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Suzuki Jimny Versus Hummer H1

Illustration for article titled Suzuki Jimny Versus Hummer H1
Screenshot: Carwow (YouTube)

Welcome back to Who Ya Got, the series where we make up the rules a new way each time. In this installment, I want to know Who Ya Got between a Suzuki Jimny and an original Hummer H1.

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And then, only after you’ve pictured a clear winner in your mind palace—nevermind that the wallpaper is moving in there, you’ll never know what it means— with that winner in mind, I want you to watch this video that will satisfy this otherwise straightforward challenge.

The video comes from the Carwow YouTube channel, which has had its hands on a slick blacked-out Hummer H1, making it do all sorts of experiments. Does it remind me of something awfully familiar, something possibly right under our very noses (or perhaps under this paragraph)?

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Regardless, I am curious to know just how wrong my preconceptions of the realistic performance of both the H1 and Jimny are, and I’m not sure it’s a surprise:

It’s not too surprising that a much smaller, much newer vehicle with an otherwise similar overall “layout” outperforms something that probably wasn’t given much more thought or consideration in development after it successfully started running.

But yeah, the cute little Suzuki Jimny wins the race, and of course scores another one in our hearts.

As much of A Thing the H1 is to own, and as much personality as it seems to add on camera given every attempt, it’s hard for me to admit that I would rather have the Jimny. For one, it’s not cool to look like a cop, and if you paint it like this you just start to look like some embarrassing Scarface wannabe.

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The Jimny, on the other hand, always presents as adorable, gently, approachable, and excitable. Not to mention the seats are probably world class compared to the old Hummer. I buy with my butt and then my brain.

Via Road & Track.

Reviews Editor, Jalopnik

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I test drove a Jimny. It is not a great car by any stretch of the imagination. Its slow unrefined and tiny. But my god does it have tonnes of personality! I want one. But being a two door it is just too small. I can’t realistically get a rear facing car seat in the back and with the rear seats in place there is no boot. Its so cheap too. Maybe when the kidlets are bigger...