Motoring review: Suzuki Ignis is a small car with big ideas

by Gazette Reporter

By Declan Glynn

Suzuki’s ingenious Ignis has undergone a facelift, with renewed styling and a new powertrain.

While retaining the iconic design characteristics of the original model, the new Ignis further reinforces its unique position as the only ultra-compact SUV in the market.

It has a new front grille and bumpers, refined interior colours, and an efficiency-enhanced engine with expanded mild hybrid system capacity.

Iconic SUV styling

Since launching in 2016, the Ignis was chosen as a top three finalist in the 2017 World Urban Car awards and has continued to gain popularity.
The new Ignis further builds on that iconic styling in a compact and functional package, increasing its appeal as a playful, yet practical, proposition in the market.

Small Car Expertise

Suzuki is well known globally for its expertise in small cars, and the new Ignis compact crossover is a classic example. Since launching its first car in 1955 (called the Suzulight), Suzuki has produced a vast range of significant models, each tailored to the needs of its time.

Historically, Suzuki has earned high acclaim for its stylish, city oriented designs, compact and easy-to-manage dimensions, while also offering lively performance, excellent fuel economy and low emissions.

The Ignis exudes Suzuki DNA from every pore, while at the same time introducing an entirely new design with unique character.

Trim Levels

Three trim levels are available in the new Suzuki Ignis – SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5. Underpinning all new Ignis models is a platform constructed in high tensile steel, resulting in a very low kerb weight (from just 810kg – depending on specifiaction chosen) which leads to fuel consumption as low as 4.3l/100km (65.7mpg) on a combined driving cycle.

Advanced fuel efficiency

The updated K12D 1.2-litre DUALJET (petrol) engine powering the new Ignis features a new dual injection system and offers both powerful response and high fuel efficiency.

Enhanced mild hybrid system

Fuel efficiency is further enhanced when paired with the mild hybrid system powered by a lithium-ion battery with capacity that has been expanded from 3Ah to 10Ah. The mild hybrid system converts kinetic energy generated during deceleration into electric energy which is charged to the lithium-ion battery and used by an electric motor function to assist the engine when accelerating for higher fuel efficiency.

Car on Review

My review car was a new Suzuki Ignis 1.2-litre Hybrid SZ5 ALLGRIP (4-wheel-drive) finished in Rush Yellow metallic paint. This very well equipped, range-topping, compact crossover is priced at a very reasonable €20,265 (plus metallic paint at €370 if required).

Standard specification includes such key items as 6 airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchorage points, hill hold control, hill descent control, keyless entry & start, rear parking camera, alarm, door deadlocking system, cruise control with speed limiter, automatic air-conditioning, automatic LED projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, satellite navigation, Bluetooth™, 16” alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, roof rails and a DAB digital radio.

Verdict & Pricing

The revised Suzuki Ignis is a distinctive small car with strong SUV styling. It is compact, light and efficient, but has big personality and an adventurous spirit. With optional ALLGRIP 4WD technology, it has the ability to match its rugged off-roader looks. Pricing for the Suzuki Ignis starts at just €15,440, with my range-topping test car specification priced at €20,265 (including delivery).

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