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UK Drive: Suzuki Ignis

Friday 10 March 2017

UK Drive: Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki is relaunching the Ignis name, with the new car taking on the mantle from the original car that went out of production nearly 10 years ago. Offering an affordable price tag, a good level of standard equipment and impressive economy figures, the Ignis is a little car to take seriously. Its quirky looks add to the appeal, especially for those drivers who are looking to stand out from the crowd.

Looks & Image

The Ignis’ looks are certainly divisive. With all manner of grooves and creases, this little Suzuki is a breath of fresh air in terms of styling, combining ‘cute’ looks with a chunky stance. Given the car’s diminuative size, the Ignis does well to make its presence on the road known – more than other cars in this segment.

However, inside it’s less of a success. A range of cheap-feeling plastics litter the cabin, giving it a distinctly low-rent feel. However, the Ignis is pitched as a budget supermini, so you do have to forgive some elements of the interior. A two-tone colour scheme does help lift the inside of the car, however, and makes it a feel a little more spacious than those cars finished in all-black.

Space & Practicality

As you’d expect given its small size, the Ignis isn’t the last word in practicality. There’s enough room for four adults, but they’re not going to be all that comfortable sat there for longer journeys.

Despite being quite tall, there’s not a huge amount of headroom in the back. That said, legroom isn’t too bad and – useful for those with small children – the entry-level SZ3 Ignis is available with three seats in the second row.

The Ignis offers 260 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place, which is enough for a weekly shop. However, if you choose the optional 4x4 system, this capacity drops to 204 litres.

Behind the Wheel

One of the things that is immediately noticeable when you get in the Ignis is its seating position. Get in, and you’ll find yourself sat quite high up and, while this may be initially disconcerting in such a small car, it does give you excellent levels of visibility out of the sides and the back.

The Ignis has been tuned with comfort in mind, which means that while it does deal with lumps and bumps in the road well, it isn’t what you’d call performance-orientated. 

The Ignis is best suited around town, where its light controls and short overhangs make it well-suited to the hustle and bustle of urban driving. On top of this, SZ-T and SZ5 models come with a rear-view camera as standard, making parking that little bit easier. 

Though it’s accomplished in the city, when on the motorway the Ignis does fall short. There’s a lot of wind noise generated by the car’s boxy shape, which does make longer journeys a little bit tiring. If you’re not planning on going far, though, the Ignis is more than bearable. 

Value for Money

If you’re looking for good value, then look no further than the Ignis. It’s impressively well specced for a car in this segment, with even base cars receiving DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a USB connection and a CD player that is MP3 compatible. 

Moving further up the range means better equipment levels, which is why SZ-T cars get 16-inch alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system housing satellite navigation and a reversing camera too. Top-spec SZ5 cars get LED headlights, keyless entry and climate control.

Prices for the base SZ3 start at just £9,999, which makes the Ignis a pretty competitive little car, especially considering the high levels of standard equipment it comes with.

Who would buy one ?

The Ignis is going to appeal to those people who want no-frills motoring housed in a quirky looking but well-specced package. It’s ideal for those drivers who spend the majority of their time in urban areas, where low running costs and nimble handling are paramount. Add into that a high level of standard equipment, and the Ignis makes for a compelling package.

Facts at a Glance

Model as tested: Suzuki Ignis 1.2 SHVS SZ5 4×4
Price as tested: £12,999
Engine tested: 1.2-litre ‘Dualjet’ SHVS petrol
Power: 89bhp
Torque: 120Nm
Max speed: 103mph
0-60mph: 11.3s
MPG: 60.1 (combined cycle)
Emissions: 106g/km

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