Starting at just £10,499 on the road, Suzuki’s Jimny 1.3 JLX+ Estate is an attractive new choice in the compact SUV market. It takes as its basis the standard JLX model – which itself benefited from a major facelift last year – and adds further appeal with a series of interior and exterior enhancements.

The interior makeover on JLX+ includes combination leather seats with matching soft leather-covered headrests and a leather-trimmed steering wheel, chrome-plated door handles, and a brand new door trim fabric.

The colour coordination continues on the outside with body coloured door handles and spare tyre cover, lower quarter panels in a fetching Graphite Grey Pearl metallic, and silver roof rails providing the finishing touch. You can choose your Jimny 1.3 JLX+ Estate in the same Graphite Grey Pearl as the lower quarter panels or in contrasting Cat’s Eye Blue metallic, Shining Red pearlescent or Blueish Black pearlescent.

Otherwise it’s the same appealing package of tough, SUV looks, compact dimensions, excellent agility and the ability, when required, to tackle demanding off-road terrain, thanks to its separate chassis, push button Drive Select 4×4 system and all-round coil suspension.

That’s matched by a sparkling 1.3-litre VVT engine producing 85 PS, with near maximum torque – 81 lb ft – delivered from as low as 2500 rpm for superb flexibility, Combined fuel consumption of 38.7 mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 174 g/km (automatic 36.2 mpg and 184 g/km respectively).

The Jimny 1.3JLX+ Estate comes well equipped, with power assisted steering, air conditioning, front electric windows, heated and electrically adjustable mirrors, radio/CD player, ABS with EBD, selectable four-wheel drive with high and low ratios and automatic free wheeling hubs, front seatbelt pretensioners and driver and front passenger airbags all standard.

At £10,499 on the road for the 5-speed manual transmission model and £11,299 for the 4-speed automatic, it’s just unbeatable value in the SUV sector.