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The design of the new Ignis is described by Suzuki as simple and iconic, taking modernised design elements from other Suzuki’s, including slots on the back pillar, blackened pillars, and clamshell bonnet.  This is a crossover sort of model, and as such is interesting and fairly unique to look at, people staring and obviously thinking “that looks different”, as happens with Citroën’s Cactus.

The all new SUZUKI IGNIS

I found this updated All-New Suzuki Ignis to be a heart-warming car to drive when I got behind the wheel. The Ignis has no pretensions of being powerful and sporty, but ride characteristics lean towards firm rather than comfortable, which is reassuring if you are the type who drives a little more aggressively. Immediately noticeable is the steering feel quick, precise and communicative.

The newly created smooth, continuous, high rigidity chassis, combined with Macpherson strut front, Torsion Beam rear suspension make the car a joy to get around in, I found, because it is taut and adept at remaining composed no matter what you ask of it, within reason of course. Body roll is kept to a bare minimum and I hardly notice any understeer as the car eagerly goes through bends.

The Ignis has fairly high ground clearance of 180cm, with a high roof delivering room inside for at least four 6 footers to ride comfortably. The extremely small overhangs beyond front and rear wheels deliver hill approach and departure angles of 20° and 38°, all of which basically means it has the form of a mini SUV.

The car is compact, so storage space is compromised. With rear seats in use the boot has 264 litres only, but the seats are separate, one or both backs can fold forward, and the seats themselves also move forward, giving maximum space of around 1100 litres, and the versatility to create quite a lot a space depending on number of passengers and what needs to be transported.

Inside, as mentioned there is abundant passenger room, and components are designed functionally and uniquely, again on very simple lines but very pleasingly, with dark topped, white below, dash, and choice of highlight colours on door grips and centre console.

The GLX has a good standard specification list including daytime running lights, dusk sensing LED projection headlamps, voice control of multimedia functions, (very useful when driving and unable to fiddle with touch screen), satnav system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SD card, USB, MP3 inputs, drink holders on all doors, leather covered wheel with on-wheel controls, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control with speed limiter and power windows (auto for driver), door lock control, digital aircon and pollen filter, accompanied by a wide range of accessories and colour and highlight choices.

Standard Safety equipment includes front, side, curtain airbags, ABS, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Vehicle Stability and Traction Control, 2 Isofix Points and 3 Tether Anchors, auto Hill Hold.

The 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol Dualjet engine includes a unique injection system to vastly improve thermal efficiency through increasing the compression ratio. The Continuously Variable Transmission Auto does its job seamlessly and very adequately. Claimed fuel economy is a strong 4.9-litre per 100km, superb for the compact engine that produces 66kW power and 120Nm torque.

Overseas the car has optional 4 Wheel Drive, so in future that may arrive here.

Available in two variants, drive-away prices start at $16,990 for the GL with 5-speed manual, continuously variable transmission adding $1,000, then the well-equipped CVT only GLX from $19,990.

This is a happy car make no mistake, and if you get behind the wheel of one I am very sure that is the effect it will have on you. With the new makeup Suzuki has applied to the interior and exterior of the car, you might just remember how excited you were when you bought your first little car all those years ago. I was reminded of the fun driving my VW beetle, and had a similar but more roomy experience with this!

“Simple in design, unique in appearance, and bold in its messaging; what’s on the inside really does count”.
  • Engine: K12C 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol four-cylinder Front wheel drive
  • Power: 66kW at 6,000 rpm
  • Max torque: 120Nm at 4,400 rpm
  • Top Speed:170 km/hr , 0-100 12.2 sec
  • Dimensions mm: L 3700 W 1660 H 1595 WB 2435, Ground Clearance 180
  • Kerb Weight kg: 830 manual/ 865 CVT
  • Turning circle metres: 9.4
  • Consumption: 4.7 litres per 100km , Co2 114 gm/km
  • Fuel grade: Unleaded Petrol
  • Safety features: six airbags (front, side, curtain airbags).
  • Safety Rating: 5-star ANCAP
  • Brakes: Front: Ventilated Discs / Rear drum
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual/Continuously variable
  • Fuel Tank: 32 litres
  • Tyres: 175/60/16'', spacesaver spare
  • Basic Price: starts from $16,990 drive-away
  • Warranty: 3 Years / 100,000 km