Ve­hi­cle Re­view: Suzuki Ig­nis 1.2 GLX

Fiery Like No Other

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL - By Des Langk­ilde.

The mean­ing of the Latin noun Ig­nis is ‘fire', hence deus ig­nis (god of fire) or ig­nis fatuus (wisp), from which the id­iom 'will-o-the-wisp' (elu­sive or im­pos­si­ble to achieve) arises. With the all new Ig­nis, Suzuki has achieved the ‘im­pos­si­ble' and the fiery brand name is re­flected in their boast­ful mar­ket­ing phrase “Like No Other”.

Pre­sum­ably, Suzuki set out to ap­peal to the Gen­er­a­tion Z de­mo­graphic, which is ev­i­dent by the pro­trud­ing in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem mounted on the dash­board, which be­sides pro­vid­ing ra­dio and CD mu­sic op­tions, has Blue­tooth and MP3 ca­pa­bil­i­ties (via a USB An­cil­lary port) with a good-qual­ity sound sys­tem. Be­ing Blue­tooth en­abled (GLX only) means that Gen Z can sync his or her smart­phone to the sys­tem to play mu­sic and re­ceive or make hands-free calls.

Adding ap­peal for techno con­scious Gen Z's, the GLX model comes with other techno-fea­tures, such as key­less push start but­ton ig­ni­tion, power steer­ing, power con­trolled front and rear win­dows, cli­mate con­trol, re­verse park­ing sen­sors, and elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable mir­rors.

Tak­ing the Gen Z ap­peal fur­ther, the Ig­nis has a range of per­son­al­i­sa­tion op­tions for both the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior look of the ve­hi­cle. In the cock­pit, the dash­board (air­flow lou­vre trims, gearshift con­sole, and front door grip bars can be colour coded in red, blue of ti­ta­nium. On the out­side, the front grille, fog lamp bezel, side mir­rors, mir­ror cov­ers, roof edge spoil­ers, lights and bumpers can also be colour coded, as can the roof colour. A range of ac­cent de­cals is also avail­able to cus­tomise the body sides and wheels. Then there's a range of add-ons, like roof rack car­rier op­tions for bi­cy­cles, skis, or just ad­di­tional lug­gage stor­age space.

A big plus for me though is the Ig­nis's safety fea­tures, which come stan­dard across the range. Be­sides the built-in alarm and im­mo­biliser, the safety shield in­cludes an im­pact ab­sorb­ing body struc­ture, dual front airbags, and front seat­belts with pre­ten­sion and force lim­iters. And see­ing as most Gen Z's have kids, Suzuki has in­cluded an ISOFIX child seat re­straint sys­tem for the back seats. Suzuki has even con­sid­ered the safety of pedes­tri­ans out­side the ve­hi­cle in the event of an ac­ci­dent by in­clud­ing

col­lapsi­ble wipers, im­pact-ab­sorb­ing head­lamps, and a 'pedes­tri­an­friendly' bon­net into the de­sign.

In terms of util­ity space, the Ig­nis has 60-40 split rear seats, so the back­rest can be folded for­ward to make space in the lug­gage area for larger items like the kid's bikes. This in­creases the lug­gage space from 260ℓ (with rear set­back raised) to 469ℓ. The lug­gage area comes with a re­mov­able moulded cover to con­ceal con­tents from view but what is miss­ing, I thought, are some hooks or straps in the boot to stop loose items from slid­ing around.

What re­ally im­pressed me about the Ig­nis GLX, is its power, fuel ef­fi­ciency, and road hold­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. The 4-cylin­der, 16-valve, mul­ti­point fuel in­jected 1.2ℓ en­gine de­liv­ers 61 kW of power at 6000 rpm and a torque of 113 Nm at 4,200 rpm – cer­tainly enough power to over­take or as­cend hills with­out hav­ing to gear down from 5th to 4th or 3rd gear (of course, the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion op­tion does this all for you).

Fuel con­sump­tion at 5.1ℓ/100 km on the open road is pretty good, as is the emis­sion ra­tio of 119 g/km. A use­ful fuel ef­fi­ciency fea­ture is a set­ting to de­ter­mine the re­main­ing fuel to mileage ra­tio be­fore the tank runs dry and leaves you stranded miles from the next garage.

Road hold­ing is en­hanced with all four chunky wheels planted firmly on the ex­treme cor­ners of the car, which ex­tends the over­all width of the ve­hi­cle to 1,690 mm (to wheel arch ex­ten­sions).

Priced be­tween R169,900 (GL 5MT) to R204,900 (GLX 5AMT), the Ig­nis costs a bit more than its sis­ter hatch­backs, the Cele­rio (1.0 GL) start­ing at R150,900, but is com­pa­ra­ble to the Swift (1.2 GL), which starts at the same price as the Ig­nis.

Over­all the Ig­nis is a fun car to drive with plenty of tech fea­tures to sat­isfy the most dis­cern­ing of Gen Z driv­ers, and even fos­silised mil­len­ni­als such as my­self.

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