The Suzuki Jimny was originally developed in the 1970s to conform to Japan's Kei car regulations. In addition to being capable off-road, it had to be extremely compact. And unlike so many cars that have evolved and become larger over the years, the Jimny has stayed true to its roots.
Matt Prior of brought together a new Jimny and an old one from 1989 to see how much has really changed in 30 years. Despite being three decades apart, he finds that many of the key traits have stayed the same over the years. Neither Jimny is particularly practical for everyday commuting, but for the occasional jaunt through your favorite trail or to tour the countryside, they're gems.
Of course, the old car rattles a lot more, and doesn't have many features inside. But in terms of dimensions, seating position, and overall driving experience, they're remarkably similar. That's evolution done right.