Speed Showdown: Manual vs. Automatic Maruti Suzuki Jimny

Speed Showdown: Manual vs. Automatic Maruti Suzuki Jimny

In our latest edition  performance report, we bring you an exciting head-to-head between two Maruti Suzuki Jimnys. While they may appear nearly identical on the outside, one is equipped with an automatic transmission, and the other features a manual gearbox. As we stand at our dedicated test location, the stage is set to determine which variant reigns supreme in the 0-100 km/h sprint and in-gear acceleration tests. Buckle up as we unfold the exhilarating contest between these two Jimny iterations.  As seen in the above table, the Jimny MT is clearly quicker than the automatic, beating it in the acceleration test by a bit over two seconds. And while testing parameters are different for in-gear acceleration runs due to their transmission difference, the Jimny automatic was quicker from 20-80kmph as opposed to the third gear 30-80kmph acceleration run in the manual. In the real world, the Jimny manual would require a downshift to keep up with the auto, which just required a prod on the go pedal.   

Visual Similarity, Mechanical Distinction

At first glance, the two Jimnys share a striking resemblance, emphasizing Maruti NEXA Jimny commitment to maintaining the iconic design. The boxy silhouette, compact dimensions, and rugged appeal are consistent across both variants. However, beneath the familiar exterior lie distinct mechanical configurations that will soon reveal their impact on performance.

Automatic Precision vs. Manual Mastery

The battleground is set, and the contenders are ready for action. On one side, the automatic Jimny promises seamless gear transitions and convenience, while on the other, the manual variant beckons to driving enthusiasts with the promise of full control over gear changes.

Performance Testing: 0-100 km/h Sprint

The heart of the competition lies in the 0-100 km/h sprint, a benchmark that often separates the swift from the sluggish. The results of this showdown provide a clear winner in the battle for straight-line performance supremacy.

In-Gear Acceleration: Unleashing Mid-Range Power

Beyond the 0-100 km/h sprint, we explore the in-gear acceleration, emphasizing mid-range power delivery.  The outcome sheds light on the nuances of their respective powertrains and transmission setups.

Automatic Elegance vs. Manual Finesse

Our experience behind the wheel of both variants offers insights into the driving dynamics that set them apart.  In contrast, the manual variant exudes finesse, providing a more engaged and spirited driving experience that appeals to enthusiasts seeking a tactile connection with the vehicle.

Comparing Fuel Efficiency: Balancing Act

Performance isn't solely about speed; it's also about efficiency. We analyze the fuel efficiency of both Jimny variants to determine how their respective transmissions impact overall mileage.

Practicality and Versatility: Daily Drive and Off-Road Prowess

Beyond the performance metrics, we evaluate the practical aspects and versatility of each Jimny variant. Additionally, we explore their off-road prowess, assessing whether the automatic or manual variant is better suited for adventurous terrains.

The Verdict: Unveiling the Ultimate Jimny

After meticulous testing, comprehensive analysis, and an exploration of their on-road and off-road capabilities, we reach the moment of truth. The article concludes with a verdict, declaring the ultimate Maruti Suzuki Jimny variant based on performance, driving experience, practicality, and overall appeal.


Engine Specifications

  • Powered by a 105PS 1.5-litre petrol engine.
  • Transmission options: 5-speed manual or 4-speed torque converter automatic.
  • Standard four-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case for enhanced off-roading capabilities.

Acceleration Performance

  • Jimny Manual: Achieves 0-100 kmph in 13.64 seconds.
  • Jimny Automatic: Records 0-100 kmph in 15.73 seconds.
  • In-gear acceleration (Jimny Manual): 30-80 kmph (3rd gear): Completed in 10.27 seconds. 40-100 kmph (4th gear): Achieved in 19.90 seconds.
  • In-gear acceleration (Jimny Automatic): Kickdown from 20-80 kmph: Completed in 9.29 seconds.

Performance Comparison

  • Jimny MT outperforms the automatic variant in the 0-100 kmph acceleration test.
  • In-gear acceleration results differ due to transmission variations.
  • The kickdown performance favors the Jimny Automatic in the 20-80 kmph range.

Real-world Considerations

  • Jimny manual may require a downshift in practical scenarios to match the automatic's kickdown performance.?

Price and Competitors

  • Priced from Rs 12.74 lakh (ex-showroom).
  • Competes with rivals like the Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha.

In the confines of this test, the Jimny manual was quicker in the outright acceleration run, while the automatic was quicker during kickdown. So it makes sense to call this test a tie. The Jimny, priced from Rs 12.74 lakh (ex-showroom), locks horns with the Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha. If you had your eyes set on a new Jimny, now may be the time to consider buying one as it’s being offered at a special price.