. With more effort and difficulty, bouncing around, its traction control overcame everything. The most surprising thing for me was the ramp with ditch crossings, which it went up with difficulties but did it in the end. We think the final conclusion of this group-test may be the following. If you want a real off-roader with two live axles, a ladder chassis, low-range gears and a spectacular traction control that perfectly imitates locking differentials the Suzuki Jimny is a true jewel. A beautiful toy, and an effective one. And of course, something we weren’t cuestioning: the king of the segment, with permission of the Mercedes G Class and the Jeep Wrangler (we may have to compare those to see which one is ahead) is still the Land Cruiser. It is a true reference. This is the end of the video. If you liked it, hit like, hit the subscribe button and hit the bell so that you don’t miss our videos as soon as they come out. If you want more group tests like this, we will see you in the comment section. [English translation by Sergio Álvarez]