A sassy ‘lil Suzuki

Ig­nis com­bines funky styling with sur­pris­ingly perky per­for­mance

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - DE­NIS DROPPA

SUZUKI has en­tered South Africa’s baby-SUV wars with its new Ig­nis, a lit­tle ur­ban ad­ven­turer that is pitched against ri­vals like the Re­nault San­dero Step­way, Toy­ota Etios Cross and Volk­swa­gen Cross Up.

The cross­over is avail­able here in front wheel drive only (over­seas there’s also a 4wd ver­sion) but it has a raised 180mm of ground clear­ance mak­ing it more suited to gravel roads than the av­er­age car.

At just 3.7 me­tres long and 1.69 me­tres wide it’s a com­pact but sur­pris­ingly roomy ve­hi­cle with plenty of head and legroom for four pas­sen­gers in­side, though the nar­row­ness has oc­cu­pants prone to touch­ing el­bows.

The boot, which has a full-size spare wheel, of­fers a rather tight 260 litres of cargo space but it’s ex­pand­able to 469 litres with the rear seats folded.

The lit­tle Suzuki’s styled with a youth­ful vibe that will catch the at­ten­tion of the young (or the young-at-heart) with its chunky shape and pro­nounced wheel arches.

The trendy theme con­tin­ues in­side. At this price level you’re not go­ing to get a soft-touch dash­board but the hard plas­tics in the Ig­nis are neatly fin­ished, and the cabin’s glammed up with ap­peal­ing touches of colour. There’s twotone black and white treat­ment on the dash­board and doors, while the in­side door grips and the cen­tre con­sole pan­els are fin­ished in bright hues – in­clud­ing red, blue and ti­ta­nium – de­pend­ing on the ex­te­rior colour.

The Ig­nis is sold in three ver­sions with a start­ing price of R169 900 for the en­try-level GL 1.2 man­ual which comes stan­dard with elec­tric win­dows, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, air-con­di­tion­ing, elec­tric power steer­ing, on­board com­puter, and an MP3-com­pat­i­ble two-speaker ra­dio/CD sound sys­tem with USB port and 12V ac­ces­sory power socket. Range-wide safety com­prises dual front airbags and ABS anti-lock brakes. Con­tin­ued on Page 3

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.