Suzuki Ignis is fun and cheap
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