European spec Suzuki Ignis is slightly different to the Japanese-market version; it rivals the Fiat Panda Trekking

The European-spec Suzuki Ignis will go on sale in Britain this January priced from £9999, marking the first time the mini crossover has been offered here for nine years.

Click here to read our review of the new Suzuki Ignis

Prices and specs

The entry price buys an SZ3 model, which comes as standard with six airbags, air-conditioning, a DAB radio with Bluetooth, 15in wheels and front electric windows, and room for five people. Above this sits SZ-T trim, which is priced from £11,499 and adds satellite navigation, a rear-view camera, 16in alloy wheels, roof rails, wheel arch extensions and swaps five fixed seats for four with rear sliding rear ones.

Top spec Ignis SZ5s gain climate control, Dual Camera Brake Support, keyless entry and start, rear electric windows, LED headlights with DRL and front foglights. Prices for the SZ5 start at £12,999.

Engines and gearboxes

The engine line-up is based the 89bhp 1.2-litre Dualjet engine, as used in the Baleno and Swift. An SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) version will also be available exclusively with SZ5 trim models. It uses an ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) with an integrated power generator and electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. The hybrid Ignis emits 97g/km of CO2 in its most efficient spec.

The Ignis will be offered with front-wheel drive as standard, with Allgrip four-wheel drive available as an option. For fuel efficiency, the Allgrip system sends 90% of power to the front axle through a viscous coupling in normal driving conditions.

Design

Suzuki’s use of lightweight structures across its model range means that weight has been kept to a minimum; the Baleno weighs 905kg, and Suzuki confirmed that the Ignis weighs about the same. This should lead to ultra-low running costs, as is expected in the city car class.

We first saw the new Ignis at the 2015 Tokyo motor show, but the European-spec car that followed in 2016 is 10-15cm longer than its Japanese counterpart, which adheres to Japan’s strict 3.6m guidelines, although the floorplan remains the same. Revised bumper designs swallow up the added length, according to a source at Suzuki.

The Ignis gets even more cutesy styling than other compact Suzuki models like the Celerio, which sits above it in the brand's range. At the rear is a trio of D-pillar indents that reference the rear-engined SC100 'Whizz Kid' of the late 1970s, and plenty of options including several colours for the roof give buyers a large amount customisation.

Unlike previous generations of the Ignis, no Sport model is offered, and the four-wheel drive variant will also be identical to its front-drive counterpart, meaning that there won’t be an off-road-styled Ignis akin to the Ignis Trail concept, either.

Rivals

The Ignis’s somewhat niche appeal means that rivals are thin on the ground, with the Fiat Panda Trekking and Cross among the only direct competitors. The two-wheel drive Panda Trekking is priced from £13,210, while the micro-SUV Panda Cross costs £16,360 with the entry-level 0.9-litre engine.

Our Verdict

Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki's dinky SUV is extremely well priced and packaged - enough to forgive its stodgy handling and so-so interior quality and infotainment

Join the debate

Comments
11

10 August 2016
Suzuki like to be different. Smart Hybrid and 4 wheel drive in a micro budget car that reminds me of 70's for some reason. Other than this Suzuki are on a bit of a role at the moment Jimny, Vitara, Swift and Baleno all likeable cars in my opinion.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

10 August 2016
xxxx wrote:

Suzuki like to be different. Smart Hybrid and 4 wheel drive in a micro budget car that reminds me of 70's for some reason. Other than this Suzuki are on a bit of a role at the moment Jimny, Vitara, Swift and Baleno all likeable cars in my opinion.

The rear design is inspired by the whizkid. Always had a soft spot for them. Quite looking forward to the brand new Jimny that's due out shortly.

10 August 2016
I can't help thinking that this car fills a gap in the market vacated since Honda stopped selling the original HR-V. It's refreshingly different and probably quite a useful little vehicle.

30 September 2016
I regularly feel that Suzuki design studio lacks one special person. Something is missing in the design to be beautiful, in the Ignis and other Suzukis

6 December 2016
would do a cheap, micro, four-wheel drive hybrid, not VW. Thankfully companies like Suzuki still exist!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

6 December 2016
Given how tall some city cars are now - such as the Twingo / Smart - this is a natural competitor. £13k for a fully loaded one sounds competitive. How much to add 4wd and hybrid?

6 December 2016
How do Suzuki do it for under £10K, this is their fourth small car in their current UK line up and with this latest one they're really on fire,The styling is stunning with hints of the AMC Gremlin & Honda Z coupe and it's built in Japan as well,with this Suzuki dealers will be swamped with eager punters if not I'll eat my hat

7 December 2016
ianp55 wrote:

How do Suzuki do it for under £10K

Years of experience and expertise on how to manufacture small cars profitably along with not being obessed with using expensive mouldings and plastics to give a false sense of quality but just providing quality through decent design and engineering.

Of course, it also helps that a lot of their cars are not manufactured by them, but by a subsidiary in India where workers are thrown a few peanuts to keep them going.

7 December 2016
Only the Celario & Baleno are built in India,the remainder of Suzuki UK's range (apart from the Jimny) are built in Hungary just the same as the Audi TT and the Mercedes CLA, are these German companies outsourcing their products to countries with lower labour costs doing it on the cheap as well? for sure they're still charging premium German prices for their products.

7 December 2016
ianp55 wrote:

Only the Celario & Baleno are built in India,the remainder of Suzuki UK's range (apart from the Jimny) are built in Hungary just the same as the Audi TT and the Mercedes CLA, are these German companies outsourcing their products to countries with lower labour costs doing it on the cheap as well? for sure they're still charging premium German prices for their products.

Yes, of course they're 'doing it on the cheap', well, cheaper. And so they should still charge premium prices. People are more then willing to pay them and they're a business and in business to make money out of us.

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    It's got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again