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heycar review

      Launch year
      2017
      Body type
      City car
      Fuel type
      Petrol
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Pseudo SUV for the city

Best bits

  • Interesting design inside and out
  • Low running costs
  • Good standard specification

Not so great

  • Some cheap-feeling interior elements
  • Top models expensive
  • Ride upset by some surfaces

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Overall verdict

"There’s a lot to like about the Ignis, not least because it’s something a bit different. It looks great, is well specified, decent to drive and should be cheap to run too. It’s not as classy or as nicely finished as some rivals and gets expensive if you choose the wrong spec, but it’s a good choice if you don’t want to follow the herd."

Suzuki Ignis Front Side View

Suzuki is a brand that has concentrated on smaller cars in recent years, and enjoyed a good deal of success with the excellent Swift in particular.


In the city car class it previously offered the Celerio, which majored on value and equipment but lacked much in the way of style or driver appeal. Suzuki took a different approach with the introduction of the Ignis, which is somewhere between a city car and a crossover SUV


The dimensions certainly qualify it for the city car class. Being exactly 3.7 metres long it is just 10 centimetres longer than a Volkswagen Up, and at 1.7 metres wide it’s certainly narrow. Where the Suzuki Ignis differs from pretty much every other city car in the class is in it’s height. It might be more of a crossover than a proper SUV, but it gives the kind of upright stance and improved view out that makes this type of car so appealing to buyers.


The Ignis also makes a much stronger style statement than the more conventional Celerio, and taps into the current fashion for SUVs with its chunky styling, higher than average ride height and bold detailing. More importantly however, the Ignis actually offers SUV-like space, at least for a car of this size anyway. Thanks to the tall body it can fit four adults with ease and comfort, and the boot space is right up with the best in class.


The engine options for the Ignis are straightforward - there’s a single 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine in two different guises although the power and torque outputs are identical at 90PS and 120Nm of torque. The standard Ignis 1.2 has Dualjet technology that has two injectors per engine cylinder for maximum efficiency, and alongside this Suzuki offers an SHVS version - a mild hybrid that harvests lost energy under braking and uses it to boost acceleration at low speeds for better performance and enhanced fuel economy.


On the inside, the Ignis provides an impressive amount of space for a car of this size. The tall body comes to the forefront here, as it means excellent headroom for both front and rear seat passengers. Legroom isn’t quite as generous in the back, but this is a small car that can take four adults comfortably.


To drive, the Ignis is relatively good fun, if not exactly flawless. Most importantly it’s great in town, where its compact dimensions and lack of weight make it highly manoeuvrable and easy to park. 


The ride quality is good in most conditions too, with a suspension setup designed primarily with comfort in mind. Occasionally it is caught out by sharper bumps, but it’s well up with key rivals in this respect. Both engine options offer useful performance too. The SHVS version is a fraction quicker and more frugal but it’s not necessarily worth the extra cash.


The Ignis puts a kooky spin on the city car formula, and although its SUV-like approach won’t suit everyone it will also attract buyers who fall for its unusual charms and won’t want any of the more conventional alternatives.

Is the Suzuki Ignis right for you?

The Ignis is as capable in the city as anything else in the class, and with its generous passenger space it is a sensible choice if you need a small car that can regularly carry four people. It also has an extra string in its bow with the option of four-wheel-drive, although this means it can tackle a muddy field rather than traverse the Alps. It’s also an appealing choice for new drivers, with distinctive looks and a strong standard specification.


If you regularly plan to travel long distances or hit the motorway frequently, you might want to choose an alternative with a bit more refinement however, and if you want a city car that’s as good to drive as it is to look at, you probably need to take a look at one of the Up/Citigo/Mii triplets.

What’s the best Ignis to choose?

Such is the strong engine range and good specification offered on the Ignis, you can’t really make any bad decisions here. The entry-level SZ3 Ignis comes with a lot of the key equipment that you might want, including ESC, air con, LED daytime running lights, and a DAB audio system with USB input.


However, we’d suggest going for the mid-range SZ-T, which adds alloy wheels and a touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but also switches the fixed rear bench (with three seat belts) for a two-seat arrangement but with sliding rear seats, so you can adjust the space for passengers and increase the luggage area easily. The top-spec SZ5 takes this a step further with climate control, cruise control and a reversing camera, but there is little here that you’ll miss if you go for the SZ-T instead. 


As for the engine options, even though the hybrid is a little quicker and more fuel efficient, it also requires a premium of around £1500 to get it. The All-Grip four-wheel-drive option might also be useful if you regularly cover difficult terrain, but for most people it’s not worth the extra £1000 either.

What other cars are similar to the Suzuki Ignis?

Because the Ignis is something of an oddball in this sector there are few cars that really qualify as direct rivals. Fiat’s diminutive Panda is available as a Panda 4x4 and costs similar money, and although it’s a good car it’s feeling its age and is quite cramped inside.


Of the more mainstream alternatives, the Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 are big on value and equipment, while the Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii are classier alternatives - although only the Volkswagen Up is still available to buy new with a petrol engine rather than electric.

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Suzuki Ignis Driver's Seat

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Prices, versions and specification

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