Suzuki Ig­nis is fun and cheap

Glamorgan Gazette - - Motors Wales - PETER HAY­WARD news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

THE Suzuki Ig­nis is a su­per­mini with perky lines and good in­te­rior space that drives beau­ti­fully in ev­ery way.

The com­pany has al­ways been good with small cars, and this one’s a cracker.

Pow­ered by a 1.2 petrol en­gine, it re­turned an av­er­age of 51.7mpg over many miles and the gov­ern­ment av­er­age fig­ure is 61mpg.

Un­usu­ally, the top spec SZ-5 SHVS model, with a mild hy­brid elec­tric motor built in, is also avail­able as a four-wheel drive and that should be enough to keep any­one mov­ing in the worst of win­ter.

All are pow­ered by the same 90bhp 1.2 and I drove the SZ-T front-wheel drive in the mid­dle of the range.

It’s a great lit­tle car and the per­for­mance feels good be­cause it’s small and light. Ac­cel­er­a­tion looks or­di­nary on pa­per, but the en­gine is so will­ing and happy to rev that it’s good fun to drive.

It pulls well in all four lower gears of the five-speed gear­box and cruises hap­pily and qui­etly at mo­tor­way speeds.

The road hold­ing is ex­cel­lent with mar­vel­lous han­dling bal­ance even when pushed un­mer­ci­fully and a great feel through the cor­ners.

Yet in town at slow speeds and on rougher coun­try roads, it showed a re­ally com­fort­able and sup­ple ride.

The seats give good sup­port in the cor­ners and the in­te­rior has a good colour com­bi­na­tion of light and dark grey with big off-white door and dash pan­els.

It’s only a four seater but there’s good rear legroom and the back seat split-folds 50/50.

The SZ-T comes with an ex­cel­lent com­bi­na­tion of equip­ment in­clud­ing air con, sat nav with a six-inch touch­screen, trac­tion con­trol, re­mote lock­ing and elec­tric front win­dows, USB and aux in for the stereo, trip com­puter, park­ing sen­sors and al­loys.

I re­ally en­joyed the Ig­nis. It’s a very im­pres­sive small car that’s loads of fun to drive and should be cheap to run.

The Suzuki Ig­nis SZ-T I drove costs £11,999.

Suzuki Ig­nis SZ-T

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