Mi­cro, pseudo

Price, space, per­for­mance and style — Suzuki’s SUV-lite packs a lot in

The Courier-Mail - Cars Guide - - First Drive - CRAIG DUFF

SUZUKI has de­signs on the light car seg­ment and it has to look the goods. That’s a big shift from a car com­pany that has forged a rep­u­ta­tion for wellengi­neered ve­hi­cles but the Ig­nis mi­cro-SUV was penned with per­son­al­i­sa­tion in mind.

If there’s a metal­lic-look­ing bezel or strip on or in the Ig­nis, it’s a safe bet you can visit the dealer and have it coloured to match or con­trast your cho­sen paint . Even the black al­loys can have coloured in­serts and that’s be­fore we start on spoil­ers.

Drive-away pric­ing starts at $16,990 for the base GL with a five-speed man­ual — add $1000 for con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion. The CVT-only GLX is $19,990 drive-away.

The GL rides on 15-inch steel wheels and has cruise con­trol, power win­dows and 60-40 fold­ing rear seats. The GLX steps it up with 16-inch al­loys, bet­ter bol­stered front seats, 50-50 fold­ing rear seats that slide and re­cline, key­less start, auto head­lamps and air­con.

Suzuki Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager An­drew Moore says the Ig­nis fuses de­sign cues from hall­mark Suzuki mod­els with modern pack­ag­ing and con­ve­nience —which means con­nec­tiv­ity, so in­fo­tain­ment soft­ware in­cludes Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto.

The pack­ag­ing is first-rate

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