Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway - Bill Buys

SUZUKI has sprung sev­eral sur­prises in the past, among them its twin gi­ant killers in the Swift GTI hot hatch and the mighty mouse Jimny with its sen­sa­tional off-road abil­i­ties.

Now it's poised to stir up the city car sec­tor with its all-new Ignis, a sur­pris­ingly well-ap­pointed mini with the cheeki­est of looks.

The four-door hatch comes in two lev­els of spec: GL at $15,990 drive­away and GLX at $19,990.

Stan­dard equip­ment in both is quite remarkable in that it in­cludes a good re­vers­ing cam­era; air­con; six airbags; sta­bil­ity con­trol; ABS, EBD and Brake As­sist; mul­ti­me­dia satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion; cruise con­trol; Blue­tooth, ipod, Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto con­nec­tiv­ity; and steer­ing wheel au­dio con­trols.

They also share a spir­ited 1.2litre Dual­jet four-cylin­der petrol en­gine.

The GL has a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, though con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT) is avail­able for $1000 more, while the GLX is a Cvt-only model.

The GLX, as re­viewed, adds big­ger (16-inch) al­loy wheels, day­time run­ning lights, pro­jec­tor-style auto-on head­lights, 50/50 fold­ing and slid­ing and re­clin­ing rear seats, dig­i­tal cli­mate con­trol, pri­vacy glass and key­less start.

Inside, there’s a new class-lead­ing in­stru­ment panel that would put many cars in a class above to shame with its clar­ity and top­class switchgear.

The doors have neat, ef­fec­tive pulls and the two-tone in­te­rior is fresh and stylish and sports more than enough odd­ment stor­age.

Space and com­fort are very good for a com­pact, with the tall body pro­vid­ing lots of head­room, even for folks of 2m, and the back seats are pretty de­cent too.

They can be slid for­wards or back­wards or laid flat, pro­vid­ing var­i­ous con­fig­u­ra­tions to suit a great va­ri­ety of seat­ing and/or cargo needs. Seats up gives a fairly tight 264litres for the gro­ceries, but whack them down and there's a gen­er­ous 516litres, which should cope with most of your Ikea pur­chases.

The 66kw/120nm Dual­jet is quite a lit­tle ter­rier, able to take the 865kg Ignis to 100km/h in 13.5sec­onds; and if you hire one in Europe, you'll find it will ac­tu­ally reach 160km/h on an au­toroute.

It's pretty spritely in town traf­fic, parks on a 5c piece and uses very lit­tle fuel: about 5litres/100km.

It sits tall on the road, so it can cope with a mod­icum of SUV tasks, and it han­dles nicely, de­spite its short wheel­base.

Com­fort lev­els are fairly im­pres­sive for a city tid­dler, though the sus­pen­sion can jar over some of those aw­ful shop­ping cen­tre speed humps.

True Love thought it was just the job for ur­ban­ites: small out­side, big inside, cute as a but­ton and in­fin­itely cus­tomis­able, which should ap­peal to the young brigade.

There's a va­ri­ety of colour choices for the mir­ror hous­ings, grille, fog­lights and wheels.

Ver­dict: A re­fresh­ing new­comer, es­pe­cially ap­peal­ing to two mar­ket ex­tremes: the young and the umm, ma­ture.

Suzuki's new Ignis is quite a sur­prise pack­age.

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