Com­pact and con­fi­dent Ig­nis is right car at the right price

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS - STEVE TEALE

SUZUKI HAS a swag­ger at the mo­ment – and rightly so. Noone can hold a can­dle to this brand when it comes to the two most im­por­tant mo­tor­ing cur­ren­cies: value and style.

Swift, Cele­rio and new Vi­tara are help­ing a brand once best known for mo­tor­cy­cles to be­come one of the ris­ing stars of the car world.

Swift be­gan it a decade ago with a car which tried – and suc­ceeded – to be a cut-price MINI. Al­most as cheeky as the pre­mium hatch, but a lot cheaper.

And the flour­ish has con­tin­ued. No won­der Suzuki had its best ever year last year when it sold more than 38,000 mod­els, its best ever re­sult.

Now here comes quite pos­si­bly the best new Suzuki since the re­vamped Swift of 2005.

This is Ig­nis. It is a com­pact cross­over and Suzuki main­tain that it is a car with­out any proper ri­vals. Mak­ing such a car is a brave move – af­ter all, if it’s such a good idea why isn’t every­one else build­ing a sim­i­lar cut-price com­pact cross­over?

But Suzuki is a com­pany with con­fi­dence and it seems that Ig­nis is the right car at the right mo­ment. There are bet­ter com­pact crossovers but they cost thou­sands more. There isn’t a bet­ter com­pact cross­over for the money.

So, will Ig­nis help the Suzuki band­wagon to carry on rolling? It­shoulddo.It­takesthe­brand into a new mar­ket and should at­tract new cus­tomers.

It means Suzuki has dou­bled its UK sales in five years and is just out­side the top 20.

Suzuki hope to sell 6,000 Ig­nis mod­els a year. Stan­dard equip­ment is com­pre­hen­sive and the SZ3 model in­cludes six airbags, air con­di­tion­ing, DAB ra­dio with Blue­tooth, 15in wheels, body coloured door mir­rors, front elec­tric windows and five-seat ca­pac­ity.

If you want to pay more, Ig­nis is avail­able with SHVS (Smart Hy­brid Ve­hi­cle by Suzuki) which low­ers CO2 emis­sions to 97g/km and also of­fers ALLGRIP ‘AUTO’ four-wheeldrive on the SZ5 model.

It is a light­weight car with good econ­omy and per­for­mance. It also has a de­cent boot and a quirk­i­ness which will ap­peal. And from just un­der £10,000, it is very well priced.

LEAD­ING THE WAY: Suzuki’s new Ig­nis is a com­pact cross­over at a price point that leaves it with­out any ob­vi­ous ri­vals.

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