Stylish new Suzuki Ignis is a perfect fit for Irish roads
€12,995 on-the-road Engine: 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol (90hp, 120Nm) Emissions: from 97g/km (€180 per year)
Rivals: Fiat Panda, Hyundai i10, Skoda Citigo Expectations can be a terrible thing in all walks of life, whether you’re eagerly anticipating watching an overly hyped film or you’re dreading a much- needed trip to the dentist.
In our job, that of objectively reviewing new cars, it’s best avoided, yet almost impossible to do so.
You see, people with any interest in cars automatically judge a new one when they see the very first pictures, even if they never go on to drive them and form a full opinion.
One new model that may well fall foul of this approach is the new Suzuki Ignis. The first generation of this relatively unknown model was quite bland looking for the most part, if useful in its own utilitarian way.
There was a quirky and fun Ignis Sport version that punched well above its weight in terms of performance and driving enjoyment, but there can’t be more than a handful of people in Ireland that are aware of (or care about) its existence.
But Suzuki could very well be onto something with its second iteration of the Ignis, tested here on Irish roads for the first time.
The Japanese company has reinvented the model, giving it much more design personality and emphasising its SUV attributes.
To be clear: the Ignis is a tiny car. Indeed, when looking around for rivals to consider, there are precisely no other SUVs or crossover on the market around the same size and priced anywhere near. So, at a starting price of € 12,995, the Ignis is, in reality, competing against small city cars, instead.
And when you realise that, you begin to appreciate the unique proposition it offers.
Up front is a cheerful ‘face’ with distinctive LED daytime running lights, giving it a thoroughly modern feel, but in fact, the Ignis is a bit of a retro design throwback. It takes some of its cool detailing from the Suzuki Whizzkid SC100 coupe of the 1970s and brings it bang up to date.
The nice three strakes in the C-pillar, the slope of the rear window and design of the rear lights are all more than a little reminiscent of that car and it’s all added to by contemporary customisation options such as bright paint colours and a contrasting hue for the wheels and roof.
In short, it grabs attention like few other tiny cars on the road.
The interior has a few flashes of colour too, and clever design, but it’s a tad less impressive than the funky exterior, mostly because it’s built to a low budget and the plastics can feel a little cheap in places.
Nonetheless, the high roof allows upright seating, which means it feels more spacious than it ought to. And it’s quite well-equipped too, especially when you consider the pricing.
The entry- level SZ3 version comes with electric front windows, air conditioning, automatic lights, a split-folding rear seat, DAB radio, Bluetooth telephony, a USB port and plenty of safety equipment.
The mid- ranking SZ- T model makes the most sense, from €14,495, but the top- of- the range Ignis SZ5 opens up further possibilities for the buyer — and not just on the equipment front.
All versions of the Ignis are powered by a modestly willing 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine mated with a five- speed manual
The stylish Suzuki Ignis has been tested on Irish roads and reinvented the model, giving it much more design personality and emphasising its SUV attributes.
Suzuki Ignis, whose stylish interior feels very spacious due to the well-designed upright seating.